Protest against the racist Geert Wilders in Sydney today
In response to the proposed speaking tour of notable racist and far right Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, a group of anti-racist campaigners have initiated plans to protest his February 2013 visit to Sydney. He is speaking at the Roma Function Centre, 167 Northumberland St, Liverpool at 7 pm tonight (Friday 22 February). The protest against this racist is there from 6 pm to 8 pm.
A group will be meeting at Redfern at 4.40pm to get the 4.50pm train to Liverpool to be there right at the start. But we will aim to keep the protest going until Wilders’ speech starts at 7pm at least so if you can only come later you won’t miss it.
Wilders is the founder and leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV), and campaigns against what he calls the “Islamisation of the Netherlands”.
Wilders will be using this visit to spread his message of hate and intolerance. His views on immigration and Islam, including ending all immigration from Muslim countries and a 1000 euro licence to wear the hijab (which he called a “rag head tax”), contribute to the hysterical anti-Muslim climate generated by the War on Terror.
Politicians and the mainstream media have promoted both Islamophobia and wider xenophobic attitudes. They will inevitably give Geert Wilders saturation coverage when he arrives, helping to legitimise his abhorrent ideas.
We believe there needs to be a large, broadly-based show of opposition to Geert Wilders through a peaceful protest outside his meeting in Sydney. This is one of the few ways to ensure that he does not go unchallenged, and will make it harder for the media and right-wing figures to pretend he is raising issues that are in any way legitimate.
We have a responsibility to see that Wilders’ views do not pass unchallenged. Public protests make it clear that anti-racists will have our views heard. We ask all anti-racists to support and attend protests wherever he is organised to appear.
Roma Function Centre, 167 Northumberland St, Liverpool 18:00 to 20:00 today, Friday 2 February. See Protest Geert Wilders’ visit to Sydney: No to Islamophobia, No to Racist Hate
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