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Graham Stevenson, the Communist candidate for the WMCA Mayor, has called on fellow candidates to join him in supporting the counter demonstration against the English Defence League in Victoria Square from 1pm - 4pm on Saturday April 8th.

“In a cynical move to reinforce their hatred of our diverse communities, the English Defence League have switched a demonstration, planned to take place in Derby, to the city of Birmingham.

This is their opportunist response to the events of Wednesday March 22nd in Westminster, where five people were killed and many critically injured. While we joined together as a city to mourn the dead, the EDL decided to capitalise on our grief, seeking to divide and spread their Islamophobia.

We will not give the oxygen of publicity to their fascist ideas, and we will not stand by and allow them to circulate their incitement to hate. We will however remain proud of our city, and its vibrant blend of cultures and experiences. History has shown that fascists will always be defeated; we stand in solidarity against the EDL.

I ask the five other candidates to offer themselves to speak as one in a common statement of support for community cohesion.”

  • The individual will reach full realization as a human creature, once the chains of alienation are broken. This will be translated concretely into the reconquering of one's true nature through liberated labor, and the expression of one's own human condition through culture and art
    Che Guevara Socialism and Man in Cuba
  • Literary works cannot be taken over like factories, or literary forms of expression like industrial methods. Realist writing, of which history offers many widely varying examples, is likewise conditioned by the question of how, when and for what class it is made use of.
    Bertholt Brecht Playwright and Poet (1898-1956)
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