The bombing of the Mosque in Birkenhead, coupled with the racist murder of Anthony Walker has led many to view Merseyside as a bad light. However the vigil for Anthony Walker held one week after his tragic death and the show of solidarity after the murder of Charles de Menezes demonstrated the strong anti-racist attitude in the region.
Today, however, was more than a reaction to disturbing events; today was an affirmation that the people will not tolerate racism and will fight to keep it out of their cities. There were those pushing a strong anti-BNP message, warning of the dangers of the local scum such as Joey Owens who occasionally takes time out from ripping the ears of students to get rejected by the Norris Green electorate. Some people were talking of a trip to Leeds on November 2nd in eager anticipation of Nick Griffons latest court appearance. Many more were talking of the upcoming anti-BNP march on November 5th in Keighley Yorkshire, to oppose the fascist demo on the same day.
As the March ended on the steps on St Georges Hall, Tony Excell, Chair of CART asked the crowd to ‘acknowledge Liverpool’s racist past, understand that Liverpool was still racist today and ensure that Liverpool would not be racist in the future.’