Unite to fight discrimination; Letters.
IT was disappointing to read your paper reporting so uncriticallly that Veterans Against Terrorism (VAT) will march through Newcastle on February 17.
Your report states the Veterans' Facebook page "says its aim is to hold peaceful marches to put pressure on the government to use existing legislation to get tough on terrorists."
But even a cursory examination of the event page for the Newcastle march you will find that they are asking people to join to "march against Islamist jihadist terror."
Clearly, then, this is not a march against terrorism, but simply a front for demonising and targeting our Muslim community. This cannot be allowed to go unopposed.
As a broad coalition organising with trade unions, political parties, faith groups and all those committed to oppose and campaign against racism, fascism and Islamophobia in the Newcastle area, Newcastle Unites organises against all types of discrimination.
So on Saturday, February 17, Newcastle Unites will be taking a message of unity and opposition to terrorism, racism and Islamophobia onto the streets of Newcastle with a rally at Grey's Monument.
TONY DOWLING AND SHUMEL RAHMAN, Co-chairs, Newcastle Unite