Former Green Party leader speaks at Leicester anti-racism meeting

By Declan Lloyd

Former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett spoke to a packed meeting room at the Leicester Adult Education College on Wednesday.

The public meeting, hosted by Leicester Stand Up to Racism, was set up in response to the election and possible visit of President Donald Trump as well as Brexit.

Also speaking at the meeting were Roger Mckenzie, Assistant General Secretary of Unison, Zack Cochrane of Stand up to Racism, Sheila Mosley of the Leicester Kurdish Solidarity Campaign, Vijay Singh Riyait and Colin Malloy of the Leicester City Sanctuary.

Ms Bennett, leader between 2012 and 2016, said: “People were focusing on Donald Trump, but I was focusing on Theresa May.

“Theresa May first refused to respond to the ban.”

Zack Cochrane from Stand up to Racism was also critical of Theresa May’s relationship with President Trump saying: “She wants to work with him post Brexit”.

Ms Bennett also said: “What’s happened since the Brexit vote is a rise in hate crimes, I don’t think Britain is a more racist place than 10 years ago, I think now racists feel justified in what they say.

“Where we’ve got to start is calling out racism wherever we see it, we’ve got to combat fear with hope”.

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Sheila Mosley speaking alongside Natalie Bennett at the Leicester Stand Up to Racism meeting.

Mohammad Sadiq, student at the University of Leicester, who was at the public meeting, said: “I am here because I want to be a part of a movement to hold back Trump.

“If we all work together we can stop Trump from doing as much damage as I know he could.”

Mr Sadiq added: “I believe that it is really important that we have meetings like this to make sure that frank and reasonable discussion takes place.”

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