UKIP are holding a meeting in Hove on Tuesday 13th. May, where their two SE MEP candidates are due to appear.
Previous meetings in Brighton & Hove have been met with sizable and vocal protests. Lets make Tuesday no different.
Their meeting is at Ralli Hall, diagonally opposite Hove train station, and we are meeting at 6.30 pm.
We are deeply concerned by the rising level of support for UKIP, shown in recent elections and opinion polls.
UKIP is a far-right populist party. It is similar to far-right populist parties across Europe — such as Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Netherlands — and the Tea Party movement in the US.
Like these parties, UKIP stirs up racism and reactionary views. It scapegoats immigrants, blaming them for the economic crisis, unemployment and lack of housing.
UKIP has also targeted Muslims, LGBT people and other minority communities. It attacks our multicultural society.
It encourages a racist and reactionary current of public opinion that threatens black and Asian people, Jewish people, Eastern Europeans, LGBT people and others.
The problems we confront are not due to immigration, our multicultural society, equal rights, or the influence of supposedly ‘alien’ ideas or culture.
The bankers and their rich City friends are to blame for the economic crisis and austerity. Creating division and hatred in our communities will make life worse for everyone.
We believe people of goodwill must come together to stand up to UKIP and say no to its racism and reactionary ideas — regardless of our differing views on Europe or other political issues.
If we do not, there is a danger that UKIP will grow in influence. This will give increasing legitimacy to its racist scapegoating, which in turn will have an impact on mainstream politics.
Such a climate of racist and reactionary ideas also creates a fertile breeding ground for fascist organisations, such as the British National Party and the English Defence League.
We call on all those who reject racism, scapegoating and xenophobic nationalism to join us in campaigning against UKIP. Let’s say no to racism and stand up for our multicultural society.