First Minister Humza Yousaf is set to address a national anti-racism rally.
The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), Scotland’s largest trade union body, will stage its annual St Andrew’s Day march and rally in Glasgow on Saturday in solidarity with those impacted by racism and racial discrimination throughout Scotland.
In response to reports of fascist groups assembling throughout the country, the theme of this year’s rally is “From Erskine to Elgin: the far-right is not welcome”.
The demonstration comes as both the STUC and Mr Yousaf pledged their solidarity to Jewish and Muslim communities in Scotland, committing to rid the country of antisemitism, Islamophobia and all other forms of racial hatred.
STUC general secretary Roz Foyer said: “Our St Andrew’s Day march and rally is Scotland’s national demonstration against racism and fascism, sending a clear message to those who spread their hatred and bile that they will not divide us.
“Now more than ever, the trade union movement stands solidly beside those facing discrimination and persecution. From Erskine to Elgin, the length and breadth of Scotland, we will root out racism from our communities and hold to account those who spread it.
“We are pleased the First Minister will lead our rally. We look forward to working with him and his Government as we build a tolerant, inclusive, welcoming nation that has a zero-tolerance approach to racism and fascism.”
Mr Yousaf said: “I am honoured to lead the STUC’s anti-racism rally this year as we stand in solidarity to make clear that there’s no room for racism in Scotland.
“Scotland’s diversity is something to be celebrated and embraced, yet racism and bigotry sadly persists in our communities and in our workplaces.
“Now more than ever, with the events in Gaza and Israel raising tensions and anxiety in many of our communities, we must stand as one against those who try to spread hatred in our welcoming and progressive nation.
“When Islamophobia was prevalent in Scotland in the early 2000s, the trade union movement’s unwavering solidarity with marginalised communities inspired me to become involved in politics.
“I will be incredibly proud to speak at the St Andrew’s Day rally on Saturday to repay some of the love and support the STUC offered me when I needed it most.”
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