21 March 2014 17:29

People concerned about racism and fascism in Cyprus and the rest of Europe have been called to participate in a protest march in Nicosia on Saturday.
According to an announcement from anti-racism NGO Kisa, the mobilisation will begin at 11am with participants assembling at the Ochi Roundabout and marching to the end of Ledra Street.
 "All over the European Union, including Cyprus, and beyond, the fascist threat is once again raising its ugly head," Kisa's statement on the march said.
"The fascists and racists are preparing to extract significant gains in the coming European parliamentary elections," it added.
Kisa said Marine Le Pen's Front National in France aspires to reach 25% of the popular vote; the Golden Dawn in Greece is out for an even larger share of the vote, while Nick Griffin is seeking re-election and an increased vote for the British National Party.
The NGO claimed that racist attacks against migrants, refugees and asylum seekers as well as against Turkish Cypriots "have become part of our everyday reality."
Adding: "Racist and fascist discourse of organisations such as ELAM is presently 'legitimised' through the mass and social media."
Saying that a week of action against fascism and racism had been organised throughout Europe was culminating tomorrow, Kisa also noted that today was the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
It marks the killing of 69 peaceful anti-apartheid protestors in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960.


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