Protesters took to the streets of Cardiff yesterday to fight against racism.

The march, organised by Stand Up To Racism, was held on the UN Anti-Racism Day.

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Juhel Miah, a teacher from Swansea who was banned from entering the US on a school trip, gave a speech about his experiences. Mr Miah described how officials removed him from a plane in front of his students. He says it was because of his name and the colour of his skin. When asked if he would try to go to America again, Mr Miah said:

I always wanted to go to New York, ever since I watched Home Alone as a child. I’m not going to give up.

There were speeches from politicians including Plaid Cymru leader, Leanne Wood, Jenny Rathbone Cardiff Central AM, Jo Stevens Cardiff Central MP, and Deputy Leader of Cardiff, Sue Lent.

Leanne Wood said, “Intolerance is on the up and we are all here to say no. Racism and intolerance will be challenged and we will stamp it out.”

Many organisations showed their support at the march. Amanda Morris from the anti-Islamophobia group MEND, spoke at the rally, along with Saleem Kidwai from the Muslim Council of Wales, and Hanif Bamjee from Action for Southern Africa.

 

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