An anti-racist protest in Belfast on 31 May. Picture by @danielpsmith Belfast Trades Council and ICTU Youth are calling a protest at BBC Broadcasting House in Ormeau Avenue today in response to the BBC giving a platform to a representative from the KKK …

An anti-racist protest in Belfast on 31 May. Picture by @danielpsmith

An anti-racist protest in Belfast on 31 May. Picture by @danielpsmith

Belfast Trades Council and ICTU Youth are calling a protest at BBC Broadcasting House in Ormeau Avenue today in response to the BBC giving a platform to a representative from the KKK.

This is in the wake of a string of racist attacks in Belfast, and an incident last week of racists flying a KKK flag.

It beggars belief that the publicly funded BBC would invite a representative of the Ku Klux Klan to speak on Good Morning Ulster. The KKK are renowned the world over for lynching people because of the colour of their skin. There can be no justification for these racist, divisive, reactionary beliefs nor should they be given the oxygen of publicity by the largest broadcaster on these islands.

The Ku Klux Klan, and other reactionary organisations, deliberately exploit working class people’s anger at the current economic system and direct it towards migrant workers and other vulnerable groups. Neoliberalism is to blame for the difficulties ordinary people face, not immigration.

We call on BBC Good Morning Ulster to apologise for their actions and, in future, to give no platform to those espousing such twisted, hateful views.

The Belfast Trades Council & ICTU Youth stand for a society of tolerance, equality which respect all people and all workers regardless of background, skin colour, ethnicity or cultural and religious beliefs.

Young anti-racist activists have attacked BBC Radio Ulster for broadcasting an interview with the leader of the Ku Klux Klan. This morning’s interview with KKK leader Frank Ancona broadcast on Good Morning Ulster follows two KKK flags being erected in Belfast this week amid ongoing racist attacks in Belfast.

Seán Burns from Youth against Racism criticised “the decision by producers at BBC Radio Ulster to give a platform for a fascist organisation responsible for the murders of innocent black people in the US is irresponsible in the extreme given the spate of racist attacks in recent months. Fascist organisations like the KKK should not be given such a platform to spread their racist agenda. In the interview Mr. Ancona made disgusting comments about immigrants, ethnic minorities and went so far as to say that people should have the right to request doctors based on the colour of their skin. “

Mr. Burns stated “fascists and far right groups use media platforms to appeal to a tiny minority of racist thugs to help them organise and carry out their attacks. The far right have no answers for ordinary people suffering from mass unemployment, the housing crisis or low wages. Only a united movement of ordinary people can address the social problems facing working class communities. Racism only serves to divide ordinary people and most combated wherever it raises its ugly head.”

Anti-racist rally in Belfast on 31 May. Picture by @SUPERxSJ

Anti-racist rally in Belfast on 31 May. Picture by @SUPERxSJ

Contact Paddy Mackel President BDTUC 0783611836

Contact Kerry Fleck VP BDTUC 07872815968

Contact Padriag Mackel ICTU Youth 07590908088

Footage from the anti-racist march


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