London Assembly candidate speaks out on killing of Trayvon Martin and Mark Duggan - campaign to highlight impact of austerity on BME communities
Hundreds of people will gather outside the American Embassy in central London this Saturday to protest following the death of a black teenager Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed by a neighbourhood watchman on his way home in Florida.(1)
Tottenham resident and Trade Unionist and Socialist candidate (2) in the London Assembly list elections candidate Gary Mcfarlane (3), who will be attending the protest, said:
“The killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida and the racist response of the police in not charging his killer unfortunately has its parallels in the UK. The death of Mark Duggan at the hands of armed police rightly provoked outrage in Tottenham where I live. Now we are told there will be no inquest because sensitive information about the police has to be protected. This is an affront to a democratic society and rubs salt into the wounds of the Duggan family. As a member of the Tottenham Defence Campaign I am fully committed to fighting for justice for Mark.
“I am standing for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition to highlight and combat the disproportionate impact of the government’s austerity programme on the black and minority ethnic communities.(4) I’m standing in this election to help to provide a voice for the marginalised residents of London. As Martin Luther King said: 'Riots are the voices of the unheard', but the likes of Boris Johnson would prefer not to hear their voices. The working class people of London, black and white, demand social justice for all. TUSC’s campaign in this election is part of that struggle.”
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Notes to editors:
(1) The protest, called by Campaign 4 Justice, Tottenham Defence Campaign, BARAC and Inquest, comedian, Ava Vidal and Supported by Defend the Right to Protest, comes after a similar demonstration in the US in response the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
(2) The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands in opposition to public spending cuts and privatisation, calls for investment in public services, public ownership and control of the major utilities and the repeal of the anti-trade union laws. For more information see: http://www.tusc.org.uk/ . In London TUSC is standing only in the London-wide list section for the London Assembly Elections. It is not contesting for mayor or in the constituency section. See: http://www.tusc.org.uk/london_tusc.php
(3) Gary Mcfarlane is a part of an impressive list of leading trade unionists and campaigners for TUSC in London:http://www.tusc.org.uk/candidates.php
(4) The majority of African-Caribbean male adults under the age of 24 are unemployment or underemployment. Black people are 30 times more likely to be stopped by police than white people. In Tottenham where the majority of the residents are from ethnic minorities, life expectancy is a miserable 70.8 years compared to 78.3 years in Muswell Hill in the wealthier west of Haringey. In Tottenham 8 per cent of the adult population claims Jobseekers Allowance. These statistics of inequality are a disgrace in a city that is one of the richest in the world.