Over 200 people held a community walk against racism in Florence park , Cowley, Oxford following the reported racist attack of Somali women relaxing in the park following Eid celebrations last Sunday.
Sunday’s events took place at a time of a rise in racist attacks, including the horrendous acid attack on 2 Muslims in East London at the weekend.
The peaceful event called by Oxford Stand Up To Racism was supported from all sections of the community with Anneleise Dodds MP and several Labour and Green councillors in attendance.
A short rally at the end celebrated the excellent turnout and diversity of the walk and all speakers issued the call for greater unity and opposition to racism.
Oxford Stand Up To Racism spokesman Ian Mckendrick said: “Stand Up To Racism condemns the ongoing racist scapegoating of Muslims, migrants and refugees for social problems by sections of the mainstream press, and politicians who seek to use racism to divide us, and calls on everyone to help build a mass anti-racist movement to stop the rise in racist attacks.”