Anti-racism groups in Liverpool are planning a mass protest against an event hosted by far-right Italian leader Matteo Salvini.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Stand Up to Racism are organising protests against the far-right figure, which are also being supported by politicians and trade unions.
A statement signed by organisers of the protest read: “We the undersigned oppose plans by far-right Italian leader Matteo Salvini to speak in Liverpool on 28th March.
“Liverpool has a proud record of opposing fascism and racism. We defeated ‘Tommy Robinson’ in the North West and Salvini is not welcome here either.”
Yesterday, Scram News reported that Salvini, who opposes immigration and has previously called for a “mass cleansing” of Italy, has organised an event in a restaurant in Liverpool scheduled for March.
While the event is unclear on details, it seems that Salvini will be attending, and will certainly be joined by his supporters.
But a day after news of Salvini’s event was revealed, groups have mobilised against the leader of Lega Nord – inspired by the ‘Sardines against Salvini’ movement, a protest group in Italy.
A spokesperson from UAF said: “No venue in Liverpool should host such a person as Salvini.
“Should he enter Liverpool, anti-fascists will seek to emulate the Sardines movement who are mass mobilising against Salvini in Italy.”
Liverpool Riverside MP Kim Johnson, former Labour MEP Theresa Griffin and the northern branch of trade union GMB will also take part in the protest.
Let’s hope they run him out of the city.
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