Saturday, 9 March 2013

Swansea Council leader speaks out on Black Pride march in city centre


Swansea Council leader speaks out on Black Pride march in city centre

South Wales Evening Post
By ruth Mosalski

SUPPORTERS travelling to a march called Black Pride being held in Swansea are not welcome in the city, council leader David Phillips has said.
Supporters of Saturday's rally, that will coincide with the Black Pride World Wide Day, are being urged to bring along flags of "black nations" and to be "part of history with the UK's first Black Pride World Wide day demo".
However Swansea Council leader David Phillips has said that any supporters of organisations like the African & Caribbean Society should stay away from the city.
He said: "They are not welcome in Swansea.
"Their message is opposed by the vast majority of people in our city.
"We do not want them here and I think people in Swansea will make that clear on Saturday."
Elsewhere, anti-fascist campaigners, MPs and trade unionists, have also condemned the planned rally due to be held in Castle Square.
A spokesman for Swansea Unite Against Fascism (SUAF) Wales said: "Swansea UAF has been informed that the the African & Caribbean society have now organised transport from across the UK to attend their Black Pride event ."As a consequence our new assembly point is in front of the National Waterfront Museum at 11.30am."
Neath MP Peter Hain, speaking at a SUAF rally organised to oppose Saturday's march, said: "There should be no place in our society for race hatred."
Andy Richards, Wales Secretary of Unite Union, said: "There is no place in Wales for the politics of hate. We will always fight fear- mongering."
Another SUAF supporter said: "The SUAF march will be a peaceful one, with speakers from different political parties, trade unions and religious organisations coming together to show how the people of Swansea oppose bigotry, and are standing together to maintain the multicultural nature of our city."
Meanwhile, a message posted on a website called South Wales African Caribbean Society, which says it is not an official SWACS site, denied that the Black Pride March was being organised purely by the Afriican National Congress (ANC).
It said: "The march is being organised and supported by a collective of independent black organisations.
"Those who attempt to play on the current divisions within the black community by painting the march an exclusively ANC one will find their efforts frustrated."
Police have confirmed that they will be monitoring the event.
A spokesman South Wales Police said: "The police have a responsibility to facilitate a person's right to demonstrate lawfully.
"We are aware of the planned march in Swansea on March 9, and, as you would expect, officers will be on duty to safeguard the right of the general public to go about their normal business, and to ensure the demonstrations do not disrupt local business activities."