Rally planned to call for unity in Notts after referendum vote


Activists have called a rally on Tuesday to show support for Europeans living in Nottingham following the result of the EU Referendum.

It comes after a handful of reports of hate crimes from elsewhere in the UK against foreign nationals after the country narrowly voted to leave the European Union.

Nottingham People’s Assembly has organised the event for Old Market Square at 5.30pm on Tuesday.

More than 1,800 people have shown interest or promised to attend on the event’s Facebook page, with and organisers saying they expect a crowd of at least 1,000.

Notts Police said there had been ‘anecdotal’ reports of hate incidents

Speakers representing the European communities based in Nottingham, local politicians, religious leaders and others will speak.

Local MPs have been invited and while most are in London statements of support from them are expected to be read.

Stewart Halforty, secretary of Nottingham People’s Assembly said: “Britain faces an acutely dangerous moment as reports of attacks on European migrants increase and chaos engulfs the governing party.

“It’s up to ordinary people to stop the slide to a less caring, less welcoming, less tolerant Britain.”


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Louise Regan, Chair of Nottingham people’s Assembly said: “However you voted in the referendum – we didn’t vote for a rise in xenophobia. We welcome supporters of all parties and none to show the welcoming, tolerant Nottingham we all love.”

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