Fifteen thousand people marched through the streets of London on Sunday (21 November) in protest against racism and the National Front political party in Britain.
GV Marchers carrying racialist banners en route to Trafalgar Square
SV Demonstrators carrying anti-National Front banners and portrait of Chairman Mao
SV Indians marching in procession, followed by Jewish contingent (2 shots)
SV Barbara Castle at head of procession with band playing as it enters Trafalgar Square
GV PAN DOWN Nelsons Column TO demonstrators in Trafalgar Square
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Background: Fifteen thousand people marched through the streets of London on Sunday (21 November) in protest against racism and the National Front political party in Britain.
SYNOPSIS: The marchers, led by the leader of the House of Commons, Michael Foot, and outspoken Labour back-bencher, Mrs. Barbara Castle, the former Social Services secretary, took three hours to march the two-and-a-half miles from Speakers Corner in Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square. The march was sponsored by the Labour Party and the powerful Trades Union Council, Britain's largest trade union organisation.
Main target for the demonstrators was the National Front -- the right-wing party that has been calling for an end to immigration to Britain and re-settlement of the country's coloured immigrants. The immigrant communities were well represented in the march.
Leaflets handed out at the march said the with one and three quarter million coloured people in Britain, 40 per cent of them born in the country, it was a multi-racial society. The leaflet said unemployment was not caused by immigrants, that coloured workers were not living off social security and that they made a vital contribution to the country. The leaflet also called for equal opportunity for ethnic groups in employment.
Once at Trafalgar Square, Mr. Foot told the marchers that "certain elements" were trying to whip up ill-feeling against immigrant groups and blaming them for unemployment.