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Stand Up to Racism protest: Date, time and location for the Withington demonstration
13 July 2021, 10:52
In support of footballer Marcus Rashford, the local community in Withington, Manchester is holding a demonstration today.
A mural of Rashford in Withington was also defaced with racial slurs after the Three Lions' defeat at Wembley.
Since, anti-racists have condemned the behaviour, with England captain Harry Kane commenting: "If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you."
Meanwhile, a petition calling for lifetime bans for racists from football matches has topped 800,000 signatures so far.
Anti-racist organisation Stand Up to Racism has also organised a demonstration today in Manchester. Here's everything you need to know, including when and where it's taking place.
Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up & take a pen when the stakes were high. They deserve support & backing not the vile racist abuse they’ve had since last night. If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an @England fan and we don’t want you. pic.twitter.com/PgskPAXgxV— Harry Kane (@HKane) July 12, 2021
When is the Stand Up to Racism demonstration taking place?
The demonstration is taking place today (July 13) at 6pm in Withington.
Where is it being held?
Organisers have arranged for the demonstration to take place by the mural of Marcus Rashford, located on Moorfield Street (M20 3HF).
What have the organisers said?
Sabby Dhalu, the co-convenor of Stand Up to Racism, said: "We condemn the racist abuse Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho have received since the end of the Euro 2020 Final. This includes the vandalisation of the Rashford mural in Manchester.
"We also condemn racist violence and abuse by racist England fans towards African, Caribbean and Asian England fans, Italy and Denmark supporters.
"This racism and xenophobia precisely illustrates why England footballers took the the knee at every match during Euro 2020.
"Missing penalties is hardly unique to three black footballers. By reaching the final of a major tournament this England team is the most successful since 1966. What underpinned this success is the diverse and multicultural team. We congratulate the team and its commitment to fighting racism."
Weyman Bennett, also a co-convenor of the organisation, added: "The government have fuelled an environment where racists feel emboldened to inflict abuse and attacks in a jingoistic fervour.
"They [the government] condemned #TakeTheKnee and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, yet failed to condemn racists and booing of the team."