Wednesday, 6 July 2016


"I came here at the age of 4 years old, in 1981, as a little Indian boy.

I am sure I speak for all of you that when we see what's happened to Southall in the last five decades, what's happened to Wembley, what's happened to Handsworth, what's happened to Peckham, what's happened to Upton Park, is not a negative thing, it's a positive thing!

But there are vested interests in this country who for decades and generations have tried to inculcate the people of this country that Black and Asian and East European migrants are a negative thing. We stand tall and proud in solidarity with them.

We have an almighty struggle on our hands. Look at the beautiful people that are here who believe in hope, not hate. In solidarity, not racism. But we have great challenges before us. We know that the police have admitted there's been a 60% spike in racist attacks since Brexit. Our people are under attack, East Europeans are under attack, South Europeans are under attack, Central Europeans are under attack, Muslims are under attack, Asians are under attack, African people are under attack. We must go back to our communities and organise all our communities against this growing hate. Against this growing racism.

In France with Le Penn, in the United States with Donald Trump, in Austria with the Freedom Party, in Sweden with the Sweden Democrats, in Germany with Pegida and Alternative for Germany. We have been here before. It was in the 1920s and 1930s. It's a system that's in deepening crisis, it's a system that thinks it can fix its domination and its crisis by flying off to the far right. We have to resist this. We have to stand together. We have to defeat the new Mussolinis, the new Hitlers.

Finally, you beautiful, good people and brothers and sisters, we have to demand our politicians stand with us. Jeremy Corbyn should not be invoking Article 50 immediately. He should be here, shoulder to shoulder with us.

In the spirit of Martin Luther King, in the spirit of Malcolm X, in the spirit of all our strugglers, all our Martyrs, I wish you unity and struggle and facing the challenges as we go forward. Victory and solidarity.

Interviewer: Sukant Chandan - Malcolm X movement. In your speech you have been critical about the attitude of Jeremy Corbyn. So what should Corbyn do now?

Sukant Chandan: Corbyn should not be invoking Article 50, which is a Fast Track to Brexit. It's the first thing he said on the morning of the Brexit victory, just behind me, at about 6:30am in the morning to the BBC. That's horrific. He was supposed to be supporting Remain. Why is he invoking Article 50. He should be here, standing with us. These people believe in pushing back against the xenophobia that Brexit has unleashed. These people believe in solidarity in our communities. These people believe that immigration is a good thing, not a bad thing. Why isn't he here with us?

Interviewer: But 52% of people voted to leave.?

Sukant Chandan: No. Two thirds of Labour voters voted against Brexit, two thirds of Asians and Africans voted against Brexit, Scottish people voted against Brexit, nearly half the people in Wales voted against Brexit, the Irish voted against Brexit. And this is a Fascist election. The people who were impacted most didn't have a right to vote. It's crazy. The East European communities here had no right to vote in something that affects them directly. It's disgusting. It's unacceptable. This referendum should never have happened in the first place.

Interviewer: But the European Union has not been open about about the refugee crisis.

Sukant Chandan: Absolutely, there is a refugee crisis. That the Western power has created in Africa and Asia. But the answer is not to start criminalising immigrants. The answer is not to start developing xenophobia as a response. The answer is to defend freedom of movement to the extent that we have, and to extend it further, not to role it back. And that's what we're seeing. That's why there's a political emergency in this country."

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