Please see below for your attention. The statement has been prepared by concerned Coventry residents and we are inviting local people to add you names/organisations in support. Please forward this to your friends, family and networks.
'As local residents, trade unionists and others, we are disgusted that once again a local hotel, bar or club (as yet not identified) in Coventry or Warwickshire has been targeted as a potential host for Nazi bands to run a ‘gig’ under the guise of a ‘birthday party’.
Previous ‘Unstoppable Hate’ events, organised by the same individual, have attracted notorious ‘white power’ bands from across western Europe and have resulted in open Nazis visiting Coventry to advocate racist violence and spread their messages of violence, hate and division. Despicably this latest gig is being planned for the day after Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27th), which commemorates the mass murder of six million Jewish and other men, women and children in ghettos, mass-shootings, concentration camps and extermination camps. We contend that the Unstoppable Hate gigs are part of an attempt to restore the movement that led to the Holocaust across Europe today.
Consequently, we urge both Coventry & Warwickshire Councils to urgently discuss this issue and to use all their powers to oppose this gig taking place in our area. This is an affront to decency and a direct threat to those targeted by these thugs. We cannot simply ignore this threat and allow these people to have a local platform to organise and intimidate.
We urge all local venues (Coventry and Warwickshire) to check their bookings for the 28th and to immediately cancel any they realise have been booked for this event (under the guise of a ‘birthday party’).
If venues and the relevant authorities still allow this gig to proceed we will organise a direct peaceful protest to demonstrate that the views of ‘Unstoppable Hate’ do not represent those of the vast majority of local residents who celebrate and embrace our diversity and oppose the politics of hate'.
Unite against Fascism - Coventry