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Anna Lo to speak in Derry on racism

The Mayor Councillor Brenda Stevenson, accompanied by Anna Lo, MLA, and Mexican dancer Nayle Seguia, at the opening of the recent Ubuntu Festival on the quay at the Maritime Festival.  INLS 2614-8278MT.

The Mayor Councillor Brenda Stevenson, accompanied by Anna Lo, MLA, and Mexican dancer Nayle Seguia, at the opening of the recent Ubuntu Festival on the quay at the Maritime Festival. INLS 2614-8278MT.

Assemblywoman Anna Lo is to speak on racism during an event in Derry later this week, it has been confirmed.

The Alliance MLA will be making her public speech on Thursday, just weeks after she attended the Ubuntu multi-cultural festival in the Guildhall.

Anna Lo in May revealed that said she will not seek re-election to the Northern Ireland Assembly because she is disillusioned with politics.

Ms Lo said that continual racist abuse directed at her had influenced her decision.

She also said she was considering leaving Northern Ireland amid more widespread racism and attacks on ethnic minorities.

Ms Lo made the comments in the wake of a backlash against a north Belfast pastor who said he did not trust Muslims, and DUP leader Peter Robinson, who said remarks he made in support of the pastor were misinterpreted.

Thursday’s meeting takes place at 8pm in the Junction on Bishop Street (opposite Poundstretcher).

It has been organised by Stand Together Against Racism (STAR), the group which brought a Derry contingent of around 100 to the ant-racist march in Belfast a fortnight ago.

A STAR spokesperson said: “We are co-ordinated with the Belfast Against Racism Group.

“Racism is not merely a Belfast phenomenon. We have had people put out of their houses in Derry too.

“Racism is not likely to go away any time soon. In Derry, Belfast and elsewhere, we need a standing body which can go into action to oppose outbreaks of racism whenever they arise.”

 
 
 

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