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Leader of far-right German party AfD cancels speech at Oxford Union

November 4, 2018

Stand Up To Racism released the following statement;

Far right AfD leader Alice Weidel has announced she will not be speaking at the Oxford Union on November 7th. The cancellation comes following an outcry against the decision by the Oxford Union to invite her to speak.

Kate Douglas from Oxford Stand Up To Racism said “This is an important victory for anti-racists. We were expecting hundreds to join our protest, and the cancellation shows that anti-racists can make a difference if they organise and mobilise. The Stand Up To Racism campaign united campaigers, councillors, academics, trade unionists, students and Oxford residents, and drew the support of the local Labour MP. All oppose the Oxford Union giving a platform to a representative of a party that is deeply racist and has Nazi members. The AfD has built it’s fortunes on the racist scapegoating of Muslims, migrants and refugees and played a key role in neo-Nazis hunting migrants on the streets of Chemnitz. Already we face a sharp rise in racist attacks and didn’t want racism being fuelled here.”
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