Community leaders to take part in march against racism

The march will end at the Medway Centre, in Huntingdon.

The march will end at the Medway Centre, in Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

The stand against racist abuse and attacks in Huntingdon will take the streets next weekend as the community will march to say “enough is enough”.

The Huntingdon Labour Party along with community leaders have joined forces to condemn the behaviour following the distribution of hate-fuelled leaflets labelling the Polish community as “vermin”.

The public march has been arranged for Saturday, July 16, starting at 10am at Riverside Park in Huntingdon.

The route will take campaigners to the Medway Centre, in Medway Road, where the Unity in Community event will be taking place.

The march is open to all and is being supported by the newly formed Huntingdon Unites Against Hate organisation.

Chair of the Huntingdon Labour Party, Dr Nik Johnson, says the aim of the march is to say “enough is enough, we will accept no more”.

He said: “We are contacting our MP, Jonathan Djanogly as well as all the local councillors and local community groups and encouraging them to join with us, and come along on a cross-party, non-partisan grouping for the entire community.

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The leaflets, that have inspired the march, were discovered in the town last month outside school’s in the area and place on car windscreens, with many also posted through letter boxes.

The leaflets read: “Leave the EU. No more Polish vermin” and were printed in both English and Polish.

Cambridgeshire police are currently investigating the origin of the laminated leaflets.

In the wake of the notes an organisation to help those who have experienced hate crime has also been set up.

Huntingdon Unites Against Hate is aiming to establish a hate crime centre at the Maple Centre, in Oak Drive, to give those affected a place to report the offences - with information then handed to the police.