Aberystwyth Together rally to say no to racism

Tuesday 22nd June 2021 12:55 pm
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A rally will be held in Aberystwyth this weekend, to stand in solidarity with those who experience racist abuse.

The rally, Aberystwyth Together: We Say No To Racism, is due to take place in the Castle Grounds at 4pm on Saturday, 26 June.

Organiser Rhodri Francis said: “It’s an opportunity for us to support people, like Rosedona Williams, and to give our love and compassion to them. And to tell people we object to racism.”

Earlier this month, the Cambrian News spoke to Rosedona Williams, a third year student at Aberystwyth University, after she experienced “traumatising and humiliating” racist abuse on a train to Aberystwyth.

Footage, captured by Rosedona on her phone, shows a white man racially abusing her and other black people on the train, before raising his hand in a Nazi salute.

British Transport Police are investigating the incident.

Rhodri continued: “I saw what happened to Rosedona Williams on the train and it was horrific. My wife is Asian and she has suffered racist abuse. In the latest incident, she has suffered online racist abuse, and I know somebody else who has.

“It’s something I feel very strongly about. Even though Aberystwyth is a caring and compassionate place, unfortunately we do get incidents when a few people do horrible things.

“This rally is about saying we are with the people, we are with those who have been racially abused, we as a town are proudly diverse.”

Aberystwyth mayor Cllr Alun Williams, Black Lives Matter activist Bianca Ali, Stand up to Racism Wales’ Nimi Trivedi, and Yes Cymru’s Nikita Jones will speak at the event.

“Aberystwyth has a strong and deserved reputation as a diverse and welcoming town,” Cllr Williams said.

“However when concerns are raised, for example about the recent spate of graffiti, it’s important to listen to those most affected. So I’ll be there to listen and give support as well as highlighting the work of Ceredigion’s Community Safety Partnership which is very pro-active in addressing issues.”

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