A mass celebration is planned from 3pm this Saturday to “Reclaim Markfield Park”, after last weekend’s attack on innocent festival-goers attending the long established Music Day event. Organisers Haringey Unite Against Fascism hope to be joined by residents from all communities.
Last Saturday a small group of far-right extremists descended on the park at sunset, throwing fireworks and hurling abuse. Vice magazine reports the crowd managed to push the skinheads back into a small corner of the park, before police arrived to arrest several for breaching the peace. One was arrested for racially aggravated common assault after a victim’s kippah was pushed from his head. A Polish festival-goer was also set upon by the thugs, suffering a stab wound. The Tottenham Journal reports the victim was taken by ambulance to an east London hospital, but his injuries are not believed to be serious.
This weekend, Haringey Unite Against Fascism (UAF) have called on local residents from all communities to join them in a show of solidarity against hate and prejudice. The event promises picnicking, music and talks in a family-friendly atmosphere from 3pm onwards. It is also hoped that those observing Shabbat may attend in vigil.
The Tottenham Journal reports Monday’s Haringey UAF vigil in reaction to the attack drew 150 people at short notice. Eyewitness and journalist Oz Katerji spoke alongside members of Polish anti-fascist group Dywizjon 161 and various trade union and community groups.
Weyman Bennett, joint national secretary of UAF and local resident, said “It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, Asian, straight, gay, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Turkish, Kurdish, Polish or Brazilian – wherever you are from, we stand together in a united way.
“Next Saturday we will go to Markfield Park. Wherever you are from you are welcome here. The only group of people who are not welcome here are Nazis. Haringey is united and will not be divided.”
Haringey UAF’s “Reclaim our park: Unity in the community” is in Markfield Park, South Tottenham N15 4RB from 3pm this Saturday 28 June.