Call Starmer to account on anti-racist struggle

Submitted by AWL on 10 June, 2020 - 12:49
Edward Colston statue

Momentum Internationalists has launched an open letter calling for Keir Starmer to withdraw his criticism of protesters who pulled down statue of slave-trader Edward Colston in Bristol and instead back their action.

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The issue with Starmer is wider. Beyond the Colston remark and a few anti-racist platitudes, he has been largely silent in this crisis.

Neither his record as Director of Public Prosecutions — for example failure to prosecute the police killers of Jean Charles de Menezes, or aggressive prosecution of people after the 2011 riots — nor his general conservatism suggest someone keen to challenge police violence and racism.

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