United against racism – 8,000 march in most ethnically diverse demo ever seen in NI

Saturday afternoon in Belfast saw 8,000 people march together in the most ethnically diverse political demonstration ever seen in Northern Ireland.

The Unite Against Racism march was organised by Amnesty International, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM).

The Northern Ireland Executive has let down members of minority ethnic communities by failing to deliver a Racial Equality Strategy, first promised in 2007, which would form a comprehensive plan to combat racism.

Saturday’s march was a response from civil society and was led by Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nichola Mallon; Rev Dr Donald Watts, President of the Irish Council of Churches; and Dr Mazhar M. Khan, a leader from the Muslim community in Northern Ireland, alongside the parade organisers.

Ministers have announced that they now hope to deliver a draft Racial Equality Strategy before Stormont’s summer recess.