Anti-racism protest held in Liverpool as city attack condemned

Campaigners gathered for a socially-distanced protest against racism in Liverpool city centre.

The demonstration, led by Stand Up to Racism, took place outside St George's Hall on Sunday afternoon.

Organisers said they were taking action in the wake of an horrific racist attack reported in the city last weekend.

Marvin Tamale posted a video online in which he described being attacked by men in the stairwell of a city centre building.

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The victim, from Salford, described how they stamped on his face and called him a "monkey" and the N word.

He showed cuts to his head and tongue and said: "They called me monkey, they called me the N word, they called me a [N word] but, anyway, all of them started kicking me in the face.

"It was so painful, so they kept kicking my face.

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"And then I passed out while they were kicking me and then I woke up and I was still being kicked and so, anyway, they started kicking my legs, just kicking my legs – I don't know what the what the plan was, just stamping on them, stamping on them, stamping on them."

Mr Tamale said he feared for his life.

Merseyside Police has issued an appeal for information following the attack.

In a statement ahead of today's protest, Stand Up to Racism said they were "horrified" by the incident.

Organisers added: "In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement which has called out racism at all levels in society, we utterly condemn racist violence, and insist always that racism has no place in Liverpool.

"We also call this Tory government to account in stoking up racism against refugees and asylum seekers crossing the English Channel.

"As Boris Johnson lurches from one crisis to another – from the catastrophic handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, to the A-level meltdown – he is desperate to deflect our attention away from his government’s incompetence.

"We must not let him get away with it. We stand together as a community in solidarity."

The protest was backed by a number of city leaders, including MPs Paula Barker, Ian Byrne and Kim Johnson.

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*Anyone with information about the attack on Mr Tamale can contact Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

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