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Frankie Boyle and Irvine Welsh give backing to Erskine anti-racism protest

Comedian Frankie Boyle and writer Irvine Welsh are among those who have signed an open letter backing anti-racism protests in Erskine.

The Express told earlier this week that a mass demonstration is being organised in Erskine this weekend amid calls from the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) for workers and the wider public to “drive nazi-hatred off our streets”.

The event has been organised with the aim of countering racially-motivated protests being held outside the Muthu Glasgow River Hotel since February.

The letter says: “We, the undersigned, give our wholehearted support to the demonstration and community event to be held in Erskine on May 21 by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and Stand up to Racism - Scotland (SUTR).

“We have been disgusted by the recent efforts by the neo-Nazi group Homeland (a recent split from the fascist outfit Patriotic Alternative) to harass and intimidate asylum seekers who have been placed in the local Muthu Glasgow River Hotel by the UK Home Office.

“We commend the local residents who have made a stand against them.

“People fleeing war and conflict should be welcomed here in Scotland. We believe that the decent majority in this country want to do exactly that.”

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