A public meeting headlined "Prevent: Racist and Islamophobic" was held at the Augustine United Church, Edinburgh on Saturday 30th April. The meeting was hosted by the Muslim Women's Association of Edinburgh (MWAE) and supported by SACC, Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition, Unite Against Fascism Edinburgh and the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
The meeting was called in response to the growing impact of Prevent in Scotland.
The 'Prevent' duty aims to identify those individuals likely to cause a threat to the state but it in fact spies on us all and attempts to eliminate dissent of any kind. As it overwhelmingly targets and criminalises the Muslim community we discuss how toxic it will be as it spreads through our public sector, colleges and schools; creating mistrust between employers & employees, educators & students.
Zareen Taj represents the Muslim Women's Association of Edinburgh
Pete Cannell is secretary of Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition
Nahella Ashraf spoke on behalf of Stand Up to Racism. She is also Chair of Manchester Stop the War Coalition
Richard Haley is Chair of SACC
"Just say no to Prevent. Don’t take any excuses. Don’t let anyone tell you they have to implement Prevent unless they can show you a court order telling them to do it."
Iain Lawson is a student at Heriot Watt University
Penny Gower is a college lecturer, a member of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) and a Stand Up to Racism activist
Richard, Zairean, Pete and Nahella sum up