I am writing to express my deep concern that intimidation from extreme right street protesters has resulted in the recent cancellation of a planned homeless and refugee aid concert in Seaford.
The concert, starring up-and-coming Seaford musicians, the Koan Brothers, was scheduled to take place at Seaford Constitutional Club on Friday, March 18. A few days before the due date, the concert was cancelled.
The organisers explained that some members of the club had objected to a concert raising money to help the homeless and refugees without shelter.
Despite this, the Constitutional Club was willing to go ahead with the event. But only a few days before the event, it was noticed that an extreme right splinter group – or a member of the splinter group – had expressed opposition to the gig.
Since the Constitutional Club has no bouncers, according to the concert organisers, and because it was too late to involve the police, it was decided that it might put people at risk of violence if the event proceeded.
The splinter group concerned has consistently been associated with violence.
I do not know if there are members of this group living in Seaford. Nor do I know how this group got to hear of a small event in a smallish town. The fact is there are some members of this club – presumably Seaford residents – who consider people without shelter should be left to freeze and starve to death. Many in our community are totally horrified, as I am, that pressure from extreme right thugs could have this effect in Seaford – a town with a reputation for friendliness.
But is it a surprise – given that we now have a central government led by a millionaire Prime Minister who wears £3k suits?
A government which favours the rich, while dismantling the welfare state and cruelly damaging the most vulnerable.
A government so skewed that even Ian Duncan Smith – himself the architect of vicious cuts – has now said enough is enough.
Damaging the poor and vulnerable, whether our own citizens or the displaced ... it’s a seamless garment, created by those who have no idea about ordinary people, let alone about the frail, the disabled, and those struggling to cope on very low incomes.
The concert organisers said the event would be re-scheduled at another venue, working with the police from the outset. Now, however, it seems the event will never happen in Seaford. The bullies and the heartless have truly won.
Hurdis Road, Seaford
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