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article image'Hated by the Daily Mail' carnival protest planned this weekend

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 4, 2013 in Politics
This Sunday, anti-bigotry campaigners are encouraging people to take part in a unique carnival-protest against the British national newspaper the “Daily Mail.”
The protest comes part in response to the recent stories run by the paper against Ralph Miliband, the late father of the British Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, and his brother, the former British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband.
The People’s Assembly (PA), the organisation responsible for organising last Sunday’s demonstration at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, is hoping that this Sunday’s protest is as popular.
Promoting this weekend’s event, the PA says, “On Sunday, all the people hated by the Daily Mail — that’s pretty much all of us — are going to turn up at their headquarters, loud and proud about who we are. If you’re a woman, a Muslim, LGBT, a nurse, a socialist, a trade union rep, a disabled person or just someone who doesn’t like hatred being pumped into public life every day, turn up.”
The Daily Mail is often referred to by its opponents as the Daily Hate and the Daily Heil — the Daily Hate because of its reputation for running stories vilifying various sections of society; the Daily Heil because of its support for Adolf Hitler during the run-up to the Second World War.
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It’s the latter that has so enraged people in recent days, since its vendetta against the Milibands’ father for, as the paper puts it, was a “man who hated Britain.” That anger was summed by the Independent and i journalist, Owen Jones, who wrote recently, “A newspaper that once had the cheek to back Adolf Hitler and the Blackshirts has smeared Ralph Miliband, a Jewish refugee who fought the Nazis for this country.”
Backing Sunday’s carnival-protest against the Daily Mail, Jones points out that, in reality, it’s the Daily Mail who hates Britain. “They hate our proud institutions, like the NHS and the BBC,” he says. “Their campaign of hatred has targeted women, public-sector workers, trade unionists, immigrants, Muslims, benefit claimants, travellers, and other vast swathes of our society."
Meanwhile, calling on all those hated by the Daily Mail to join Sunday’s protest, to be “loud and proud” about what they are and to “show [their] defiance against bigotry and hatred,” Sam Fairbairn — Secretary of the People’s Assembly — highlights the coincidence that the Daily Mail launched its “vicious personal attack” on Ralph Miliband the day after the Labour leader announced his intention, if elected, to freeze energy prices and scrap Iain Duncan Smith’s hated Bedroom Tax.
Fairbairn added, “Millions are suffering under austerity Britain and [the Daily Mail] has made it clear who’s side they are really on: the corporations and the austerity-addicted politicians. It’s the Daily Mail who really hates Britain.”
The “Hated by the Daily Mail” protest is scheduled to take place this Sunday (6 October), outside the offices of the Daily Mail, in Young Street, London W8 5EH – and also, in St Ann’s Square, in Manchester – both at 12 p.m.
Full details of both events can be found on the People’s Assembly Facebook page.
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