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Anti-racism protest party planned close to Morrissey’s Manchester gig

‘One Nation Under a Groove’ is a planned protest party set to be hosted close to Morrissey’s Manchester concert.

The event, which is organised DJ and writer Dave Haslam, is “in response to Morrissey’s divisive views, and his support for the far-right” and has asked all people attending to be expect “solidarity, love, unity, positivity, reggae, funk, soul, and disco.”

Putting on a host of musical guests, the free event will ask for donations which will be passed on to the Love Music Hate Racism organisation.

Morrissey, somewhat controversially, has taken to voicing his political opinions more prominently in recent years. At one stage, Morrissey seemingly suggested that Hitler was left-wing before hitting out London mayor Sadiq Kahn by saying he “cannot talk properly” in an explosive interview. To follow, the 58-year-old seemingly offered his support to the controversial right-wing figure Tommy Robinson.

Planned for July 8th, the protest party will be held at Revolution bar, located near Castlefield Bowl running from 3pm until midnight.

Here’s the description as found on their Facebook page:

“In recent years, the ex-Smiths singer’s views on race have become particularly strident. Morrissey has described the Chinese people “a sub-species”, heavily criticised Angela Merkel for opening German borders to refugees, and has gone on record supporting far-right figures like Anne Marie Waters and EDL founder Tommy Robinson. He does, however, claim to have “Muslim friends.”

“Morrissey hasn’t lived in the city for thirty years – he lives abroad in tax exile – and has now joined the ranks of various right-wing politicians, tax exiles, tabloids, and media hate-slingers seeking to divide our community.

“Manchester is our home, it’s a city built on immigration, a city with an amazing legacy of great bands and wonderful clubs.

“How do we counter the hate? Let the music do the talking; by throwing a free party, a celebratory all dayer of beautifully diverse soul-filled, hope-filled music.”