The Manchester students who protested against Islamophobic posters on campus have received more abuse

‘It’s our identity you thick inbred bitch’


In the wake of Islamophobic posters being found in the University of Manchester Students' Union on Wednesday, Manchester students staged an immediate protest to say no to racism on campus. After sharing the protest on Facebook, Manchester Students' Union Diversity Officer Riddi Visu was subject to abuse by supporters of the radical group that put up the Islamophobic posters.

The posters were put up by the radical group Generation Identity, an "International Identitarian movement" that fights for "ethnopluralism," a hypothetical far-right concept involving ethnical segregation.

It has been disheartening to see these Generation Identity movement posters all around the campus with wordings like…

Posted by Riddi Visu SU on Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Riddi Visu stated via Facebook after finding the posters around campus that Manchester SU "stands for diversity, equality and inclusion and is definitely not against immigration".

Riddi was then subject to racial abuse in the comments of her Facebook status by supporters of Generation Identity.

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In July, Manchester SU students received death threats when they partially painted over the poem 'If' by Rudyard Kipling and replaced it with 'Still I Rise' by Maya Angelou.

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Manchester SU Liberation and Access Officer Sara Khan with the finished 'Still I Rise' protest piece

Despite the abuse and death threats, Riddi Visu and Manchester SU Executives are still determined to rise above racism on campus. "Kick Racism off Campus", a student counter-movement to Generation Identity "that campaigns against islamophobia, antisemitism and racism of all kinds", is in the process of being organised by Manchester Students' Union.

Speaking exclusively to The Manchester Tab , Riddi said: "Some of the responses received following my social media post about the hateful posters inside the SU are absolutely unacceptable. I will not dignify those disgraceful comments with any response. Instead, I would like to take this opportunity to re-iterate that the SU believes in equality, diversity and inclusion. We are a safe space and do not and will not tolerate any kind of behaviour which threatens the safe and tolerant environment that we work hard to create at the SU."

Find the first 'Kick Racism Off Campus' meeting here.