Rooskey resident Niamk Kiernan (top left) clashes with anti-racism activists, including Izzy Kamikaze (top right), during a protest at recent arson attacks at a hotel in the village earmarked for Direct Provision….
An anti-racist gathering will be held tomorrow at 12.30 pm in Rooskey [County Roscommon] at the Shannon Key West Hotel.
The gathering is intended to give people from the Leitrim Roscommon area an opportunity to condemn the arson attack on the Hotel and to reject the kind of casual racism that is increasingly directed at members of ethnic minorities, asylum seekers and refugees.
Those organising the event want an end to the Direct Provision system which incarcerates and isolates asylum seekers.
They are also opposed to the manner in which Direct Provision centres are imposed without consultation on small communities.
However the existence of the system cannot be used as an excuse for racism and for arson.