I am 23 years old and have lived on and off in Bath all my life (apart from my 3 years at University). For the past few years I have been involved in attending protests and some activism, mainly outside Bath but sometimes in the City. I attended the Climate Strikes and was very impressed by the display of unity, joyfulness that I saw there. It gave me a lot of hope.
The thing that I’d like to draw attention to is the racism and far right activity that I’ve seen first hand, from people shouting “white power” at the BLM demo in the centre in the summer to the Generation Identity stickers I spent weeks ripping down across Bath a few summers ago to the Yellow vest protests where far right agitators came into the City to spew their bile, I feel that racism is a massive issue that often gets ignored in this city.
I feel that we need to discuss this openly, and I was so impressed with the BLM demo I attended in Bath in the summer, despite the marring of it by the disgusting people shouting abuse.