HUNDREDS of campaigners have taken to the streets of Glasgow to condemn racism and show support for refugees.

The Stand Up To Racism event in the city centre coincided with others in London and Cardiff, and marked UN Anti-Racism Day on Saturday.

The colourful, upbeat and ethnically diverse event was supported by Patrick Harvie MSP, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, along with fellow politicians including those from left-wing party RISE, unions and refugee campaigners such as Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees.

Harvie said: "Europe faces its biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War and some of the responses have been shocking. There are those who seem happy to allow desperate people to drown in the Mediterranean and we see fences and walls being put up to deny fellow human beings safety.

"By contrast, here in Scotland, we have seen an outpouring of compassion from people saying refugees are welcome."