INCUBUS: Incendiary rants of an apostate anarchist blog published very interesting analysis of EDL. We thoroughly recommend reading it. For the full version go to : https://incubusblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/what-is-the-point-of-the-edl/
Brighton Anti-fascists will be joining anti-fascists from the region opposing the English Volunteer Force (EVF) protest outside the Home Office Immigration building in Croydon this Saturday, the 27th July. The EVF aim to demonstrate against what they view as the Home Office’s ‘soft touch’ on immigration. As always, we will oppose the fascists wherever they appear and we gladly stand alongside the trade unionists and anti-fascists who stand against the far right.
However, we are clear that we are there to oppose the fascist presence, and what they stand for – not to defend to immigration system as it stands. We do not view it as a public good under threat. While not conflating government policy with those who work there, we oppose the British immigration system as we oppose the fascists, and stand in solidarity with those facing all racist violence, whether from UKBA thugs or the EDL/EVF.
DEFEND MIGRANTS OPPOSE FASCISM
11.30am Saturday 27 July Lunar House Croydon
For more information on EVF (English Volunteer Force) and the anti-fascist opposition see post below (“Oppose the Racist EVF Demonstration”)
To get to Lunar House, see UK Border Agency contact details:
On Saturday 27th July a splinter group of the EDL called the English Volunteer Force have called a demonstration outside Lunar House in Croydon, which is the main asylum seeker processing centre in the UK, where asylum seekers and migrants are obliged to come by the Home Office. The EVF are more openly and virulently racist that the EDL and will be supported by a number of other far-right splinter groups. Their aim is to scapegoat migrants for many of the problems of society and to stoke up anti-Muslim hatred. They aim to capitalise upon anti-immigrant feeling connected with the rise of UKIP and on the recent surge in Islamophobia since the killing of Lee Rigby in Woolwich in May. Lunar House will be operating on the day and migrants, many of whom are vulnerable people having fled torture and abuse, will have to queue outside suffering abuse from fascists. The EVF are being opposed by a broad coalition of local residents and the local Trades Council, South London Anti-Fascists, the local Green Party, UAF, One Croydon, Croydon SolFed, the Anti-Fascist Network and others. Say no to racism, Islamophobia and migrant scapegoating – Join us on the 27th to stand together against the hatred of the EVF and to defend people's right to seek asylum. The EVF have just announced their demonstration will start at 12 noon, an hour and a half earlier than their original time. Keeping watching for updates. Brighton Anti-Fascists
London Calling: Oppose the EDL Saturday 29 June
Stephen Yaxley-Lennon and Kev Carroll - the leaders of the EDL - are planning to walk from Hyde Park to Woolwich on Saturday (Armed Forces Day). This is not being promoted as an "official" EDL event but is supposed to be a sponsored walk. Lennon has also promoted it as a “walk of death” because he is planning to walk past the East London Mosque. Although he has recently stopped mentioning the Mosque as a point on the route, there's no reason to assume he has dropped it the plan, given the prominence he gave to it. Press from Tuesday suggests it is still on the route and police are preparing for it as a flashpoint (another being passing through Newham).
Lennon and Carroll have said they are starting at the 7/7 memorial in the SE corner of Hyde Park (nearest tube Hyde Park corner, Piccadilly line). They haven't advertised a time and haven't called for EDL supporters to join them there. They are asking EDL members to meet them for the final mile in Woolwich at 14:00, ending at the Woolwich Barracks where there is an Armed Forces Day family fair. EDL members are being requested not to bring any EDL insignia and to come as “members of the public”.
The UAF have announced a meet up point for 11:00 at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park (nearest tube is Marble Arch, Central line). They have said they are marching to Altab Ali park in Whitechapel, which is next to the East London Mosque. They have asked people to bring travelcards and to be prepared for the assembly point and details to change.
South London Anti-Fascists are mobilising in Woolwich to oppose the EDL presence in the area. They are meeting at the Old Coronet Cinema/Gateway House, John Wilson St, Woolwich, London, SE18 6QQ at 11:00.
South London Antifascists call-out:
Map of the route that Stephen Yaxley-Lennon tweeted on 13th June:
Link to info on police preparations preparing for flashpoints at Mosque and in Newham:
Brighton Anti-Fascists gathered along the seafront to oppose any fascist using the cover of “Brighton and Hove Strong” to find five youngsters and one older man (three score years and ten, at least) all of whom denied having anything to do with the EDL. The six said they would let anti-fascists know if any EDL turned up. None did. Or, if they did, they hid.
Meanwhile, an installation of anti-war photographs at Brighton’s Old Steine Memorial War was ripped down by community police officers. Entitled “Hate is not the answer”, the photographs displayed anti-war messages created New Yorkers in the days following 9/11. Maybe the cops think hate is OK. It keeps them in business.
At the end of the day anti-fascists offered support to the banner-making project at Brighton’s Jubliee Library, Re-making Picasso’s Guernica.
Art V Fascism: art wins hands down.
For more Re-making Picasso’s Guernica see: https://witness.guardian.co.uk/assignment/51af32ffe4b0ae18e994afa7
EDL front “Strong” to march in Brighton 1pm Sunday 23 June
At 1pm on Sunday 23rd June, an organisation calling themselves “Brighton and Hove Strong” will be making their way from the Peace Statue on the Hove border to the Old Steine War Memorial in Brighton. EDL News has revealed that the “Strong” movement, stealing the name of an American response to the Boston bombings, is ‘riddled with far right members of the Infidels, the English Defence League, the British National Party and other far right splinter groups.’
The “Strong” movement is another attempt exploit the death of soldier Lee Rigby by right wing racists and fascists, who do so against the expressed wishes of his family and regiment. The use of facebook cover names for EDL causes has even been noted by The Telegraph.
“Brighton and Hove Strong” are administered by EDL supporters. This new front group, like the EDL itself declares it is against ‘extremists’, which has so often been the code word for religious and racist prejudice about any Muslim no matter what that person believes.
If we are out walking on Brighton seafront on Sunday 23 June around 1pm in the afternoon maybe we should ask the “Strong” marchers: ‘What really is extremism?’ And: ‘Why isn’t “Strong” concerned about the rise of the right wing extremism of EDL?’ In the immediate aftermath of the death of Lee Rigby, interfaith group, Faith Matters, documented the desecration of mosques and attacks of Muslim people: ten mosques were vandalised in just two days and almost 200 personal attacks reported over less than a two week.
Don’t let the politics of hate takeover.
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A hundred anti-fascists gathered at the Brighton’s War Memorial today and left white roses, a symbol of opposition to fascism and war. The White Rose Movement was the name of a group Munich students who opposed the Nazis and were executed. People gathered between 12 noon and 1.30 pm, they held up posters saying “Against Hate, War and Fascism”, “Don’t Hijack Death” and “Don’t let hate divide us”. They laid white roses on the memorial itself.
The gathering was in response to a report in yesterday’s local newspaper The Argus that the EDL would be marching in Brighton and laying a wreath at the war memorial at 1pm. The far right group has been busy exploiting the killing of Fusiler Lee Rigby despite his family and regiment’s request not to use his death to fuel revenge. Knowing that Brighton will never welcome racists and fascists, the “official EDL” altered the advertised time of their wreath laying to 10.30 am, secretly sneaking in to lay flowers. Unaligned and new EDL sympathisers were left to walk into a large anti-fascist presence at 13.00. Passers by accepted anti-fascist leaflets and as Brighton people faced off EDL supporters outside the war memorial.
The space was peacefully occupied by the anti-fascist people of Brighton who, like the Munich students, refused to be silent and allow the EDL to claim the public space and capitalise on the murder of a solider.