On Saturday, around 30 fascists from several groups including New Dawn (an English Golden Dawn supporters group), NOP England (the ex-pats division of a notorious Polish neo-nazi group) and a few others held a demo in front of the Greek Embassy in London, supposedly in support of jailed members of GD.
Of course, Antifascists were out in force to oppose them, with a demo called by Antifascist Action for Greece (AAfG) and UAF, alongside London Antifascists, London Black Revs, Dywizjon 161, Brighton Antifascists and other autonomous groups.
At the very start, around 25 militant antifascists mobbed up and surrounded Holland Park tube, where the fascists were supposed to gather. After some scuffling with police, the antifascists moved slightly further up the road, only to advance again as soon as the rag-tag group of fascists appeared. Despite a lot of macho posturing, the fascists were content to hide behind, then be led away by, the small amount of police present. Antifascists quickly moved round to the embassy itself, and blocked the road, leading to a stand off with some riot police, who moved vans into place between the two demos. The fascists attempted to hold their rally, but no-one could hear a word they were saying over the heckles and jeers of antifascists. By this point the Golden Dawn lovers where considerably outnumbered by a rowdy crowd of around 70 antifascists. As soon as their speeches finished, they slunk off, tails between their legs. Victory to the antifascists!
Honourable mention also goes to Lyon, which was a scene of a massive, militant antifascist demonstration this weekend, protesting against the far-right Front National conference being held in the traditionally left-wing city.
Yesterday saw the EDL drag their limp corpse through Luton again, despite it being as plain as the nose on your face that everybody hates them, and nobody wants them there.
Whilst the local Asian community defended their area and made it amply clear the EDL would not enter Bury Park district, the UAF, North London antifascists and the AFN (including a large contingent from Brighton) assembled and held a rally. Whilst this was on-going, several groups of autonomous antifascists slipped through the police cordon and found their way to the EDL pen, getting out a banner and giving them some abuse.
Meanwhile, the EDL, who had barely managed to pull 300 people for a national demonstration in their hometown, where largely confined to the outskirts of town by the Police, were they chanted to empty streets and a small audience of hostile locals.
This is the end of the EDL “marching season”, and it’s certainly ended with a whimper, not a bang. Hardly a triumphant return, more of a soggy walk, the EDL had a shit time, leaving the question hanging in the air: how many of them will return for the next marching season? Brighton antifascists will be there to find out.
Brighton Antifascists have been busy recently flyposting important message on the streets of Brighton. Here are some examples of posters that appeared recently in our communities:
After yet another humiliating defeat on the streets of Brighton in April 2014, our regular visitors from “we are not racist, honest” March for England decided to call it a day and to organise their shambling procession somewhere else in 2015. We can only say well done to all those who contributed to this victory of humanity over primitive racism and nationalism of MFE and their allies on the far right. Perhaps Dave Smeeton found out, that next year he couldn’t count on a massive police presence to protect his knuckledragging racist mob from the antifascist protesters? After all during last three years MFE marched only because cops made it possible for them. Perhaps they also finally realised that nearly everybody in Brighton hates them and more and more people were going out on the streets to oppose them, whereas their own numbers were diminishing rapidly.
Here’s what Stop MFE had to say about it: https://stopmfe.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/march-for-england-to-leave-brighton-alone/
Recently Anti-Fascist Network (to which Brighton Antifascists are affiliated) published a statement about events in Rotherham, which is a good response to the far right trying to capitalise on the tragedy of abused children. You can read full text here:
Comrades at Brighton Anticapitalist Action also published a very good analysis of Rotherham case and far right’s double standards , definitely worth reading: http://brightonaca.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/something-aint-right-in-rotherham/
The much heralded Britain First roadshow ain’t going too well. After being forced to cancel their Dartford meeting, Britain First were once again humiliated tonight after another pathetic turnout, this time in nearby Swanley.
Last Saturday, the far-right group (and March for England regulars) “The South East Alliance” tried to march through Cricklewood in North London. Antifascists mobilised against them, with callouts from the Antifascist Network, the UAF and local Unions. Read the rest of this entry
With March for England just in two days we thought it would be a good idea to present few choice specimens that are likely to make an appearance during this charming event. Read the rest of this entry
Thirty-five years ago today, the National Front held its St George’s Day
election rally in Southall. The rally was a deliberately provocative. The
National Front had no electoral base in the area; they sought to intimidate
local people, especially the West London Asian community.
On that day, 23rd April 1979, Blair Peach was killed as he protested
against the presence of the National Front in Southall and their attempts
to stir up hatred in the area in which he lived. He was struck on the head
by a policeman in the Special Patrol Group. Taken to hospital with a
suspected fractured skull, he died in the evening. When the Coroner finally
released Blair Peach’s body, more than 10,000 people joined his funeral
The Cass Report, suppressed for thirty years, admits he was ‘almost
certainly’ killed by a police officer. His partner, Celia Stubbs, who has
campaigned for truth about his death, wrote: “Blair was not a martyr. He
was an anti-racist who responded to a request from the Southall community
to support them at a demonstration to show the National Front was not
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