Anti-Fascism

Finsbury Park attack: defend Muslim communities

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Keith Road

We condemn the murderous attack on people outside the Muslim Welfare Centre in Finsbury Park, London, on 19 June.

As it is Ramadan, worshippers had just finished their prayers after breaking the daily fast. One man was killed and nine people were taken to hospital.

Violence against Muslims is something that the mainstream tabloid press helps to stir up — most insidiously, the idea that all Muslims have a special responsibility to sort out Islamist terrorists.

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How the far right are gaining influence

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Simon Nelson

The British far right will find themselves under media and political scrutiny after the Finsbury Park terror attack. This will bring to more light the fact that, though relatively small in numbers, they are, sadly, growing in influence.

The organised far right is not on the increase but there has been the mainstreaming of some of the more “palatable” views of the extreme far-right, with prejudicial views on Muslims, immigration and other minorities.

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An argument against post-factual politics

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Ann Field

Denial is a dramatisation of the libel case brought by Holocaust denier and Hitler apologist David Irving against the American academic Deborah Lipstadt (author of Denying the Holocaust, in which Irving featured prominently) and Penguin Books (which published her book).

A review of Denial, a dramatisation of the libel case brought by Holocaust denier and Hitler apologist David Irving against the American academic Deborah Lipstadt.

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Mass gathering of European neo-Nazis

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Sebastian Osthoff

On 15 October, more than 5,000 neo-Nazis from all over Europe met in Unterwasser, a small mountain village in eastern Switzerland.

Even though the Swiss police is supposed to monitor the activities of far right groups, it was only when busloads of Nazi skinheads crossed the border that they became aware of the event. Completely unable to match the far right’s forces, they stood idly by and watched whilst hundreds of thousands of Euros were collected to finance neo-Nazi structures in Europe, but mainly in Germany.

Unless the Swiss left is able to really push against the racist tide, the far right will continue to feel all too comfortable.

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Cable Street 1936: When Workers Stopped the Fascists

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Ruah Carlyle

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October marks the anniversary of the memorable day when the workers of East London stopped police-protected fascists marching through the Jewish areas of the East End. The Battle of Cable Street was an epic, and is now a myth-enshrouded event in British working-class history.

As the racist EDL prepares to march through Whitechapel, we can learn from how workers stopped the British Union of Fascists marching through the mainly Jewish East End in 1936.

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Cable Street 1936: when workers stopped the fascists

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Ruah Carlyle

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Eighty years ago, in the October 1936 Battle of Cable Street, anti-fascists stopped the police clearing a route for Oswald Mosley’s fascist march in East London.

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Anti-racism: combine the tactics

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Riki Lane

Amid media storm and police overkill, anti-racists and anti-fascists held successful parallel rallies in Melbourne’s multicultural Coburg on Saturday 28 May.

The Moreland Says No to Racism Rally was initiated by Socialist Alliance Moreland councillor Sue Bolton, with organisers including independent left activists. Months in preparation, and endorsed by over 60 groups including Moreland council, it aimed at opposing government racism, solidarity with refugees, for a treaty with indigenous people and against Islamophobia.

Amid media storm and police overkill, anti-racists and anti-fascists held successful parallel rallies in Melbourne’s multicultural Coburg on Saturday 28 May.

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Migrant solidarity activists gather

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Ollie Moore

Anti-racist and migrant solidarity activists met at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies on 20 February.

Anti-racist and migrant solidarity activists met at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies on 20 February.

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Fascists and anti-fascists clash in Dover

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Adrian Noble

In one of the most violent street clashes of recent times, on Saturday 30 January in Dover fascists, including the National Front and English Defence League splinter groups, fought with hundreds of anti-fascist protesters in Dover.

Anti-fascists broke through police lines to try to stop a fascist anti-migrant march. Many people on both sides were injured by flying bricks and by weapons. After a lengthy battle, the police eventually contained the anti-fascists and allowed the fascist protest to continue to a rally where speeches decried “Third World scum”.

In one of the most violent street clashes of recent times, on Saturday 30 January in Dover fascists, including the National Front and English Defence League splinter groups, fought with hundreds of anti-fascist protesters in Dover.

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Solidarity with refugees and migrants

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Hannah Webb and Zoe Salanitro

The situation of migrants journeying through Hungary has been covered extensively in the news, showing chaotic scenes at Keleti Station in Budapest.

A recent rush of migrants when people heard rumours of a fence being built on the border between Serbia and Hungary, on the orders of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán. People wanted to try to cross the border before the fence was complete.

It is clear that solidarity, self-organisation and widescale civil disobedience can be of significant help in helping those looking for a better life.

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