Anti-Fascism

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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Fascists seen off in Liverpool

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Joe Cullen

The anti-fascist demonstration against National Action’s “white man march” in Liverpool on Saturday 15 August, was a resounding success.

The demonstration saw hundreds of loud and proud anti-fascists heavily outnumbering about 20-25 racists trying to organise a march in the city.

The anti-fascist demonstration against National Action’s “white man march” in Liverpool on Saturday 15 August, was a resounding success.

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Europe's far right gather in Russia

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Dale Street

“The fascists are not in Ukraine, they’re meeting here!”, “Nazis licking Putin’s ass, OMG!” and “We don’t need foreign fascists here, we’ve nowhere to put our own!” read protestors’ placards outside the St. Petersburg Holiday Inn on 22 March.

The hotel was hosting the “International Russian Conservative Forum”, organised by the “Russian National Cultural Centre, The People’s Home”, a flag of convenience for members of the Russian “Motherland” party (Russian-nationalist, far-right and pro-Putin).

The composition, location and themes of a recent conference in St Petersburg underline a growing alliance between Putin and the European far right.

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Why did Tory think he could speak for Muslims?

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Charlotte Zalens

Afzal Amin, the Tory party candidate for Dudley North, has this week resigned after it was exposed that he had plotted with the English Defence League to stage a “fake” march which he could then claim the credit for getting called off.

The Mail on Sunday reported that Amin discussed with the EDL a plan to call a march against a planned mosque in the constituency, a march that would then be called off.

Amin was recorded saying he would take credit for persuading the EDL to call off the march. He also said he would be the EDL’s “unshakeable ally” in parliament.

Afzal Amin, the Tory party candidate for Dudley North, has this week resigned after it was exposed that he had plotted with the English Defence League to stage a “fake” march which he could then claim the credit for getting called off.

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Fascists are reorganising and regrouping

Solidarity spoke to a member of Sheffield anti-fascist network.

What state are the EDL in and what are they up to?

Attendance at EDL demos has been slowly declining for a few years, apart from a spike in interest after Lee Rigby was killed in Woolwich. They seem to have flatlined at about 300-500 turnout at each demo.

An interview with a Sheffield anti-fascist about the current state of the British far right.

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Blair wins a place in the Sun (Jim Denham)
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Tony Blair and the union laws. (Tom Rigby)
Letter from prison (Dita Sari)
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The left and the election

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