The EDL have announced a national demonstration in Brighton on April 18th! Our comrades over at StopMFE have issued a call out to block them!
The far-right English Defence League have announced a national demonstration in Brighton on 18th April 2015. With no Islamophobic issue to hang their demo from, it is clear the EDL simply want to cause trouble for the residents of Brighton because we are a tolerant and diverse community that has successfully defeated the racist March for England.
StopMFE are disappointed that the EDL have decided to bring their drunken, racist caravan to Brighton. In previous years, Brightonions have risen to the occasion brilliantly in successfully seeing off the March for England with colourful mass demonstrations and blockades. We call on all the vibrant communities of Brighton to unite and stop the EDL’s message of hate.
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Phew, what a night!
Last night, Brighton Antifascists had a very successful benefit gig in the Cowley Club, Brighton’s premier radical social center. Negative Measures and Teef from Brighton and Damaged Head and Harda Tider all the way from Sweden played for an audience of easily 100 enthusiastic punks.
Anyone who’s been keeping an eye on the growth of the far-right in Europe over the last year can’t help but have noticed “Pegida” (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamification of Europe), a German group who have been marching every week for several months, drawing many thousand supporters in their home city of Dresden.
Attempts to take the Pegida format beyond Dresden have been somewhat underwhelming. Low numbers and large antifascist counter-protests have dogged their demonstrations in cities like Cologne, Hannover and Berlin. With the creation of Pegida groups outside of Germany, this pattern of failure has only continued, with their attempt at marching in Malmö, Sweden, hilariously outnumbered.
Antifascist Network report and thoughts about the Dudley demo.
Some brief reports and thoughts from Dudley at the weekend.
Local and national media mostly seem to be repeating the police’s figures of 600 EDL and 50 anti-fascists. There are some divergences from this. Some media organisations estimated up to 1000 EDL. The UAF stated there were “several hundred” at their counter-demonstration to the EDL.
Midlands Anti-Fascists who called for a counter-mobilisation to the EDL reported:
“We didn’t have the best of days yesterday, with 27 Antifa being locked up for the day as a preventative measure. However, absolute solidarity to Berkshire Anti-Fascists, North London Anti-Fascists and Brighton Anti-Fascists for travelling up to support us. Yesterday we saw the fash protected by the police and the UAF stand around having their jolly as usual completely away from the EDL. Don’t believe the hype, it might have been reported that a militant wing of the UAF split off from the unity…
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AFN write up of events in Oxford last night.
A lively crowd gathered in Oxford to voice opposition to Marine Le Pen, French fascist, speaking at the Oxford Union. The talk was delayed and many of the audience never made it inside, as antifascists blocked the entrance gate and climbed on the fences hanging banners. Le Pen was smuggled in and out the back by police, so presumably got at least a vague idea how unwelcome she is.
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Displaying openly Nazi symbols is illegal in many countries, so European fascists have taken to using a plethora of symbols, logos and codes to hide their real views. This fashion has spread to British Fascists as well, so we’ve written a short guide to help people understand the confusing world of far-right iconography. Know your enemy!
Southampton Antifa on goings on in Chandler’s Ford last weekend.
On the 25th of Jan and with little more than a day and a half notice around 20 local antifascists turned up to oppose knuckle draggers from EDL groups in Bournemouth, Basingstoke, and throughout Hampshire outside the Chandlers Ford Methodist Church, despite claiming 40 Eddles only 20/25 managed to get there, even after weeks of preparation. Why at a Church we hear you ask! Well the Church had the cheek to hold an Muslim community event (so evil these people were they had a crèche!) Now in case you haven’t heard of Chandlers Ford before its biggest claim to fame is the 3rd largest Costa in Hampshire (which the cops made full use of their services cards) and having no links to ISIS. Pie ‘N’ Mash Squad and the Portsmouth fascist scene’s Jaco had been busy giving it the big one online (as always) about turning up but spent…
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Rabble’s report back from Dover.
** 1 banner
** a bunch of airhorns
** a minibus
** all dignity
… These were some of the items a sad crew of 30 assorted fascists lost on today’s ‘Secure our Borders – Support the Truckers’ shuffle round the roundabout on the Dover seafront, opposed by around 40 autonomous antifascists.
The fascist plan to ‘blockade the port’ was promoted by a few obscure fascist groups on their Facebook sites, the demo being designed to coincide with “Sauvons Calais” anti-immigration demo on the other side of the Channel. English Volunteer Force, National Front, and white power flags were spotted on the Dover demo.
As is traditional, the fash gathered in a car park under a grey sky, and on seeing us antifascists retreated to the garden of a local pub – which turned out to be closed. So they were confined to the garden for a pintless…
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On Sunday 25th January fascists will gather in both Calais and Dover to “secure our borders”.
The Anti-Fascist Network are calling for a counter demonstration against the fascists and the border.
We call on all anti-fascists and anti-racists to join us on the day to stop the fascists and show solidarity with the people stuck in Calais, fleeing the horrors of war and imperialist intervention.
The dire situation in Calais has been in the news lately due to the deaths of 15 migrants trying to escape to Britain. The majority of people who reside in the so called “jungles” in Calais are fleeing areas of the world torn apart by conflict.
European countries are more than happy to plunder wealth and raw materials from around the world, through exploitation, expropriation and political interference, yet are never willing to take responsibility for the horrific social and economic fallout from their meddling.
Join us in Dover on the 25th, in solidarity…
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Meet SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG [Russell Square / Goodge Street / Euston Square tube], 1.30pm
This Saturday the 13th of December there will be a conference on Islamophobia organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission held at Birkbeck, University of London.
Supporters of extreme-right groups such as Casuals United and Britain First have been saying they will ‘counter’ the conference. Anti-fascists from SOAS Anarchist Student Society, supported by the Students’ Union, are organising a counter-demonstration against this racist provocation.
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