The rise of racism and fascism in Europe is a clear and present danger – nowhere more so than in Greece. Unite Against Fascism is delighted to support developing and serious initiatives that can meet this threat. The rise of the Nazi Golden Dawn party in Greece has sent shockwaves across the continent. Now the response in the name of the majority of people in Europe is gathering pace.
Saturday 15 December will see a silent procession in Athens, highlighting the danger. It is called by the European Grassroots Anti-racist Movement. UAF will send a message of support, congratulates the organisers and warmly welcomes the call from leading intellectuals – such as Dario Fo and Franca Rame – to stand up everywhere to the fascist threat. The time to speak out is now.
UAF is also supporting the international day of action on 19 January called by a broad range of anti-fascist and immigrant organisations in Greece with the theme Athens – anti-fascist city. That day will see a nationwide rally and anti-fascist festival in the Greek capital and solidarity protests in other countries. UAF has called a solidarity demonstration outside the Greek embassy in London and is circulating a statement of support for it.
We aim to bring together all the communities and sectors of opinion in this country who are alarmed at the rise of Golden Dawn and who wish to stand together against it. Shock at the rise of Golden Dawn is leading to a new coming together of anti-fascist forces in Greece and elsewhere. We applaud the collaboration and co-ordination of those in Greece and elsewhere who through successive initiatives aim to enhance the unity and effectiveness of the anti-fascist movement. UAF pledges to play our part to assist these welcome developments and to support our friends and colleagues abroad.
But we are in no way complacent about the situation in Britain, where we have two fascist MEPs and where the combined vote of the BNP and populist parties to the right of the Tories was 34 percent in the recent Rotherham by-election. We stand with all those resisting the tide of racism and fascism in Europe. Our central contribution to that is driving back the threat we face in Britain too. By countering the threat at home, we can make a real contribution to defeating it abroad.
Europe wide day of action: London Anti-fascist city
Saturday 19 January 2013, demonstration outside the Greek embassy, London
Called by Unite Against Fascism
Supported by the Greece Solidarity Campaign and Solidarity with the Greek Resistance
Sign the statement below
The rise of the fascist right, racism and xenophobia across Europe is frightening. Nowhere more so than in Greece.
The Golden Dawn Party is unashamedly anti-Semitic. It is directly involved in attacks on immigrants and the Muslim community, which are happening daily. Critical journalists and oppositional politicians have also been targeted.
Golden Dawn doesn’t seek to hide its neo-Nazi credentials or regalia. Yet it is in the Greek parliament and third in the polls despite one of its leaders physically assaulting two women MPs on television before polling day.
Far from being exposed by the glare of publicity, Golden Dawn has used it to grow since entering parliament. Its is organising paramilitary gangs and it has infiltrated sections of the police.
Neither conceding to their bigotry nor hoping the storm will pass have ever stopped fascist storm troopers. And Greece, in a 1930s-style economic meltdown is facing the real threat of fascism.
The very word democracy comes to us from Greek. Now in a country that has recent memories of military coup, democracy is again imperilled.
We stand with the suffering Greek people, in their majority, against the most serious threat of fascism any where in Europe in our lifetime.
We support the call for an international day of action to highlight the threat of fascism in Greece. We stand with the civil society organisations and intellectuals who are rallying on 19 January under the banner: Athens – Anti-fascist city. We will gather outside the Greek embassy on that day in London.
It is neither too alarmist nor to late to take this threat seriously. if not now, when?
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