Friday 12 February 2016

Anti Fascists outnumber National Front demo in Dover

Around 150 Nazis were outnumbered by a larger counter-protest when they marched in Dover on Saturday 30 January. Racists from several splintered Nazi groups had travelled from all over Britain to join the anti-immigration march called by the National Front. The racists said they were also marching in support of cross channel lorry drivers, as migrants trapped in the Calais refugee camp often try to escape to Britain by jumping on the back of lorries.

Anti-Nazis organised to let them know they’re not welcome and to reject their hatred. The protest was organised by Kent Anti-Racism Network and supported by Unite Against Fascism (UAF).

Many speakers at the anti-fascist rally linked the Nazi march to the anti-migrant racism pushed by the Tories. Labour MP Diane Abbott said, “I’m proud that Jeremy Corbyn visited the Calais refugee camp last week. I’m proud to have accompanied him.

“I was sitting in the House of Commons last week. I saw and heard David Cameron say that Jeremy Corbyn had been in Calais with ‘a bunch of migrants’.

She added, “We cannot allow the fascists to divide us.”

Weyman Bennett from UAF also spoke. He said, “When you look at the racism pushed in France, you see the rise of fascists. You see the rise of the Front National. The fascists look across parts of Europe and want to emulate Jobbik or Golden Dawn.

“We won’t stand for their scapegoating and have to push them back like we did the EDL and BNP”. Greens, Labour, and many Trades Unionists, also spoke.

The racists attacked anti-fascists with bricks, rocks and bottles.

Police also held a number of anti-fascists travelling to the demo in coaches at Maidstone service station, near Dover, for around five hours. A group on their way to the Nazi demo had attacked the anti-fascists at the service station.

Dover shows the need for vigilance as the far right and fascists are emboldened by the hostile climate being whipped up against refugees.  They want to emulate their fascist counterparts in Europe who are direct evermore hatred at refugees. UAF will continue to stand up for refugees and all those that the far right target.


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