Friday 12 May 2017

Forthcoming UAF mobilisations against EDL & Britain First – Birmingham & Liverpool


The far right in the UK is marginal, fragmented and small. The latest fascist demonstration in Croydon, last weekend saw just 26 fascists outnumbered by hundreds of anti fascists.

 Provocatively, given the long and proud history of anti fascism on Merseyside (especially recently) the EDL state they are going to Liverpool on June 3rd. This move has alarmed many in what’s left of the EDL, which mobilises very few thugs compared to its early years. UAF has called a mobilisation and launched a well supported Unity statement (see below)
The notorious, Islamophobic sect Britain First have also called a demonstration in Birmingham, on the same day as the EDL are to set foot in Liverpool. Offensively claiming that Birmingham is the ‘Jihadi capital’ of Britain, Britain First were only last week prevented from entering a Stand Up to Racism summit, in the city.
          However, against a backdrop of Islamophobia and anti migrant rhetoric, internationally, eg Le Pen in France, UK fascists remain active. The Front National, (whose roots lie in fascist, Vichy France) going  through to the second round of the Presidential elections, and their disturbingly high vote, motivates fascists such as the EDL, Britain First and other splinters such as the South East Alliance.
Whenever the range of small fascist groups mobilises they are challenged by almost always larger groups of anti fascists. Croydon is just the latest example. Edinburgh and London recently, are others.
Fascists in the UK  have not recovered from electoral and street defeats suffered by the BNP and the EDL, which led to the leader of the latter, Tommy Robinson, resigning. Indeed, Robinson now occupies a lowly position of being a supposed, media commentator, the reality is different. He and Britain First leaders were again arrested this week for their interventions surrounding particularly sensitive, Court cases.
There is no room for complacency however. The murder of Jo Cox MP made that clear. Anti fascists and anti racists must continue to organise and strengthen local anti fascist opposition. Details are here for Birmingham and Liverpool UAF mobilisations. -JUN3
Don’t let the racists divide us – No To Fascist Britain First! – Birmingham -JUN3
Merseyside UAF protest against fascist EDL

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