Wednesday 14 June 2017

Oppose fascist & Islamophobic Britain First – Birmingham – June 24th

The Islamophobic and fascist sect, Britain First, plan to visit the city of Birmingham June 24th. They had aimed at an earlier, unwanted intrusion, but had to postpone this, as their leaders were arrested on various charges. Birmingham Unite Against Fascism have called a counter mobilisation, details below.

The ex BNP members who lead Britain First (BF) have a long history of attempting to intimidate Muslims, in particular. They are now banned from every Mosque in the UK, after having on a number of occasions, arrived at Mosques and threatened often elderly, Muslims. One founder of BF, Dowson,  has criminal convictions that include possession of weapons and is well connected with Loyalist organisations in Northern Ireland, where he was involved in organising Loyalist “flag protests.

‘Britain First’ were among the words shouted by the killer of Jo Co MP, at the scene of his appalling act. It is still an open question as to whether the murderer, a white supremacist, was linked to Britain First. The fascists, like their counterparts in the EDL and ex EDL leader, Tommy Robinson, wish to cynically capitalise on the terror attacks in the UK. Britain First seek not unity of course, but try to inflame Islamophobia and target all Muslims.

The anti Semitic, Polish priest, Jacek Międlar is among the invited speakers. He has in the past called Jews a “cancer”  in society.  However, he was refused entry to the UK for a previous Britain First event He regularly attacks the left and immigrants as does another invited ‘guest’, Wagensveld from Holland, who runs a racist, Pegida type group, there.

The last time fascists visited Birmingham was in the shape of the EDL, in April. They  were opposed by anti fascists and superbly upstaged by Saffiyah Khan, caught in a picture which went viral. Britain First have a large online presence but this generally belies their actual ability to mobilise on the streets. Their electoral results are overwhelmingly poor, witness their pitiful results in the London Mayoral election.

Despite this, the recent Manchester march led by Tommy Robinson, of over 1000 racists and fascists, from across the far right, means that anti fascists will keep focused on undercutting UK fascists. Robinson’s thug filled, tide of hate was the largest extreme right demonstration, since 2013.

Birmingham Unite Against Fascism are organising with allies in the trades unions, the Muslim community and via Love Music Hate Racism, to ensure the fascists are marginalised. Britain First are not wanted in the city and will be shunned by all who reject their Islamophobia.

Birmingham UAF event page here; https://www.facebook.com/BirminghamUAF/photos/gm.405851473133117/1161229400654632/?type=3&theater


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