Wednesday 11 April 2018

Dollis Hill, in London, unites against nazi poison with powerful vigil

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Following nazi graffiti being plastered around a bus stop in Hamilton Road, Dollis Hill, in Brent, London, last weekend, locals responded last night with a powerful and moving vigil.



At just two days notice, around seventy people from the area joined to say, ‘Never Again’ to the anti Semitic filth that was painted in the area. On Sunday, when the SS signs and swastikas were first noticed, locals ensured the daubings were swiftly removed,


Last night, various members of the community gathered and showed the strength of multicultural Brent. Anti fascist veterans who recalled the time when Mosley’s Blackshirts were chased out of the area after the war, rubbed shoulders with students.


Local council leader, Muhammed Butt, after speaking, hugged in a display of solidarity with Dollis Hill’s rabbi, Baruch Levin of Brondesbury Park Synagogue. Both made strong speeches, thanking Lucy, a local teacher and Stand Up to Racism member, who had called the vigil.


They said that, “we will combat this ugly behaviour with a show of unity and a sense of togetherness which will hopefully send a very clear message to the perpetrators that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated and is unacceptable”. Representatives from the mosque also stated that the far right will not come between those of different faiths.


A message of support was read out on behalf of local Labour MP Dawn Butler. She said she was appalled by the vile graffiti by the graffiti and that “anti-Semitism has no place in society. We must stand together against hatred, racism and bigotry in all its forms, wherever we encounter it.”


Paul Sillett from Unite Against Fascism said, such an obscenity as seen in Dollis Hill reflects the far right’s growth in  much of Europe. “As the graffiti was being discovered last Sunday, a racist and anti Semite, Orban was elected in Hungary. Jobbik, a fascist party are his main opposition. Tonight is part of resisting such people and ensuring the nazis don’t get a toehold here”.



Trade unionists from the postal workers, CWU union, Unison and Unite came as delegates from local union branches. As  the vigil ended, a councillor told UAF that nazi graffiti had also been painted in an adjoining area. It was quickly erased and local anti fascists are looking to establish who is behind these outrages.


Hats off to local Stand Up To Racism members for their swift and decisive work. People left the vigil determined that any more fascist activities in the area will only unite people against the far right. As Lucy said, “As local residents we were shocked that this hateful graffiti had gone up in our multicultural area. Along with our local Labour Councillor…and other residents we scrubbed out the Nazi graffiti but now we want to show we won’t let racists divide us”.


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