March to nowhere?

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re-blogged from Brighton Anti-Fascists

It’s been a busy weekend for Brighton Antifascists, despite the March for England not even trying to hold their annual crap-fest of a march this year.

The weekend began early with “Pompey” Dave Smeetyon (leader of March for England) and about 10 of his sad looking mates turning up in town  on Thursday to celebrate St Georges day by doing a quick photoshoot on the pier then spending the rest of the evening hiding in the beer garden of the King & Queen, checking nervously over their shoulder in case antifascists turned up. Despite various threats they didn’t try going within 100m of the Cowley.

 

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On Saturday, some Brighton Antifascists made the long journey to Blackpool to oppose the actual, relocated, March for England, alongside 70 or so antifascists from London, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and further afield.

Despite lots of big talk beforehand about hundred and hundreds of nationalists turning up, only about 40 actually made it to the march, with other, smaller groups wandering between pubs. Around 25 yards into their march, antifascists blocked the route, leading to the police turning the MfE around and ending their march. That was it, 40 people marching 50 yards in the pouring rain. Even the “commie hunters” who didn’t go on the main march failed, getting themselves nicked after trying to start a fight with some antifascists right in front of the old bill.

Sieg Heils at the “family friendly, not racist” March for England.

The march was notable for the fact that, despite organiser’s promises of a “family friendly, non-racist” day, neo nazis and white pride wankers were everywhere. Even fascist wannabes National Action turned up, took a photo (and a nicking) and went home again.

National Action looking kinda sad.

Even the fash are admitting it was a terrible day. Far-right facebook pages are full of posts complaining about the whole day being a washout, including this gem:

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And this one:

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After the “demo” was over, antifascists marched the route the fascists hadn’t managed to complete, took a quick photo, then headed home, safe and with no arrests.

The victorious antifascist bloc.

On Sunday, StopMfE hosted a community picnic on the Level in the centre of Brighton, celebrating Brighton being fascist and racist free for the first time in several years. Various activist and community groups had stalls, tea and cake was served and people generally celebrated not having to yell at and confront Nazis. Despite threatening the event, far-right bottle-jobs “Pie and Mash Squad”, surprise surprise, totally bottled it.

The Level is fascist free.

Even though the weather wasn’t great, we had a good day networking and talking to people about anti-fascism (and flogging t-shirts!). All in all, a busy couple of days, but very successful. It’s worth noting that some fascist groups have already stated their intent to come back to Brighton next year, so I’m sure we’ll see you all on the streets soon.

EDL coming to Brighton, April 18th!

from StopMFE

The far-right English Defence League have announced a national demonstration in Brighton on 18th April 2015. With no Islamophobic issue to hang their demo from, it is clear the EDL simply want to cause trouble for the residents of Brighton because we are a tolerant and diverse community that has successfully defeated the racist March for England.

EDL in Brighton on a March for England a few years ago.

StopMFE are disappointed that the EDL have decided to bring their drunken, racist caravan to Brighton. In previous years, Brightonions have risen to the occasion brilliantly in successfully seeing off the March for England with colourful mass demonstrations and blockades. We call on all the vibrant communities of Brighton to unite and stop the EDL’s message of hate.

Details are yet to be announced. Keep an eye here, or on our Twitter or Facebook.

Facebook event here.

No Pasaran!

The March for England have a crap time in Brighton, 2013.

Another ‘March for England’ wash-out

article taken from schnews.org.uk

“They have become the fools in a carnival of anti-fascism” Stop MfE protestor.

Yesterday Brightonians once again played the unwilling hosts to the moronic March for England. As they have been for the last three years they were once again shown the door in spectacular fashion. They were on the wrong end of the full spectrum of resistance, from insults from passers-by to violent confrontations with autonomous anti-fascists – they were heckled and harried every step of the way. By 5 p.m the centre of town was entirely fascist free.

Sussex Police spent half a million quid to facilitate this dismal racist and homophobic trudge along the seafront. Without the cops the march wouldn’t have even started. “This march is all about hatred for the very town it takes place in – the EDL weren’t allowed into Tower Hamlets so why does Brighton have to put up with the March for England every year?” said one demonstrator we spoke to. “They’ve had their free speech – six years running now, and got the same answer every time”

The day began with most of the marchers in the Wetherspoons, getting pissed up. The gathering hordes of antifascists confronted them until  forced away by policeant. All the weird and wonderful of Brighton were amassing right along the 300 metre route of the march, wondering whether they’d all got out of bed for the 3 men with ten flags at the start of the march. A little behind schedule, due to some scuffling, the rest of the marchers were escorted into their pen.

From what SchNEWS saw the march has been whittled down to a hardcore of racist and homophobic thugs. Once the cops had pushed a brief anti-fascist blockade out of the way with the use of horses the parade was underway. Barely 70 of them mustered for the actual demo and were shouted down by a crowd of 1000 or so with whistles and placards. One lone trombone player drowned out their speeches. A banner was hung out of a seafront window reading “Racists go home” to be greeted with rapturous applause by the counter-demo. They came, they squelched four hundred yards in the pouring rain from a pub and they squelched back again.

Meanwhile little skirmishes were breaking out across town as groups of nationalists tried to make their presence felt. More militant antifascist groups roamed the town seeking to confront them. It was clear that quite a few fash had made the decision not to even attend the march. A significant proportion of the counter-demo therefore hung back awaiting events. SchNEWS has heard of a string of punch-ups and kick-offs happening all over town during and after the main march. Eventually the nationalists – almost all out of towners were corralled together by cops. Laughably some of the opposition actually came through with their promise to dress up as Antifa, well nice try fellas, but as one anti-fascist quipped “You walk among us – then you crawl away”.

Even though most of the official counter-demo made it’s way home to get dry Brighton still had a few surprises up it’s collective sleeve. Around 100 fash were boxed in on Queens Rd as the cops tried to clear the way back to the railway station. Roadworks barriers were hastily converted into barricades. The force of numbers and a still vocal counter-protest meant that the cops had no alternative but to force the fash onto trains and buses and get them out of town.

The March for England could have had a worse day out in Brighton… but not by much. The road they were supposed to be marching on partially collapsed two days before; they were harangued in the pub before the march, thousands of people turned up to drown out the 80-100 boneheads shouting about England; their special undercover forces were sussed and chased out within seconds of arriving; they could not drink anywhere in town without anti fascists turning up; and it rained. But at least they got to wave some flags at the commie scum.

 

Altogether there were twenty seven arrests – fourteen of those were anti-fascists. Please do not post footage on the internet without thinking carefully about what it shows.

If you witnessed an arrest or have any useful information then contact stopmfe@ymail.com

For more on Anti-Fascism http://antifascistnetwork.wordpress.com/

AFN National Callout: Stop the March for England April 27th

Humiliated in previous years in Brighton, the racist March for England are this year calling on as many EDL splinter groups and outright Nazis as they can to bolster the numbers on their annual parade.

Accordingly the Anti-Fascist Network is urging all anti-fascists to head to Brighton on the 27th April to support the mobilisation to Stop the March for England.

Brighton has become a line in the sand for the far-right. Because Brighton is a relatively liberal cosmopolitan city, they see it as a hotbed of “anti-English activities”. They hate Brighton and they know that Brighton hates them, but they keep coming back because they cannot be seen to back down.

This year’s March for England has the added significance that it is a national outing for the newly formed far-right alliance the United British Patriots, which hopes to be the successor to the EDL on the streets. Now is the time to stand up to them before they have the opportunity to achieve this ambition.

A big show of strength in Brighton will send a clear message to this new alliance of fascists and to the far-right in general that the people of Brighton will never accept a far-right parade to go through their town unopposed.

All anti-fascists should mobilise to support them. All out for the 27th in Brighton!

Details

Meet Sun 27th April, Palace Pier roundabout, Brighton seafront to line the route of the march.

Time TBC nearer the date.

Contact your local AFN group for details of any transport to Brighton.

For information from the streets in advance and on the day:

Twitter: @stopmfe

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Web: stopmfe.wordpress.com

Phone: 07870 306788

Email: stopmfe@ymail.com