Not on our Manor! An appeal for information to stop David Irving’s fascist UK tour.

David IrvingWell-known fascist and bogus historian David ‘Berlin’ Irving is planning to tour the country promoting his racist books. Fixtures are planned for London, Southampton, Exeter and Bristol. See Indymedia here:

Irving’s revisionist view of history is motivated by his rabid anti-Semitism and admiration for Hitler, generally making it up as he goes along. An old friend of Oswald Mosley, he has travelled the world promoting Holocaust denial and inciting racial hatred. His website offers large colour posters of Hitler, bizarre conspiracy theories and a personal vendetta against the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Irving has been imprisoned in Austria, deported from Canada and banned from entering numerous other countries; on his planned return to Germany after a 10-year ban, the German hoteliers’ trade association have pledged to deny him accommodation. Why the fuck should we put up with him here?

The venues for these gigs are being kept secret for obvious reasons, but someone must know where they are; a room probably no larger than 100 seats in a hotel or pub function room, and booked under a false name as a reading group, history talk or similar.

Residents of our cities have a right to know what is going on in their midst, and take steps to protect themselves from the kind of weirdoes who will be attracted by these events. If you’ve received a booking like this or know someone who has, let us know!

If you have any information regarding the Southampton event (6:30 on Sunday 18th August), please contact Southampton AntiFA. Regarding the other fixtures please pass your suspicions on to Wessex Solidarity or the Anti Fascist Network.

Let’s give this jackboot-licker his marching orders!

More information on Irving here:

http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/people/i/irving-david/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Irving

Tolpuddle 2013 Radical Workers’ Bloc: the weekend in pictures.

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You could say we got lucky with the weather – up to a point, the heat was actually quite challenging at times and the free showers were as welcome as the overpriced beer. Our stall attracted plenty of interest; we shifted a mountain of literature and took enough in donations to cover our expenses plus making a few quid for Freedom Books; our magnificent banner was supplied free of charge by our comrades at Sabcat Printing, the Anarchist workers’ T-shirt co-op.

The stall was operated by comrades from Brighton, Bristol and Solent SolFedCNT-AIT Caen and Wessex Solidarity; Sunday’s Bloc was about double the size of last year’s, our militants ranged in age from 16 to a 96 year old Spanish Civil War veteran – a proper antifascist! It was good to welcome new faces from Cymru and Reading IWW, with community singing led by Bristol AFed. Shout out also to Bath Anarchists (B.A.R.F) – and anyone else we may have missed – give us a shout and we’ll link to your site.

Everyone we spoke to felt the mood was more militant than previous years; the Labour ‘got to be in it to win it’ line was challenged at every turn, the appetite for direct action is growing. What is the Tolpuddle story but an example of working class self-organisation crushed by the state? The Martyrs came together as equals; they didn’t form a trade union but a friendly society. You can fantasise about general strikes and armed insurrection all you want, the bourgeoisie will carry on chortling into their Dom Perignon; but get together and find practical solutions to the problems they cause you, outside of the structures they need you to rely on, and they will shit themselves.

We reiterate that we don’t come for a row, but to examine each others ideas and find ways of putting them to the test, so that we can give confidence to our class as a whole; the last thing the left needs now is a ‘tribal’. The 20th century is over; we must learn its lessons and evolve. We have the best opportunity for decades to give capitalism a kicking and if we fail, history will judge us harshly.

The above-referenced article on friendly societies is available by courtesy of the author, as an A5 pamphlet from one of our event stalls, or in our reference library, from where it can be downloaded for the princely sum of Fuck All.

Here’s the gallery, pictures still coming in, bear with us!

Pubs to avoid: the Borough Hotel, Southend-on Sea.

Today, 30-40 anti-fascists prevented an EDL meeting in Southend. Nazi scum forced to hide in pub.

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On 15th June, The Bough Hotel Pub management explicitly insisted that they were more than happy to serve and host racists. A regional EDL ‘meet and greet’ happened there that day. The manager of The Borough Hotel, Nicola Tiney is an EDL member.

Here is the statement that appeared on their Facebook page:

“For everyone who has wrote to the borough hotel this EDL meeting has not interfered with any of the reggae gigs and never will, it has nothing to do with supporting them, nothing racist was said while they were in the pub and nothing was said to offend anyone if that is the way you feel were sorry to offend anyone but business is business. If all these people complaing were regulars then i could understand that its offending them but they only come down for the reggae gigs as i said business is business.”

The pub had a profitable sideline hosting reggae bands, not any more!

This is a fascist pub, used and run by fascists. Let’s shut them down!

CONTACT THEM:

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ADDRESS: 10-12 Marine Parade, SS12EJ, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom

SOUTH LONDON ANTI-FASCISTS: THANKS TO THE MANY

SOUTH LONDON ANTI-FASCISTS: THANKS TO THE MANY

Posted by Justin on 03 Jun 2013 / 3 Comments
By South London Anti-Fascists / @SouthLondonAF

This statement of gratitude is to the many who were on the streets on Saturday, those who in the past week who emailed us offering support, to those who came to our planning meetings. We thank the thinkers who thought deeply and practically about how to stop fascists,  the activists who got arrested and brutalised by the police, to those who organised childcare and those who were there in spirit. We thank those who met up with individuals including from Lambeth SOS/UnisonSouth London Solidarity Federation andBloomsbury Fightback who without their help would have travelled alone. Also the Animal Rights activists who joined us while dressed as badgers. We thank all of you for your support, the British National Party because of all of your efforts were shown to be a national joke and didn’t even get close to South London.

London antifascists who have been instrumental in the effective resistance on Saturday have published a detailed report which can be read here.

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Antifascist arrests

We are disgusted but once again not surprised by the actions of the police, one female antifascist was hospitalised with a broken leg, while 58 other antifascists were arrested because they refused to allow the fascists to march. The arrests with the prepared buses were clearly planned in advance of the protest. We will continue to show solidarity with the arrestees and we will work with Green & Black Cross to continue to provide legal and financial support. We urge all fellow antifascists who are able to donate to GBC, their help has been incredibly important and vital to organising quick and effective arrestee support.

We saw legal observers were punched and pushed out of the way so that they could not record police brutality. This was planned and prepared by the police and we must learn from this experience.

We note that Weyman Bennett from Unite Against Fascism did not cooperate with the police to divide the antifascist resistance, and also many UAF activists joined us in forming defensive lines against the fascists and the police, this solidarity was welcome.

In Woolwich, we thank activists from the Movement for Justice who kept an eye on the local Islamic Centre and spoke with young black people about the current situation. In Lewisham, various antifascists from the local Trade Union Council, Newham Monitoring Project,  and other people from the local community came together to support Lewisham Islamic Centre. The Centre in response held a meal for all who attended on the day.

However, while we defeat the BNP, despite the valiant efforts of antifascists across the country, the English Defence League were able to hold a few unopposed “silent walks” on Saturday particularly in their home town of Luton. They have subsequently raised significant sums of money for their own organisation. We know that at least 13 mosques and Islamic centres have been attacked according to media reports, and many more Muslims have been attacked in the streets.

Our movement has many challenges ahead, we are too white and disconnected from the migrant communities and activists that are directly affected by Islamophobia, xenophobia and racism. Racism, sexism and fascism doesn’t just appear in fascist marches and pitch battles against the police. It happens in the workplace, in the national newspapers, during stop-and-searches, through local councils and the corridors of power in Westminster. Popular racism is endemic in British institutions and mainstream culture. In response to this, we as antifascists must develop a genuine diversity of tactics and a coherent strategy to pull racist ideologies and power structures up from its imperial roots in the British state. Our autonomous struggle is against police brutality, the murder of migrants labelled “asylum seekers”, the countless deaths in custody, the demonisation of Romanians and Bulgarians, and against the inability to leave your home because of the fear of being attacked for being different.

If you are interested in supporting this struggle, we will be holding a debriefing meeting on Monday 10th June from 6pm to 7:30pm in South London. Details will be revealed on our mailing list. Email us to get involved: southlondon-antifascists@aktivix.org

We are also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthLondonAF and Twitter:www.twitter.com/SouthLondonAF

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From Green & Black Cross: Arrested yesterday? Know people who were? Did you witness anything?

greenNblack_logoArrested yesterday? Know people who were? Did you witness anything? If you’re not in touch with us already then please pick up the phone or ping us an email ASAP!
If you’re wanting to challenge your bail conditions get in touch with one of our recommended solicitors – link below, or chat to us. We’ll be coordinating a defendants meeting soon. gbclegal@riseup.net 07946541511

Solidarity, GBC 

Please share this callout far and wide! Ta

The following is a list of firms who are experienced at dealing with cases surrounding police and protest.

Solicitors with relevant expertise | Green & Black Cross

If your area is not covered then check out the Network for Police Monitoring solicitors list which has an even more comprehensive list of solicitors’ firms, based on the pooled experience of many activists over many years. All of the solicitors are graded by an experienced panel.

Too busy to blog! Fascist manifestations this weekend.

First of all, respect to all those who turned out at short notice to oppose the EDL in Westminster last weekend, there’s a bit of comment on it below, and if you can make the counter-BNP action tomorrow, you will be most welcome. If not, you will probably find an EDL demo within gobbing distance of your living room! They are springing up like mushrooms – check social media for details.

What is going on is basically a turf war between far-right groups to exploit the horrific death of Lee Rigby. The eddles are holding simultaneous ‘wreath laying’ events at war memorials all over the land as a spoiler for the BNP’s march. Wherever they get sufficient numbers, these will most likely turn into piss-ups and drunken rampages so it’s important that none of them are unopposed.

If your area has a mass mobilisation, please support it; if they are coming to your neck of the woods and you’re the only anti-fascist in the village, you have a choice of attending one of the others or mobbing up with some of your mates – who may not agree with your politics but may not want their town centre controlled by right-wing extremists either. Failing that, if you can do so inconspicuously, hang around and take pictures, or notes, and pass your observations to the network through your local group.

Also be aware that left and radical meetings, cultural events, anti-austerity demo’s etc may be attacked and will need stewarding; union offices and Muslim businesses are also possible targets for the fascists. Whatever you do, don’t just sit at home and watch it all unfold on the Internet.

The present spike in fascist activity ought to kick us out of bed, anti-fascism is not a hobby, it’s a necessity. One observation from Monday was that whilst they outnumbered us massively, few of them were up for any contact beyond throwing stuff and threatening bystanders. The fact that they stood in the sun for hours listening to a bunch of old con-men who all hate each other indicates that many of them are completely new to this, it beggars belief that anyone would give the time of day to an arse-bugle like Yaxley-Lennon if they’d been following what’s gone on in the last few years.

So for now, it looks like the EDL have managed to pull the disaffected UKIP voters on to the streets, the facebook fascists have become fair-weather fascists, they must be discouraged before they get a taste for it.

Fascist manifestations are expected in the following locations:
Leicester, Luton, Peterborough, Dereham, Ipswich, Cambs, Sheffield, Stoke, Halifax, Leeds, Lowestoft, Wolverhampton, Islington, Manchester, Aldershot, Burton on Trent, Rochdale, Ashford (Middlesex), Stevenage, Loughborough, Bromsgrove, Preston, Sunderland, Dudley, Coventry, Takeley, Wootton Bassett, West Bromwich, Oldham, Romford, Macclesfield, Cardiff, Lewisham, Southampton, Glasgow, Ayr, Colerne, Walsall, Scarborough, Hemel Hempstead, Conwy, Chingford, Doncaster, Rotherham, Huddersfield, Bristol, Southampton, Portsmouth, Exeter, Brighton, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Slough, Reading, Oxford, Northampton and Basingstoke.

Drummer Lee Rigby’s family reject “extremist” groups using Woolwich murder for political gain – The Independent

Why take direct action against fascism?

Statement from the Anti-Fascist Network on the Woolwich murder.

The Anti-Fascist Network deplores the murder of a young man in Woolwich yesterday and our condolences go out to his family and friends. We also deplore the use of this incident by the far right to stir up Islamophobia once again.

By calling a ‘terrorist alert’ the government has shamelessly sought political capital from what was clearly an isolated act of brutality by a couple of lone psychopaths claiming to be Muslims. There are maniacs in every community and grouping, not least the far right. The loss of a life in such horrific circumstances is always a tragedy for those involved, just as it was when fascists killed Altab Ali or when the police killed Blair Peach.

Meanwhile the Muslim community has conducted itself with dignity, and a huge number of individual Muslims have spontaneously taken to social media to disassociate themselves from any kind of sectarian violence.

Unlike the EDL, now virtually a spent force, who have chosen to use this man’s death to go on a recruiting drive and encourage attacks on minorities. The Internet is now buzzing with ‘patriots’, nationalists and fascists eager to exploit the situation – please don’t encourage them by carelessly repeating their drivel.

We will all need to be vigilant, and work with our communities against any rise in fascist activity.

We reproduce below a statement from the Muslim Council of Great Britain:

“This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly.

Our thoughts are with the victim and his family.We understand the victim is a serving member of the Armed Forces. Muslims have long served in this country’s Armed Forces, proudly and with honour.

This attack on a member of the Armed Forces is dishonourable, and no cause justifies this murder. This action will no doubt heighten tensions on the streets of the United Kingdom.

We call on all our communities, Muslim and non-Muslim, to come together in solidarity to ensure the forces of hatred do not prevail.”

– Muslim Council of Great Britain

May Day in Caen.

As parts of Britain wallowed in UKIP xenophobia, members of Solent Solidarity Federation joined our comrades in CNT-AIT Caen for their May Day celebrations as guests of the local. The annual parade through the historic town was well supported with a significant Anarchist bloc, though we understand general attendance was a little down on previous years.

The Babylon were mostly conspicuous by their absence, only a handful of cops about, in contrast to the enormous police operation that would inevitably accompany such a rally in the U.K.

Our parade was followed by a picnic in the sun; we enjoyed great hospitality, had many political discussions, sang a bit and generally had a good laugh.

This is what May Day is all about; the Working Class has no country, Solidarity Forever!

Roundup from Stop MFE Brighton 2013.

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On the other side of the road are several hundred of us who don’t care for cages.

As you all know by now, a neo-nazi front group called March For England comes to Brighton every year to incur the wrath of the inhabitants by shouting fascist slogans in a police kettle; in addition to the pathetic spectacle above, a handful of portly fashion victims called casuals united, NWI, CFX, ETC, etc went off-piste (off pissed?) to incur some proper wrath. After all their secret discussions we earwigged on, the best strategy they could come up with was dressing up as anarchists(?) Given that we all know them, and each other, this was clearly going nowhere… Oh, I’m bored with this.

Here’s a collection of accounts from participants and observers:

March for England 2013 – UK Indymedia

Brighton 24th April 2013 – Something For Everyone!!! – ANTI-FASCIST NETWORK

boneheads battered in brighton – East Midlands Anti-fascists

MOBS AND COPPERS ..an anti-fascist day out by the seaside. by Schnews

MfE battered and humiliated on the streets of Brighton – EDL news

Snapshots from Brighton – amilabosnae.

ENGLISH FASCISTS TOOK THEIR FIRST BEATING OF THE SUMMER IN BRIGHTON THIS WEEKEND – Vice Magazine

Fascists mistake Brighton Pavilion for a mosque and bleat about it on twitter.

Police satisfied with March for England operation – Sussex police defend the most expensive fuckup in their entire history.

Bristol Radical History Group at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Saturday 20th April, 2013

Bristol Radical History Group will be holding a series of talks at the Radical History Zone which will be based in the Hydra Bookshop.

Sat 20th Apr 12:00 pm British armed forces’ strikes and mutinies in 1918-19 British armed forces’ strikes and mutinies in 1918-19: a radical history project for the anniversary of World War I BRHG’s very own Roger Ball… Roger Ball More
Sat 20th Apr 1:00 pm Three Minutes to Midnight: The Women’s Anti-Nuclear Protest at Greenham Common Elaine Titcombe. History PhD Student, The University of the West of England, Bristol. In 1984 the doomsday clock reached three minutes to midnight…. Elaine Titcombe More
Sat 20th Apr 2:00 pm Poor Man’s Heaven: The Land of Cokaygne and Other Utopian Visions “We’ll eat all we please from ham and egg trees that grow by a lake full of beer? The landlord well take and tie to a stake and we won?t have to… Alex (Past Tense) More
Sat 20th Apr 3:00 pm Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Race, Class and Gender in the 60s U.S. This talk is based upon a series of books that… Roger Ball More
Sat 20th Apr 4:00 pm Running down Whitehall with a black flag Running down Whitehall with a black flag. Memories of anarchism in the 1960s Di Parkin was a revolutionary activist from the early 1960s to the… Di Parkin More
Sat 20th Apr 5:00 pm Libres: Songs of the Spanish Revolution Pilar Lopez’s performance about the Spanish Social Revolution of 1936 aims to draw inspiration from these amazing times, sharing the beauty and… Pilar Lopez More

Day of action in memory of Dead Thing.

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A group of us travelled up to London to attend the ‘thatcher’s dead’ party called by Class War about a decade ago. During the day we divided ourselves between UK Uncut’s ‘bedroom tax’ action at Lord Fraud’s house and North London SolFed’s workfare pickets in Wood Green.

On the lawn at Iain Duncan Smith’s & down Lord Freud’s street – Report by Anarchist Federation

The workfare pickets continued both SolFed’s campaign against Poundland and supported Bristol AFed’s new initiative against Homebase; we were able to have some interesting conversations with staff and customers. The area is stricken by the government’s austerity programme with the crappiest jobs imaginable drawing hundreds of applicants. People here are in absolutely no doubt what is being done to them, why, and by whom. Homebase pickets were simultaneously conducted in Bristol and Bath.

I was going to buy something – but fuck it! Bristol Solidarity Federation.

Meanwhile in Bournemouth: Bournemouth Uncut took on the Tory MP’s and councillors of Bournemouth and Poole this weekend for their “Who wants to evict a millionaire?” action. Their homes were dressed as crime scenes with yellow markers, crime scene tape, evidence bags with ‘blood’ soaked cotton buds, and some lovely eviction notices. Some of the lucky recipients of our crime scenes were Robert Syms MP, John Beesley of Bournemouth Council, and other usual suspects like May Haines, Carol Evans, Ann Stibley, Mike White and Peter Pawlowski. At a time that people are facing losing their homes due to the bedroom tax, we thought it high time those architects of misery felt (for a few seconds) what it would be like to face eviction from their own homes. Very nice homes indeed…with plenty of spare bedrooms.

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On to Trafalgar square, a picture circulated on twitter showing the square fenced off and surrounded by police proved to be bogus, trying to put us off? Not a hope, even the rain couldn’t do that, the vibe was joyful and good-natured, and solidarity was palpable. During the course of the evening a steady 3000 revellers divided their time between the square and surrounding pubs. A few incidents of  police misbehaviour were swiftly and efficiently dealt with by the crowd, who had to clear them all out of the way from time to time; similarly, a smattering of fascists showed up to spoil the fun and got battered for their trouble. It’s worth pointing out that we can do this perfectly well without the ‘vanguard’ of press photographers that hurl themselves into the fray at the first hint of bother.

Of course this was not just about celebrating the death from natural causes of some demented old fascist (what was her name again?) who was admired in some circles for doggedly sticking to her principles of greed, self-interest and disdain for anyone who didn’t share her precise ethnic origins and social prejudices. Many present had their own lives blighted by the Dead Thing and had good reason to gloat; but far more importantly this was a positive affirmation of our determination to bury her mean-spirited ideology with her.

We, the working class will do this, we have no faith whatsoever in political or industrial representation, our future is in our hands, as the hangovers fade, let’s get organised!

That Trafalgar thing: Amila Bosnae

Thatcher Death Party, UK Uncut and DPAC Make It Personal – Johnny Void

Radical workers’ bloc at Tolpuddle 2013: Press release.

Press release, Download as: pdf pdf A5

Radical workers’ bloc at Tolpuddle; come and meet the Anarchists! Martyrs’ festival and rally 19th-21st July 2013

In 2011 an anarchist-inspired black bloc stole the TUC’s thunder and dominated the ‘March for the alternative’. For a couple of hours, as Miliband set out his vision for saving capitalism – surrounded by bodyguards in case anyone remembered the last Labour government – militant workers in Oxford Street made a little piece of the country ungovernable.

At that year’s Tolpuddle festival a lonely red and black flag fluttered over the campsite. A small group of anarchists, who had basically come for the music, decided to join the Martyrs’ rally on the Sunday, but not wishing to march under the hammer and sickle or the Labour Party banner, scrounged a length of garden cane and tied a piece of plain black cloth to it. This image appeared on the front page of the Tolpuddle website.

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The following year we decided to do it properly; local troublemakers Wessex Solidarity put out the following call through social media:

“Calling on Anarchists, Anarchosyndicalists, Libertarian Socialists, Revolutionary Unionists, Platformists, Wobblies, non-aligned working class radicals and all those who want to celebrate 200 years of class struggle without marching under the banner of a political party or the business unions that affiliate to them. Bring your red/black/(A)/pirate flags and let’s start putting the libertarian left back into the consciousness of our class. We’re portrayed as a disorganised rabble – show ‘em we can get organised and march together as a group.”

The annual celebration of working class struggle is meaningless without us, and allows reformists and reactionaries to claim the union movement as their own. Despite initial hysteria from some of the organisers, we conducted ourselves with dignity, even behaving magnanimously towards a bunch of tankies who pushed in front of us, they have only the past; we’ll take the future.

On the day, we were joined by members of the Anarchist Federation, Solidarity Federation, IWW, Class War and non-aligned Anarchist groups, from as far afield as Brighton, Bognor, Portsmouth, Thames Valley, Swindon, Bath, Bristol and the Midlands, many of us fresh from the counter – EDL action in Bristol. We also picked up some supporters along the way and got the thumbs up from quite a few people.

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The 2013 bloc is going to be massive; this initiative has the formal support of AFed and SolFed and other groups are making plans to take part – with a bit of effort we could easily be the largest contingent there.

Stop by our stall in the Martyrs Marquee, or see us on the campsite for a cup of tea and a chat, and march with us on Sunday. If you or your group want to get involved, get in touch via the contact forms on SolFed or the Wessex Solidarity blog.

“Crowned heads, wealth and privilege may well tremble should ever again the Black and Red unite!” – Otto von Bismarck

Far right humiliated in Nottingham. From East Midlands Anti-fascists.

In spite of national call outs and attendances by the North West Infidels, Paul Pitt of the South East Alliance, Casuals United, the English National Resistance, Nottingham EDL and the EVF, barely a dozen people bothered turning up for Tony Curtis’ demo at Nottingham Uni yesterday. After plotting up at a nearby Toby carvery the pitiful crowd weren’t even allowed onto the campus and had to stand around in the road outside listening to Tone the Moan. Casuals United reckon they go where they want but as usual they meekly went exactly where the police wanted them. They didn’t get close to the event they were supposed to be protesting or speak to the general public so the whole thing was a waste of time.

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This is further proof that without the EDL these hangers on are nothing. It looks impressive to have alliances of about 10 different groups until you realise that each group has about 3 people in it and most of them are keyboard warriors. These big mouths spend more time designing elaborate logos and posting on Facebook than actually doing anything in the real world.

This is the second humiliation this week for Curtis who foolishly thought he could hold his own against “the left” on Indymedia. When his badly thought through arguments were torn to shreds he quickly surrendered, pretending he’d been banned, even though as one commenter pointed out, you can’t be banned from Indymedia. As one poster noted “typical fascist, making loads of noise but unable to back it up when effectively challenged”.

Part of Curtis’ whingeing was about being called a racist. Well here’s a tip – if you don’t want people to think you’re a racist it’s probably best not to give Nazis a hug. Curtis was recently pictured with his arm around Shane Calvert, leader of the NWI who are notorious for calling for the killing of “Pakis”, the gassing of Jews and murdering of immigrants. Calvert was recently in attendance at the neo-Nazi White Pride Worldwide event and regularly does demos alongside the National Front. Other NWI activists include Liam Pinkham, who likes to pose in jackboots giving a stiff-armed salute.

Paul Pitt, Shane Calvert and Tony Curtis yesterday

Paul Pitt, Shane Calvert and Tony Curtis yesterday

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Shane Calvert

NWI member Liam Pinkham

NWI activist Liam Pinkham

East Midlands Anti-Fascists

Anti-fascism is for everyone! New AFN leaflet.

On here we’re mostly preaching to the choir, or the enemy, and it can be hard explaining to your nearest and dearest why you do what you do, and why they should get involved. So our Dr Kilfash has come up with this friendly leaflet, suitable for your partners, your workmates and your gran.(Double sided A5)

Why take direct action against fascism? pdf

Shameful – Pure Drop Inn hosts Nazi gathering in Poole.

As reported by the Anti Fascist Network, the recent fascist manifestation in Poole was traced to the Pure Drop Inn at 7 East Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1RY [map], described  by locals as ‘a crapper’.

On the 23rd of March the pub played host to the lunatic fringe of Britain’s far-right; Dave Smeeton, organiser of March For England, teamed up with various other Neo-Nazi splinter groups, ‘English volunteer force’,  ‘Infidels’ and ‘Friends of golden Dawn’ to plan for this year’s forthcoming humiliation in Brighton, Barnet’s ginger gurner was there too. The Pure Drop sits in an overwhelmingly working class area, there is no place here for our class enemies and class traitors. Time for Poole residents to stand up and say: Not on our Manor!

Oppose the March for England

Oppose the March for England

From East Midlands Antifascists

If you only go to one anti-fascist mobilisation this year, stopping the March for England in Brighton should be it. The fascists have been salivating about this one for months, whipping themselves up into a far right frenzy about their right to impose their homophobic and racist abuse on the people of Brighton. They are out for revenge against the ‘reds’ who comprehensively humiliated their hate-fest last year and are pulling out all the stops to do it, even inviting the most openly Nazi groups, like the Friends of Golden Dawn.

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Anti-fascists from the East Midlands will be going down and we’d like to encourage you to join them.

Here’s the official callout from Stop MFE:

Last year thousands of people lined the streets of Brighton to drown out March for England’s message of hate. Let’s do it again. Racists and fascists have no place in our diverse city.

March for what?

March for England (MfE) is not an innocent celebration of traditional culture. March for England is a right wing, Islamophobic, racist and homophobic organisation that helped found the English Defence League (EDL) and is supported by EDL members. The fascist credentials of their annual outing to Brighton on Sunday 21st April has never been clearer. Neo-Nazis, Friends of Golden Dawn, supporters of the swastika waving Greek fascist party, have stated they will be attending March for England.

Islamophobia and English fascists

MfE and the EDL are just two of a growing number of English fascist groups that are violently lslamophobic. They state they are against so-called “Islamic extremists’ but this is the mantra of a growing anti-Muslim movement with European fascism that quickly turns into a wholesale assault on Muslim people, all migrants and any way of life that they think is not “English” enough.

Brighton: anti-fascism begins at home

The current economic crisis and the demonisation of migrants has created the political climate for fascist ideas and organisations to grow. Groups such as the MfE, EDL and BNP groups scapegoat those most affected by war and economic hardship, they discriminate according to their ideas of race and nation, they spread fear and hate of those people they believe are different to them, they attempt to intimidate community groups. When the people of Brighton made their collective stand against Mfe and EDL, they helped turn the tide against new fascism in Britain. Since we took to the streets to show our opposition to the rise of a new fascism, the EDL have been halted in Bristol, Walthamstow and Norwich.

We’ll do it again. Fascism grows if we let it.

See you there.

For updates contact:

stopmfe@ymail.com

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A New World In Our Hearts by Various Artists: 71 track benefit CD for Freedom bookshop, from Iron Column records.

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Immediate download of 71-track album in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.


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On Friday 1st February 2013, fascists carried out an arson attack on Freedom anarchist bookshop in London, UK. Thankfully nobody was hurt, but the shop and stock suffered extensive damage. 

Since the attack, individuals and groups across the world have offered their support, in both word and deed, in an unequivocal display of international mutual aid and solidarity. 

This compilation is our small contribution to the rebuilding effort. All artists have given their time, energy and creations for free, and we’re hugely humbled by their selflessness. It means that every penny raised here will be used directly to benefit Freedom. 

We understand that not everyone can afford to make even a small donation. We’d rather you had music to help you through tough times, so we’ll shortly be offering a high-quality mp3 version of this compilation for free download. Stay tuned. 

Thanks for listening, donating, supporting and spreading the word. We really appreciate it. 

¡No Pasaran! 

The Iron Column Records Crew

released 21 March 2013

A plague of anarchosyndicalists descends on Portsmouth Poundland 2nd of March 2013.

To get everyone in the mood for SolFed’s southern regional conference, host local Solent called a flash picket of the devious workfare provider on Commercial road; A joint action with CNT-AIT Caen France, Forest of Dean Anarchists, Wessex Solidarity and other comrades.

Poundland’s repeated protestations that they have given up the DWP’s slave labour scheme have proved to be worthless. As always, we talked to the staff and handed them some literature: the stakes were raised somewhat as it turned out two of them were working for JSA (about £2 an hour). It was only fair to share this information with the Saturday morning shoppers, and it was enough to put most of them off.

Bit of déjà vu for Holland and Barrett but they just happened to be next door and there wasn’t room for us all to stand outside Poundland’s shop window. Passers by were mostly friendly including some passing Trots, who were impressed with our level of organisation! Cheers comrades, did you know it was the 92nd anniversary of the start of the Kronstadt Rebellion?

From thence to our secret conference venue, multiple breakfasts and plotting the downfall of the bourgeoisie. The day rounded off with a sociable evening of radical folk, punk & noise. You should have been there!

NO to National Front White Pride Demo in Swansea

Tell 'em to fuck off!

Urgent call out from Welsh Antifa!

On  9th March the National Front are holding a White Pride Demo on the streets of Swansea where they will be spewing their Racial hatred, so let’s show them what we think of their bile and show them they are not wanted in Swansea or anywhere else.

Welsh Antifa have received verified information that the NF shall be forced to undertake a static protest in a back street/Carpark near the Strand area of Swansea, away from the shops and out of sight of the public. The UAF shall be holding their Counter Demo in the Strand Quay so if you would rather not be put into a Kettle situation, try to avoid ;). Please make your way to the Strand area about 10.30am. Bring Flags, Banners and Placards, Musical Instruments if you so wish. Stay Safe People :)

 

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You know the drill – No Pasaran!

Physical Resistance: A Hundred Years of Anti-Fascism by Dave Hann

Large-scale confrontations, disruption of meetings, sabotage and street fighting have been part of the practice of anti-fascism from the early twentieth century until the twenty-first.

Rarely endorsed by any political party, the use of collective bodily strength remains a strategy of activists working in alliances and coalitions against fascism.

In Physical Resistance famous battles against fascists, from the Olympia arena, Earls Court in 1934 and Cable Street in 1936 to Southall in 1978 and Bradford 2010, are told through the voices of participants. Anarchists, communists and socialists who belonged to a shifting series of anti-fascist organizations relate well-known events alongside many forgotten but significant episodes.

Studies of anti-fascism in Britain have tended to be either academic texts or partisan political histories. Physical Resistance is niether; it is an inclusive history, broader in scope than any other work so far. It covers the whole period of anti-fascist activism but importantly, it redefines political practice according to the act of participation rather than the adherence to precisely defined ideological standpoints and offers an alternative interpretation of political action, which includes physical resistance as part of an everyday pattern of opposition. This wider and longer historical perspective is pieced together through the everyday experiences of activists themselves.

The importance of any book about anti-fascism depends upon how it is used. As well as the history of anti-fascism, our discussion will address the re-emergence of an anti-fascist movement over the last year.

For publishers details see:
http://www.zero-books.net/books/physical-resistance

or contact physicalresistance@riseup.net

A Letter From Jock Palfreeman – Anti-fascist Prisoner On Hunger Strike

Australian Anti-fascist prisoner Jock Palfreeman, serving 20 years in Sofia/Bulgaria for defending two Roma boys from a racist mob, is on hunger strike from 13th January 2013 because the Director of the Central Sofia Prison has ordered another punishment measure because of Jock´s activist work as chairman of the Bulgarian Prisoners´ Association.

Due to this punishment Jock is now not allowed to finish his studies which are very important to him. Jock’s health is rapidly worsening as he continues his hunger strike and he is not even allowed to see a doctor as yet another repressive measure by the prison authorities. He asks for solidarity from all of you by sending a letter to the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice. Please  start putting pressure now before it’s too late. Jock needs our support!

Website of Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association

21st January 2013

G-day guys! All at ABC,

Well, first of all, the Director stopped me from my Uni degree! See I’ve been helping other prisoners, obviously part of the union and solidarity with fellow convicts. So to punish me, for my solidarity ie legal advice! the Director of the prison cut me off from the computers where I write my essays. It happened several days ago after 10 guards badly beat a prisoner with batons. I helped the prisoner get legal advice and explained to him the procedure for how to instigate a criminal investigation into their attack. For that I’m being punished in that they are stopping me from my studies.

So on the 13/1/13 I started a hunger strike, I have not eaten since then, I am only drinking water drinks eg mint tea (without sugar) and normal water. I have lost a lot of weight in 9 days but I don’t know how much as the prison refuses to send a doctor to me. I don’t plan on stopping until I am returned to my studies, but I don’t think this director will allow me, so prospects look dim! To help me, please send letters of complaint to:

Ministry of Justice
Diana Kovacheva
No. 1, Slavanska Street
Sofia 1040
Bulgaria

I recommend writing as individuals.

22nd January 2013

Hunger strike…. not happy, the worst is that I’m getting bad heart burn from my stomach acids!

Be good guys!
Solidarity
Comrade Jock Palfreeman

Please sent letters of support & solidarity to:

Jock Palfreeman
Sofia Central Prison
21 General Stoletov Boulevard
Sofia 1309
Bulgaria

UKBA raid disrupted by Anti Raids Network

February 2nd: UKBA raid West African Restaurant, Old Kent Road, near Elephant and Castle.

On Saturday night, approximately 6-7 UKBA officers and around 4 police officers rushed into a West African restaurant at 8.55pm. The raiding party arrived in one white van and one silver van, licence plate BP55DCU. But this time the operation wasn’t going to take place in silence.

About 20 people from the Anti Raids network entered the restaurant hot on their heels and informed everyone present of their rights in the face of immigration checks: you do not have to answer any questions, and you are free to leave at any time. Many people immediately got up and left – presumably not wanting to spend their night out being interrogated by UKBA thugs.

Raid in the Elephant & Castle area in the autumn

Raid in the Elephant & Castle area in the autumn

Unfortunately, UKBA had managed to surround three people before supporters could get to them. One group of immigration officers questioned the three women, while others physically blocked supporters from getting near them to inform them of their legal rights. Some police officers assisting the operation refused to show their badge numbers and tried to intimidate supporters into turning off their cameras. UKBA officers held their victims in the restaurant for approximately half an hour before leaving, supported by extra police back-up.

Sadly, they managed to arrest one Nigerian woman and took her with them to their base at Beckett House, near London Bridge (60-68 St Thomas Street London SE1 3QU). Arrested people are often imprisoned at the “short term holding facility” at Beckett House before being moved on to detention centres. Still, they had probably expected a much bigger catch. People from Anti Raids were there to show solidarity with the restaurant workers, customers, and the many people who are regularly subject to these racist immigration controls in London. While the UKBA were still in the restaurant, they also went to visit other restaurants and businesses on the street to inform everyone of what was happening.

Raid in Elephant & Castle last autumn

Footage of the raid will follow shortly.

This raid was not in isolation

Racist migration raids take place every day in London, but are rarely reported on. At 2am on the same night, UKBA also attacked a house in the Peckham/Dulwich area, arresting 4 people from Bolivia and 2 from Pakistan. They were held in Beckett House for the night and have now been moved to detention centres in Dover and Bedford. Raids were also reported in the Elephant and Castle area every day last week. In one operation UKBA blocked off the entrances and exits to the main shopping centre, catching people as they left. Several people were detained and one person has already been deported.

Building the resistance

Following the wave of UKBA activity over the past couple of weeks, members of the Latin American Workers Association (LAWAS), Precarious Workers Brigade, No Borders London, and other individuals working together under the banner of the Anti Raids network have been active in the Elephant and Castle area. On Saturday afternoon, a few hours before the raid, about 40 people held a demonstration on Old Kent Road to show solidarity with communities being attacked and harassed on a daily basis. We spoke to local shop keepers and passers-by about our rights in the face of a raid or a stop, and distributed hundreds of ‘Know your rights’ cards in Spanish, Arabic, English and other languages.

By creating networks of resistance and mutual aid, we can fight racist controls and checks. Solidarity with all migrant communities. No one is illegal.

If you are interested in getting involved in Anti Raids, send us an email at antiraids [at/] riseup.net (replace the [at/] with @),

Anti Raids Website

How many friends do the Golden Dawn have in England?

We can confidently report that the answer is twelve.

All over the world today, antifascists, militant and liberal, answered the call out from Greek Antifa for an international day of action against the take over of their society by the Golden Dawn, an old-fashioned genetic-Nazi organisation.

Despite the crappy weather, a static demo called by the Greece Solidarity Campaign outside the Greek embassy was attended by a healthy 200 plus socialists and anarchists with representatives of the Greek and other communities. News that a counter-protest was planned by a group variously calling itself ‘British Friends of the Golden Dawn’ or ‘England’s Golden Dawn’ attracted about 60 militant anti-fascists.

By midday there was no sign of the fash at their assembly point but eventually a dozen weirdos, complete with Nazi tattoos, a Greek flag, and a modified Union Jack, were escorted by the plod into a tiny little pen and back to the tube again, making themselves look utterly ridiculous in the process. This is the absolute lunatic fringe of Britain’s far right, check out their Facebook page if you don’t believe us, proper barking, biting yer ankles mad, one wore a Union Jack gimp mask.

As people peeled away from the demo to tell them off, the slaphead with the sunglasses conducted the chorus of disapproval with his pointy finger, the chubby ginger lad gurned a lot, the one woman looked near to collapse. British fascists carrying a Greek flag, easily outnumbered by real Greeks! You couldn’t make it up.

AFNgreekEventually the UAF ‘smash fascism’ contingent noticed that some actual fascists had arrived and interrupted the speeches briefly to point this out, then carried on as if nothing had happened. A Greek squatter solidarity group unfurled a banner and the police started to misbehave.

villaLast Wednesday to Thursday, Sahtzat Loukam, a Pakistani migrant, 27 years, was killed by two Greek people. It appears that these two people belong to the Golden Dawn. This is the first time the Greek police are investigating the killing of a migrant by someone who belongs to the Golden Dawn. In the last two years, 800 Pakistanis have suffered racist attacks in Greece; five of them were killed.

Solidarity appeal for Bristol antifascist.

AFA1As reported in the Westcountry Mutineer, a Bristol man has been found guilty of multiple counts of assaulting a policeman during last July’s massive anti E.D.L. protest. One of thousands of locals and antifascists who successfully defended their multicultural community from 300 racists under the protection of the police, our comrade has been left to foot a bill of over £1,000.

Anyone who’s been in court will be aware that facts don’t feature prominently in the judicial process; the ‘assaulted’ officer admitted that he couldn’t be sure the accused was responsible, then alleged that he ‘punched his hat off’. Duty solicitors failed to submit photographs (featured in Vice magazine) clearly showing Mr Plod wearing his hat throughout the proceedings.

A district judge who sat in on the magistrates’ hearing disallowed testimony from two witnesses purely on the grounds of their membership of the Anarchist Federation. Whilst two cops contradicted themselves and each other the judge concerned himself with criticising the lifestyle and politics of the defendant.

Various groups are having a whip-round to pay his fine. If you, your group, or your union branch could donate – no matter how much – please send a cheque made out to Anarchist Federation, to:

Bristol Afed, c/o Kebele Community Co-op, 14 Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6JY.

BNP Skegness demo re-direction point revealed.

The BNP will be meeting at The Victoria on Wainfleet Road for their Day of Action against Skegness’ Muslims from 11.30-12.00 this Saturday. According to our source, the landlord knows about the event and is supportive. The pub is not far from the halal slaughterhouse on Heath Road.

The Victoria can be contacted on 01754 765124.

Don’t forget to let the BNP know you’re coming: 07714009285.

From East Midlands Anti-fascists

Season’s Greetings from all at Wessex Solidarity.

christmas-card

It’s that time of year again, the weather’s shit and everything’s closed.

The pigs are after your licence and your gear, your seasonal job has been replaced by workfare (ho ho fucking ho) and the landlord wants his dough. Drunks celebrate the birth of a popular Palestinian after-dinner speaker by glassing each other in the town centre. ‘Tis the season of commodity fetishism and the bourgeoisie glop all over us.

So crack open a brew, spark up the chalice, throw another fascist on the fire and put your feet up. Maybe even dip into our Reference Library while you’re at it – knowledge is power after all, the only kind worthy of respect.

We hope you like the card, we nicked it, so sue us.

Stay free, stay safe, solidarity forever! X

Westcountr​y Mutineer #3 (December 2012)

Westcountry Mutineer

Yes, yes, we know, it’s a couple of weeks late!

Anyway, here’s your free copy.

Where you’ll find a festive mix of –

* Gaza Palava!
* Healthcare Selloffs!
* Going Postal!
* Don’t Work Smart, Work Fare!
* Striking A Nerve!
* Prisons!
* Anarchy!
* Pirates!

and obviously much, much more!

Merry winterval, winter celebration, snow pagent, cold-weather commodity swapping event or whatever other PC words for Xmas will piss off Daily Mail readers! – WCM editorial collective

If you’d like hard copies to distribute or sell for noble causes, the merry mutineers can be contacted Here.

Resistance bulletin issue 146 November 2012

Posted on Hastings Anarchists

cover of Resistance Bulletin 146 Nov 2012

NOVEMBER 2012 RESISTANCE is out. HIT THE DECK: IT’S CHECKY WATCH! (Newcastle Metro), EDL in Bristol, West Country newsletter, RMT police harassment, Dominos pizza. Teachers’ strike, Swindon housing,  Pirates ahoy in Dartmouth, Textile worker in Turkey, South African miners, Quebec students, Glasgow refugee centre, Prisoner support. and more.

EDL fail to sneak into Bournemouth unnoticed.

Portman hotel in Ashley Rd.Locals not having it.

The worst-kept secret in fascism was the eddles’ South West Region meeting at the Portman hotel in Boscombe; it’s been all over the net for weeks, but then who ever met a fascist who could keep his mouth shut? Comrades in Bournemouth report that last night you could hardly move in Ashley road for locals putting up antifa posters and graffiti, simultaneously some also appeared in the town centre.

The pub welcomed the half-dozen or so fascists who had to conduct their meeting under the watchful eye of their beloved Old Bill. Present was Mickey ‘English’ Bayliss, pictured below paying tribute to his mentor, that little Austrian chap who used to drop bombs on us – it’s amazing the lengths some people will go to annoy their parents.

Taxi for Bayliss!
The Portman, which  was recently offered for sale on Marston’s website as “a large local’s pub, … walking distance from Bournemouth Athletic football ground. This pub has a fantastic community atmosphere and boasts a sound proofed live music lounge.” Now it also boasts a sinister connection with the far right; antifascist fans of AFC Bournemouth please note. We await reports on whether the fash made it out of town in one piece.

Emergency Gaza Solidarity demo in Bournemouth square.

In response to the state of Israel’s continuing massacres in Gaza an emergency demonstration in solidarity with the people of Gaza was called by Dorset Socialists and  AUCB Students Union for Saturday 17th November; it was supported by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Wessex Solidarity, Solent Solfed and others. The reaction of the shoppers was mainly positive, with some choosing to join in. Best comment of the day came from a bloke who had to walk a few feet out of his way “This is all we bloody need at Christmas innit!” Christmas? It’s the middle of fucking November! Some folk have it really tough.

If the bombing’s still going on we’ll all be there again next Saturday 24th, bring your flags and banners, invite your mates!

More pictures by Graham Horne on Demotix

Anti-Fascist Film showing Brighton Sunday 9th December

Brighton Anti-Fascists present a matinée showing of Casablanca: 1pm Sunday 9th December.

Although most famous as a classic Hollywood love story, Casablanca is far more than a wartime romance. Leading pair Rick (Bogart) and Ilsa (Bergman) are caught up in the struggle against Nazism as Ilsa seeks to escape Vichy Morocco with her fugitive husband Victor Lazlo, a legendary Czech resistance leader. On the run, Ilsa is reunited with Rick, a seemingly cynical American bar owner and lost love of Ilsa’s, who holds their only chance for freedom. Torn between his feelings for Ilsa and his idealistic past, Rick must decide: which side is he on?

 

Come as you are or Casablanca style. Prizes for the best dressed. 

A film benefit for Brighton Anti-Fascists. Tickets £7 and £6 concessions. 

Duke of Yorks Picture House Preston Circus Brighton BN1 4NA

Which side are you on?

Day of action against Barnardo’s – 8 November

Following a series of documented assaults on migrant families held in Cedars, the appalling treatment of the Saleh family, and the damning HM Inspector of Prison’s report last month, anti-detention campaigners are calling on all concerned groups and individuals to join us in an intensive day of action  to ratchet up the campaign against Barnardo’s involvement in child detention.

Click banner above to get involved in the campaign.

Autonomy Film show and talk in Bridport – 2011 Riots: Sunday 11th November 2012.

7.00pm for 7.30pm, St. John’s Ambulance Hall, Rax Lane, Bridport.

£4 entry (less if you’re skint)

Autonomy Films
Bristol Radical History Group

Our future event dates, Bridport
Saturday December, 15th, 2012
Sunday January 13th, 2013

Other Events

3rd November Dorset Socialists meeting; The Resistible Rise of European Fascism. Speaker: Martin Smith (Unite Against Fascism)
Colliton Club, Dorchester. 1:30pm.  Free Admission.

6th November Yeovil and West Dorset Stop the War meeting;
Speaker; Lindsey German, national convener of Stop the War Coalition.
Unity Hall, Central Road,Yeovil, BA 20 IJL.
7pm. Free Admission.

7th November Bridport Feminist Network talk;
Women in Prison. Speaker; Rachel Halford director of Women in Prison.
Chapel in the Garden, 49 East Street, Bridport DT6 3LX.
7:30pm, Everyone welcome. £3 suggested donation.

11th November United Nations Association UK; Remembrance day parade with White Poppies.
Meet East St, between the Greyhound and Chancery Lane, by the flag of the United Nations Association( Independent of the UN).
10 – 10:30am, Procession in Armistice Day parade to St Mary’s Church for two-minute silence at 11 am.
All welcome to join with the Bridport Quakers who question military solutions and the militaristic nature of the parade.

If you want us to announce an event please email autofilm1@gmail.com at least 6 weeks in advance; or contact us to join the film mailing list.

Anti-fascism in Sunderland – From N.E. Anarchists.

Fascists Attack – We Fight Back! – Sunderland 6/10/12

“…Liberals are deluded if they think we should “turn the other cheek”. WE SAY BOLLOCKS. Fascists attack – WE FIGHT BACK. The local Asian youths did themselves – and our city – proud with a great display of militancy and courage. That is exactly what the anti-fascist movement needs if we are to move beyond merely symbolic victories to actually sweeping the fascist scum off our streets. The UAF control of the march was a problem and the UAF proclaiming a victory on the megaphone against the fascists before the EDL/SDL had arrived was and is fantasy, if anything it was around a score draw taking everything into consideration…”

Good work comrades!

EDL leadership turns suicidal

‘Beer leader’ Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has called on his squabbling minions to set aside their differences and return to Walthamstow on the 27 October – yes, the same day as the London Anarchist Bookfair!

It remains to be seen how many of the dejected looking eddles we watched being poured onto trains at Blackhorse road will want to return to East London with 3000 plus anarchists and antifa just 10 minutes up the road, but we anticipate a repeat of the Brighton ‘casuals’ fiasco. 30-40 fascists will skulk around trying to get heavily refreshed without drawing attention to themselves – which they will spectacularly fail to do.

Last time they declined to liase with the police some of them never made it out of the hotel, but it was only 3 o’clock in the afternoon so maybe they were having a lie in.

From what we’ve seen Walthamstow residents are more than capable of taking care of themselves, but feel free to give us a bell if you want a hand, it’s what we’re here for.

Anarchists – always happy to help!

Fash struggle to get it up in Walthamstow – but the cops still love ‘em!

The far-right’s tactic of marching their piss-artist ‘street army’ into places where they have no constituency whatsoever has finally run into the law of diminishing returns, it now seems the only people who still want to see fascists on our streets are the police.

Fewer than 200 eddles emerged from Blackhorse road station, and a sit-down protest by We Are Waltham Forest, kettled by babylon at the junction of Forest Road and Hoe Street, stopped them in their tracks. For the next 5 hours they were herded in ever-decreasing circles around the back streets, fighting amongst themselves. Locals and Antifa covered the area in small groups causing the cops to block one road after another. Unable to reach the rally point where their leaders were besieged by a hostile crowd, the march was turned back to the station. We gathered again to see them off, and after seemingly endless police manouvres, a sorry-looking and much depleted handful of drunks shambled past us.

Once again the state proved itself entirely complicit; as the fascists approached the junction an AFN banner was unfurled ouside the kettle, and plod reacted as if we’d produced an RPG, trying to take it off us then shoving us back into the wall. A firework-throwing fascist was allowed to proceed whilst one of our comrades was held for 12 hours for allegedly responding with an empty plastic bottle, another was witnessed being punched in the head after having been handcuffed.

What’s more, its worth noting that the the labour council allowed the EDL to put up a fucking gazebo in the town hall! We can’t see them doing that for anarchists or our local anti-cuts group; in fact the council have been having a pop at the anti-cuts group for even doing stalls.

The EDL is a spent force, and like the capitalist system that spawned it, survives only by the intervention of the state; but as capitalism breathes its last fascism will continue to be peddled as an alternative, mainly because it’s easier to sell to thick people than freedom. The imperative to stamp out bigotry in our communities and unite the working class is greater than ever.

If any FIT are reading this, you’ve got better pictures of our lovely banner than we have; send ’em in and we’ll give you a credit, ta.

Picture gallery

Indymedia UK: Very few EDL show-up in Walthamstow

EDL News: EDL beat up their own steward in Walthamstow

Schnews: DEATH KNELL FOR THE EDL?

Vice: WALTHAMSTOW, WHERE FASCISTS GO TO DIE

AFN: Deluded Casuals Furiously Attempt to Polish Turd..

A message from the Anti-Fascist Network:

The EDL are holding a national demo in Walthamstow (London) this Saturday. The usual lefty and religious suspects are organising a counter mobilisation.

Anti Fascist Network groups will also be present. Anyone not wanting to stand in a police cordon and listen to speeches from wannabe politicians should contact their local AFN aligned group, or just head into the area with your mates and see what’s on. Stay mobile, stay safe.

For working class unity against fascism!

The tellytubbies are coming to Chelmsford!

Despite a bizzare coalition of locals telling them to fuck off: check this out!
Posties, teachers, tories, trots, UKIP, god-botherers, in fact, just about everyone in Chelmsford except the eddles themselves and the BNP, not to mention weird little fash groups like the casuals, CFX etc who all hate each other – can’t remember why but I think it was something to do with football, or grassing each other up, or having their fingers in the till or each others kids. Don’t you wish you had an ideology to argue about?

Assemble at 11.30am 18th August at Tindal Square CM1 1LX.

Contact your local Antifa, get the muslamic ray guns on charge, ease up on the soap and we’ll see you on the streets comrades, should be a good ‘un!

Rrrright, now! Ahahaha…

David Hoffman ate our paper!

In 1886 a group of anarchists including Peter Kropotkin and Charlotte Wilson decided to produce a new monthly anarchist paper. Freedom began publication in October 1886 and continues to this day; In addition to Freedom, the group set up Freedom Press, which became the main publisher of anarchist literature in England

History of Freedom Press

Enter freelance photographer David Hoffman; in 2009 Freedom Press had published Beating the Fascists, which has of itself aroused much controversy in the anarchist anti-fascist movement. The book is illustrated with photographs supplied by the authors, it turned out these included pictures taken by Hoffman that were still under copyright. Hoffman threatened legal action and has received £4,000 for the use of the pictures; as a result the Freedom collective now faces ruin.

This hypocrite has made a living for years out of photographing activists and suing the police while enjoying the protection of anti-fascists; he now turns to the law to extract money from his erstwhile comrades.

Here’s Hoffman in publicity-seeking mode with a Class War ‘Wanker’ poster: Police remove David Cameron ‘wanker’ poster

You can e mail Hoffman using the contact form at the bottom of the page on his website let him know he is not welcome at our actions and will no longer receive our support.

Hoffman is a member of the London Photographers Branch of the NUJ: Contact the committee here.

If you’d like to help you can subscribe to Freedom, or buy a book maybe, even Beating the Fascists!

Now that we’re bust and what we’re going to do about it

EDL in Bristol – what was that all about then? – Mal Content


“No government fights fascism to destroy it. When the bourgeoisie sees that power is slipping out of its hands, it brings up fascism to hold onto their privileges.”  –  Buenaventura Durruti

The people of Bristol in all their diversity are well known for standing up for themselves; it’s hard to imagine a less auspicious location for a fascist rally, except Brighton maybe, and we all know what happened there. So to show who’s boss the state decides to force a fascist march into a city that doesn’t want it by hook or by crook. To add insult to injury, Bristol citizens will have to pay half a million quid for the privilege.

…This was nothing more or less than a demonstration of state power; the 200 or so fascist buffoons were no more than props in the charade…read more…

Radical Workers’ Bloc at Tolpuddle

Respect to all those who turned out to support this initiative, we were joined by members of Afed, Solfed, IWW, Class War and non-aligned Anarchist groups, from as far afield as Brighton, Bognor, Portsmouth, Thames Valley, Swindon, Bath, Bristol and the Midlands – many of us fresh from the counter – EDL action in Bristol. We also picked up a few supporters along the way and got a generally positive reception. Having taken our place in the line early on, the tankies managed to sneak in front of us when no one was looking – rude bastards! We won’t let that happen next year will we comrades! Their flags are taller than everyone else’s – which tells you all you need to know.

Let’s make this a regular fixture, it’s important to put faces to names and get to know each other off line, we’re all going to be working together against austerity, capitalism and fascism.

Police protect the fash in Brizzle Report from Bristol Antifascists.

Come to Bristol on the 14th July! – Start time has changed.

    

BRISTOL ANTI-FASCISTS SAY: STOP THE EDL…. Let’s defend ourselves against the English Defence League! The EDL are marching in Bristol on the 14th of July. The counter- mobilisation is in full swing, so get involved. There have been a lot of posts on Bristol Indymedia about the EDL demo. Now is the time for our call to action.

Still in two minds? Bristol March Organiser Photographed Giving Nazi Salute at Bradford Demo

Come to Templemeads area and line the route at 11am on the 14th to give them the welcome they deserve. Stay alert. Stay mobile. Bring your mates.

Bristol Update including translations of the call out in Farsi, Arabic, Somali and Polish.

Then join us on Sunday at Tolpuddle!

 

 

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The EDL’s electoral front, the British Freedom party has appointed a Teletubby as its Local Organiser in Bristol!

Meet Lala.

A tale of two cities.

Fascists Get Fucked in Brighton….Again – a write up on the 2nd June action in Brighton from the Anti-Fascist Network

Couple of quality quotes from the day:

‘If there were no police, there would be no fascists, fact!’  – a member of the public who was asking the police to kindly ‘Piss off so we can get rid of the bastards.’

‘I don’t know why the police don’t just let us sort it out, they (the fascists) would never dare show their faces in Brighton again,’ – Anti-Fascist campaigner.

‘Go on kids, See em off!’ – an elderly lady watching from the railings outside Brighton train station as around a gang of 100 had just legged it down the road in hot pursuit of the 30 fascists being taken to the train station by police. – Re-posted from A.F.N.

Statement by Brighton Anti-fascists

Detailed report from Indymedia:

Brighton anti fascist actions prove a valuable lesson

In Newcastle however:

Firecrackers Thrown And Fights As EDL Supporters And Anti Jubilee Protestors Clash In Newcastle

There is no shortage of good, active comrades in the North so how did this happen? It seems the event was set up on Facebook and no attempt was made to call for support even after threats had been issued. By contrast the network in the south is well supported and organised to the extent that about 100 anti-fascists turned out in Brighton without a public callout.

Our experience has shown that any radical event is likely to attract fascists. Anyone arranging something like this should expect trouble and prepare for it, it’s still largely a numbers game – the police will always round on the smaller group. We urge all left-libertarian groups to sign up to the Anti-Fascist Network and work together to make sure the fash are never able to control our public spaces.

Fash seen off in street and ballot box – updated.

Fash & Chips – a report from SchNEWS

Casuals United, the football hooligan wing of the EDL, made complete tits of themselves in Brighton today (2nd). In response to their humiliation at March for England the fash thought it would be a good idea to come back in even smaller numbers to have a go at the “rabid hordes of commie UAF gays” that passes for the population of Brighton.

Far right websites, blogs and Facebook pages are already attempting to claim that antifa either a) didn’t turn up, b) ran away, and/or c) attacked patriots unprovoked. In reality the knuckle draggers managed to skulk about in a few pubs (including Belushis, The Saint James & The Amsterdam) while around 100 antifascists stewarded the UK Uncut demo and Palestine Solidarity stall near Churchill Sq. Once the stall had packed up around 3pm the antifascists mobbed up and headed towards Old Steine to confront the racists.

Police halted the majority of the march halfway down North St, meaning only around 30 made it to the bottom of St James Street, where small groups of fash were skulking around making homophobic remarks. A spirited fistfight broke out, though the police waded in before a decisive outcome was reached.

The cops then rounded up most of the EDL and marched them to the train station, with antifascists haranguing them all the way. Many of them then left town with a few others heading back into town to find a pub to defend from Sharia Law.

Antifascists then regrouped for a well earned pint, while others headed to Hollingbury police station to pick up arrested comrades. So far at least 5 antifascists and 5 fascists have been nicked today.

A more complete & concise roundup of the day’s events will be posted in the near future.

Up the punks!!

Bangers-and-Fash – update from SchNEWS

Meanwhile..

on Thursday, 31st May the fascist BNP candidate Colin Smith sank without trace in the Bournemouth council by – election for Redhill and Northbourne; he pulled in 42 votes, some 0.74% of the electorate.

Local activists had turned out on the Tuesday evening to leaflet the ward, which contains 3 BNP members, just in case their neighbours were tempted to vote for the fascists.

Turnout was 32.77%, which means the winning tory candidate was elected by 11.96% of those eligible to vote; representative democracy, what a load of crap.

If you can still bring yourselves to take an interest in this scam, here’s the full result:

Tory 675
Lab 539
Lib 424
Ind 398
UKIP 327
Green 54
Ind 51
BNP 42
Ind 15

Much more fun when we do it ourselves!

Anti-fascist Network Supporters’ statement and flyers.

Anti-fascist Network Supporters’ statement and flyers.

Mental health news: fascist standing in Bournemouth by-election (no, another one!)

The bat-shit crazy swastika arm-bandit Colin Smith is standing for the fascist BNP in the forthcoming Bournemouth council by-election for Redhill and Northbourne on Thursday, 31st May

Comrades: we’re not fucking having it, are we!

 

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If you have any more info on this cunt, let us know.

Mental Health bulletin: scratch a tory and win a fascist!

SueAnderson, Bournemouth's twitter fascistCllr Sue Anderson, tory incumbent for Moordown ward in Bournemouth, showed her true colours on Twitter – “nobody else except the EDL stick up for the English” She has a history of making stupid comments. Whoever voted for this freak?

From Bournemouth Echo:

Councillor suspended over Twitter remarks

Fuck off Sue!tweet1tweet

May Day celebrations in Cardiff

 

The irrepressible South Wales Anarchists and comrades celebrated Mayday with an anarchist picnic in the city centre. Assorted free literature, free food in the shape of bread rolls and spicy veg stew provided by Food Not Bombs Cardiff plus free entertainment from local acts busking in the shadow of Nye Bevan’s statue. A sunny day brought a crowd out and some interesting conversations were had.

The event also marks the launch of their stylish new website The A Hole.

We also managed to slot in a couple of workfare pickets: Primark and Poundland, I can report that management and security at both are proper bell-ends. We then adjourned to the boozer and it all gets a bit hazy after that…

May Day is our day! – International Workers’ Day, and this is what it’s all about: The Anarchist origins of May Day (pdf)

Mayday roundup from London

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Mental health bulletin.

Solidarity callout from residents of Brighton and Hove – make a stand against racism and fascism: Oppose the March for England.

”We, as Brighton and Hove residents, are calling on all communities to oppose the spread of racist and fascist ideas under the banner of ‘March for England.’ Harangue, mock and disrupt the march. Line the route. Gather in groups along Queen’s Road, from Brighton station to the Clock tower at 11am. Together we will drown out their message of hate.”

Brighton Stop MFE on Sunday – really good article here:

Anti fascist Benefit gig in Bristol on Saturday:

Benefit gig in Liverpool on Saturday:

Memorial demo for Murdered 21-year-old Russian Antifascist Nikita Kalin – 25th February

Nikita Lives!
Urgent: This Saturday 25th February, London Antifascists will be laying a wreath at the International Brigades Memorial, Jubilee Gardens SE1 (Southbank) at 1pm to commemorate our fallen comrade.

We encourage all antifascists and radicals to join us. The nearest station is Waterloo.

Anarchist anti-fascist murdered in Samara, Russia friends and family need support

Nikita’s family and friends have a lawyer from a human rights organisation, but they still need money to help pay for the funeral. If you cannot make it to the memorial demonstration, please consider donating to the funeral fund via Moscow Anarchist Black Cross.

Russian Antifa framed – call-out for solidarity.

Nizhny Novgorod anti-fascists need your solidarity and support! A call for coordinated actions around the world on March 16–18, 2012

Friends and comrades!
We, the anti-fascists and anarchists of Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), appeal to concerned people around the world. The political police (the Center for Combating Extremism or Center “E”) have fabricated a criminal case against our comrades. Anti-fascism has been outlawed in our city. We need your solidarity and support!

Full story here:

Facebook group

Benefit Party for Russian antifascists Friday 24th February 19:00
London Action Resource Centre (LARC), 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London E1 1ES

ALARM Conference Saturday 7th January 2012

ALARM Conference – Saturday 7th January 2012 10am-5pm – Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL

You are cordially invited to a one day London anarchist conference hosted by Alarm at Conway Hall on Saturday 7th January 10am-5pm. The past twelve months have seen the political situation of the UK and London develop rapidly. This is only the beginning of a turbulent economic and social situation. We hope that this conference can give us a space as anarchists to reflect back on as well as look forward to fighting the class war that is currently being waged. We are hosting this conference in a comradely and constructive fashion and invite all those from the many headed hydra of anarchism and libertarianism to come together under the banners of mutual aid and solidarity. Full details