Antifascist Bournemouth

25 08 2014

Well done to all those who came out to oppose the EDL in Bournemouth on Saturday. Here’s how BHstopEDL summed up the day:

“The mood of the town was overwhelmingly in favour of a peaceful and inclusive protest to illustrate how united our communities are in their opposition to the EDL’s narrow racism. It’s probably the broadest spectrum of political opinion, gender, age group, ethnic origin and religious belief we’re ever likely to see gathered over a single issue. Above all it confirms that the ‘Islamification of Britain’ is just the paranoid fantasy of a tiny subculture.

The EDL support on the other hand, was overwhelmingly white, male and middle aged, consisting mainly of football hooligan firms from outside the county, who predictably ended up fighting amongst themselves.”
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Bournemouth StopEDL – Details for this Saturday

22 08 2014

TOMORROW Saturday 23rd August, 12 midday, Dean Park Cricket Ground on Cavendish Road, Bournemouth.

BHstopEDL will meet here then move down Dean Park Road towards the union-organised We Are Bournemouth event. We are Bournemouth will march to Bath Road Car Park. Meanwhile the EDL meet in The Moon pub in the Square and march to the West Overcliff path.

 

You can see the locations marked on this map.

There will be banners, and whistles and lots of anti fascists so come and join in. Maybe bring your own flag or placard and definitely your friends! Show the racist EDL are not welcome in Bournemouth or anywhere else.

* See you on the streets * ¡No pasarán! * They shall not pass *





Why we must oppose the EDL in Colchester

22 08 2014

 

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The last time the EDL had an event in Colchester was on the anniversary of the murder of Lee Rigby. They marched up to the war memorial where they found anti fascists waiting. With branded EDL flags and clothing, the far right group laid a wreath on the war memorial, ‘for’ Lee Rigby.
Lee Rigby’s family and colleagues have specifically stated they do not want groups like the EDL to use his murder to further their political aims. They say Lee Rigby would not have wanted his name to be used as an excuse to attack others. The EDL have consistently ignored this and continue to use the name and pictures of Lee Rigby as some kind of justification for their racism and prejudice.

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Next Weekend’s Anti Fascist Mobilizations

17 08 2014

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Anti Fascists in Bournemouth have been busy publicizing the event to oppose the EDL next Saturday the 23rd. They have announced the counter demonstration will meet at 12 midday in central Bournemouth. The exact location will be announced in the middle of the week.

Edinburgh

If you are based further north you might fancy opposing the Scottish Defence League in Edinburgh. The fascists plan to meet at the Market Street entrance to Waverley station, at 1pm on 23rd August. They want to march to the parliament for 2pm. Unite Against Fascism are meeting at 1pm on Chambers Street.

More information coming soon from Essex Antifascists on details for Stop the EDL in Colchester, on 6th September.





Chronology of fascist harassment of pro-Palestine demonstrations

16 08 2014
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As many readers are no doubt aware, since the beginning of the current Gaza crisis on July 8th, the EDL and other far-right fascist groups have been popping their heads up and attacking and abusing pro-Palestine demonstrations. They have always been vastly outnumbered by demonstrators against Israeli apartheid but as this list shows, they have been active and persistent across the country and have resorted to acts of violence and harassment against individual protestors when they have been able to get away with it.

The demonstrations, marches, vigils and so forth that have taken place in connection with Gaza over the last month have been almost uniformly peaceful despite people’s understandable anger and have represented a cross-section of the community with people of all ages including lots of children. Obviously the EDL and their fascist chums count it a great victory to chant racist abuse and intimidate and attack peaceful family-friendly demonstrations including small children. Anti-fascists should not allow them to claim these victories. Ideally we should be aiming to know when they are planning these mobilisations and to see them off.

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Stop the EDL in Bournemouth

13 08 2014

Oppose the racist English Defence League in Bournemouth on 23rd August!

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Once again this bizarre right-wing cult threatens one of the most peaceful and diverse communities in the south. Their proposed ‘Bournemouth against the Islamification of Britain’ march is a crude provocation to a section of the population that has been here since before most of them were born. They want to come and cause disharmony within our welcoming multicultural town and we will be there to “Say NO” to their unwelcome and unwanted racism.

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Report of opposition to Fascist gigs around Blackpool’s Rebellion festival

12 08 2014

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re-blogged from Blackpool Anti-Fascists

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For a big punk/Oi! fan like myself the Rebellion Punk Festival that takes place in August every year in my home town is a much looked forward to event. An opportunity for me to enjoy some great bands and spend my time in the company of a few thousand punks and skinheads from all over the UK, Europe and beyond.

As an anti-fascist I’ve always been concerned by the presence of a small minority of extreme right wing boneheads who frequent the festival. Perhaps due to so little opposition to the fascists, in the last few years, the problem has got worse with White Power fringe gigs taking place at venues away from the Winter Gardens and a small increase in the amount of boneheads blatantly displaying T-shirts with Nazi bands or right wing slogans on at the festival itself and around the town. It seems to go largely unnoticed to most people and compared to the amount of T-shirts visible with left wing and Anarchist sentiments on, it almost pales into insignificance. However, this year, as in recent years, people have come under attack with both verbal abuse and physical violence by the boneheads.

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