Next Weekend’s Anti Fascist Mobilizations

17 08 2014


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.


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

Israel had been struggling with its mass murdering until the arrival of super-underpants-EDL man

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!


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


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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Batley anti-EDL demo report

10 08 2014


A small but determined group of anti fascists turned up to oppose about 300 EDLers marching in Batley on Saturday 9th August.

A few of the EDL had a street stall in the market square while the rest gathered in their pub five minutes away. The Anti Fascist Network presence demonstrated at the entrance to the square until the police forced our group away as the EDL march approached.

Anti fascists held a banner as the English and Israeli flags gathered for speeches before the fash got on coaches to get drunk in Leeds.

Autonomous antifascists then caught up with those at the UAF We Are Batley event. Local Batley residents also confronted the EDL independently, though the police stopped some of them from holding a Palestinian flag.

Meanwhile, in Portsmouth, 15 EDL members turned up to shout at a demo in support of Gaza.

The EDL is not dead yet. Anti fascists everywhere need to get out and get active to confront racism on the streets. Why not come to the next event?

*Next up is opposing the EDL’s even nastier Scottish clones the SDL in Edinburgh on August 23rd and then the EDL’s return to Colchester on September 6th

*Support Leeds AFN who mobilised for Batley by coming to their benefit gig on August 16th





Oppose the EDL in Batley this Sat 9th – Latest details

7 08 2014


AFN call-out: meet at Batley Town Hall WF17 5DA, 11.30, Saturday 9th August

Facebook event

For more detailed info on the demo see our previous post.

EDL hate-mongers

The EDL are having a national demo in Batley, West Yorkshire this Saturday and as always anti-fascists will be there to oppose their racist hate-mongering.

Batley is a small (about 10 min walk from one end to the other) working class town with a large Asian Muslim population. The pretext for the EDL’s demo is plans for a new Muslim faith school in the town.

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Stop the EDL in Batley Saturday August 9th

29 07 2014


Saturday 9th August, 11.30, Batley Town Hall

Facebook event

On Saturday 9th August join Leeds Anti-Fascist Network, Sheffield Anti-Fascist Network and other groups from the Anti-Fascist Network in opposing the EDL in Batley, West Yorkshire. Anti-fascists have been out distributing thousands of leaflets door to door in Batley and talking to local people, putting in the groundwork fro a successful local mobilisation.

Leeds Anti-Fascist Network write:

On Saturday 9th August the racist English Defence League (EDL) will be demonstrating against the creation of an Islamic faith school in Batley. We believe this is an attempt by the EDL stir up animosity between communities in order to build support for their message of hatred and racial division. We will be opposing the EDL on the 9th August.

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