Report: October 13th – We Go Where We Want

15 10 2018

by London Antifascists

There’s no doubt about it, #stopdfla was a good day out for anti-fascists, and an absolutely terrible showing for the Democratic Football Lads’ Alliance. Over 1000 militant antifascists from a broad coalition of groups mobilised for a vibrant, proudly anti-fascist unity demonstration which didn’t allow the police or the fascists to set its agenda. It went, for the most part, where it wanted. The addition of another 500-800 participants on a Stand Up To Racism rally in Old Palace Yard meant that, for the first time in London in 2018, anti-fascists outmatched what the far right were able to pull onto the street. The Unity demo’s call out was for Portland Place at 12pm, and ten minutes after noon the numbers of anti-fascist protesters, ranging from seasoned to newly recruited activists, was quickly growing. Soon afterwards, a large and dynamic contingent of women and non-binary anti-fascists approached the meet up point to join the Anti-Fascist Network grouping, and our numbers swelled. Anticipation among the crowds grew, and despite intel suggesting a potential risk of the demo being attacked by fascist hoolies at the meet up point, everyone assembled safely. We’re confident if they did happen to be in the area they’d have taken one look at our numbers, how organised our blocs were, and thought better of it.

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All out against the far-right DFLA on Saturday 13th!

9 10 2018

UNITY DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE DFLA – SATURDAY 13th OCTOBER

12:00, BBC BROADCASTING CENTRE, PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON

As you may have already heard, Tommy Robinson’s footsoldiers, the ‘Democratic Football Lads Alliance’, otherwise known as the EDL Mk2, are planning on marching in London this Saturday 13th October. The DFLA have formed the backbone and the main numbers on the streets for all the recent hate-filled Islamophobic ‘Free Tommy’ protests, including the demo back in July where RMT trade unionists got attacked in the pub and a female Muslim bus driver was surrounded and taunted.

The DFLA have attracted all the elements of the old far-right – at their most recent demo in Sunderland they marched with EDL and BNP members as well as members of banned neo-Nazi terror group National Action. The DFLA includes members convicted of racist and far-right violence. They are happy associating with white supremacist groups like Generation Identity and their leaders hang out with with Ulster Loyalist terrorists and post Nazi propaganda online.

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5 ways to be an ace Antifa

22 09 2018

By Berkshire Antifascists

The DFLA are coming to London on October 13th. Wanna know you can help out and be a proper-good-Antifa? Well now that Antifa has become an SEO friendly term, you can’t move for thinkpieces and blog posts. We thought we’d join in with our very own listicle. We’re like, totally top content-creator millenials too, you know.

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UPDATE on anti-Tommy Robinson demo, Sat 14th July

10 07 2018

Facebook event

Four days to go until our opposition to the next ‘Free Tommy’ anti-Muslim hatefest in central London.

We will be meeting at 1pm at the International Brigades Memorial in Jubilee Gardens on the south bank of the river and will march from there.

In case you missed the news, the racist far-right are mobilising around a campaign to free Tommy Robinson, the notorious Muslim-hating ex-head of the EDL, sent to prison for interfering with a grooming gang court case. Their last demonstration in London brought 10,000 violent bigots on to the streets, screaming anti-Muslim abuse, threatening and attacking people. This was the largest far-right demo in Britain since the 1930s.

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Posters and flyers to download for anti-Tommy Robinson demo on July 14th

27 06 2018

We need to spread the word and get feet on the streets against the far-right ‘Free Tommy’ demo in London on July 14th. Facebook event here

To get you started, here’s some downloadable posters and flyers.

Let us know what you do with them and any issues or thoughts.

Click on the images to download print-ready PDFs. Stick it through a photocopier and bob’s your uncle!

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Stop Trump on July 13th – Stop Tommy on the 14th!

27 06 2018

The far-right are coming back to London on Saturday July 14th. Last time they brought 10,000 racists on to the streets united by their hatred of Muslims. They are bringing together all the disparate factions of far-right under the ‘Free Tommy’ banner, campaigning for release of EDL founder and ex-BNP member Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who got himself imprisoned for being a serial disrupter of important criminal trials.

They are also going to form a large ‘pro-Trump’ rally just one day after the massive anti-Trump protests on the 13th.

All the same figureheads of the alt-right who backed Trump and brought him to power are now backing Tommy Robinson – Steve Bannon, Breitbart, Milo Yiannopoulos, the Proud Boys, Info Wars. Trump’s Republicans have even raised the bogus ‘Free Tommy’ issue in the Senate. They are trying to build a Trumpian alt-right in the UK. It is essential that all anti-racists and anti-fascists try and come together to oppose this new far-right threat.

We call on all anti-racists to protest Trump on the 13th and to join us in opposing the ‘Free Tommy’ mob on Sat 14th.

Our counter-mobilisation event is here. More details will be released nearer the time.

Spread the word.





The far-right threat is getting more dangerous. We need to act.

14 06 2018

originally posted on While Rome Burns

So… Saturday.

10,000 far-right racists take over Whitehall and Trafalgar Square yelling anti-Muslim hate, pulling Nazi salutes and screaming the name of Tommy Robinson. They assault journalists, attempt to attack anti-fascists and try to break through the gates of Downing Street. They take over and trash a sightseeing bus, forcing driver and passengers to abandon it. They force back the cops, chucking bottles, traffic cones and street barriers, and then roam uncontrolled, chanting racist slogans from the EDL days. They are addressed by a series of celebrity Islamophobes. Speaker after speaker openly incites hatred against Muslims to the delight of the cheering crowds.

The opposition was minimal. A small counter demo of about 200-300 people down the other end of Whitehall. Those who joined it deserve all credit for being there. They were under fairly serious threat of being attacked by breakaway mobs from the main demo.

This was the largest far-right demo in the UK since the Second World War. More than triple the size of any EDL demo that ever happened. Twice as big as the “Day for Freedom” only a month ago.

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Bashing’s back: Do something about it.

11 06 2018
By Berkshire Antifascists
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It’s a really tense time for Muslims. In June last year, during Taraveh prayers (part of Ramadhan), there was a fatal attack against Muslims praying at Finsbury Park mosque. This weekend in Leeds, a mosque and Gurdwara were subject to an arson attack after a Free Tommy march. The incidents are too many to name, but the fear in the community is real. While Muslims look at the final stretch before Eid, we need to be actively supporting them and confronting a fascism that bought up to 10,000 people out in London this Saturday gone.

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Effective mass mobilisation for Anti-Fascists

22 05 2018

Mass mobilisation is far from the only trick in the anti-fascist book. This isn’t an argument against squaddism, local electoral politics, media exposés or anything else in the anti-fascist toolbox. However, it is an important tactic, and it’s important to get it right.

Mass demonstrations, whether marches or statics, have historically been important to fascist movements in much the same way as they are useful to the Left. They provide a sense of solidarity and a feeling of a job well done, meaning that participants go home feeling part of a broader movement and willing to put that bit more effort into day to day political activity.

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Anti-Fascists oppose Tommy Robinson and the DFLA’s Day for Freedom/Bigotry

8 05 2018

Anti-fascists used a variety of different tactics to oppose Tommy Robinson’s “Day for Freedom” on Sunday.

About 300 people from the AFN and Stand up to Racism demonstrated in Whitehall making sure there was a visible public opposition to the far-right demo. Some of Tommy’s “free-speech” loving crowd tried more than once to attack the anti-fascist demonstration. They were repulsed by the combined efforts of anti-fascists.

 

 

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