What does Dover Mean for Antifascists?

14 09 2015

There are already a lot of reports of what happened in Dover on Saturday knocking about, so we’ll keep ours short and sweet, and focus on the analysis. What does Dover mean for the Antifascist Movement in this country?

The day started with a 150-strong bloc of locals and AFN gathering in Pencester Gardens, forming up behind a large “Open the Borders” banner, and marching to occupy the fascists’ RV point at the Castle Inn.

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The AFN bloc forming up.

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Mobilise! Upcoming Antifascist Events

16 03 2015

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This coming weekend sees a whole range of antifascist mobilisations in different parts of the country. See you on the streets!

Friday, March 20th

Bolton

Justice4Bolton, a community group, will be rallying in Victoria Square, Bolton, at 12:30pm on Friday. The group exists to seek justice for the antifascists arrested at a protest against the EDL in 2010. Friday is the 5 year anniversary of that protest.

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AFN Blog Updated!

23 03 2013

Just a quick note to say annoying problems have stopped this blog being updated in the past few weeks. Hopefully all sorted now & service should resume as normal next week.

In the mean time please enjoy this ‘on the buses’  picture of a grown man playing dress up. He’s started a new club called New British Union (NBU)

Got to wonder if the NBU only has one member - He called this photo  'me-003'

Got to wonder if the NBU only has one member – He called this photo ‘me-003’

What really makes this photo great is the expression on the guys face – he means business!!! It’s another lunatic group who are hoping to be led to the fascist promised land by the zombie corpse of Oswald Mosley. You can donate to the cause at his blog: http://newbritishunion.org/  – We expect this post may push the NBU page views into double figures…Or if you’ve got a spare minute hang out with the guys on facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Shirts/446041578784767

Coming back into the year 2013 Manchester ACA have been getting people to send in pictures of  sympathetic graffiti they spot. So the AFN blog is going to completely rip off  the idea – Please send in any graffiti you may have spotted to antifaphotocontest@gmail.com  – We’ll post up the pics late next week, with the best one winning dinner with the chap above at a Nando’s of his choice!

ACA Manchester had this friendly pic sent to them from Stretford.

ACA Manchester had this friendly pic sent to them from Stretford.





SchNEWS write up of Manchester EDL Demo

9 03 2013

MAN DISUNITED UAF and EDL face off in Manchester (repost)

Was it a dead cat bounce? Certainly the presence of around 400 supporters of the English Defence League in Manchester at the weekend shows that although numbers attending the rallies have plummeted since the EDL glory days of 2010-11, on a good day and in the right area the EDL can pull together their splinter groups and still get out the numbers.

SchNEWS travelled up to Manchester to take a look. In many ways the event was a less inspired re-run of the EDL’s last outing in the city in 2009, when at least the league had novelty value. Manchester cops had decided that the frank exchange of opinions between the UAF and the EDL would best happen in a pair of crowd-pens facing each other across a No Man’s Land in Albert Square that were exactly too far apart to throw anything. So all the opposing sides could do was to try and drown each other with their respective sound-systems.

After three hours, the EDL were for the most part shoved onto busses and made their way home. The UAF marched the short distance to Picadilly gardens where the only significant action of the day occurred, as group of jeering EDL hanging around outside a Wetherspoons were driven back inside by a hail of bottles from the feistier elements of the UAF. Loitering autonomous anti-fascists had to make do with some inconsequential scuffling in Picadilly gardens after the march.

Anti-fascists shouldn’t be dispirited – the EDL do well in cities that are big enough for no-one to really feel like they own the town centre. When they try to march through a samller town – such as Norwich, Walthamstow, Bradford or even Brighton – it’s a different story. However it’s clear that despite the relentless online mockery the EDL, though diminished, hasn’t gone away.

Dates for yer anti-fascist diary:

March 9th – Swansea – to celebrate White Pride Worldwide the National Front have picked on this city for a demo. It looks like the counter-protest is gonna be massive. For more see Swansea Antifa on Facebook.

April 21st – Brighton – The EDL splinter group March for England is planning to tarnish the streets of our home-town once more. (Even after last years dismal effort) For more see Stop the March for England