Antifascism in the UK: Highlights of 2014

5 01 2015

reblogged from UK Aktion

January 1st 2015

This past year has been a busy one for antifascists in the UK, seeing many successful counter-mobilisations against the far-right, resulting in swathe of victories for antifascists. The year began with a bang when Hungarian fascist party Jobbik attempted to hold a meeting in London in January. Kicking off the year, literally, with direct physical confrontation, multiple tube stations were blockaded whilst militant antifascists chased them around London. Well-aimed boots drove these fascists to retreat and cower in fear in an Indian restaurant, making them think twice about meeting in London again.

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EDL in Slough, Feb 2014

At the beginning of February the EDL attempted to march through the diverse town of Slough. An impressive mobilisation of several hundred antifascists and locals easily outnumbered the EDL, blocking the high street in several places, forcing the local plod to clear the street violently with baton and horse charges. The ensuing scenes recalled to some the London riots of 2011, in the level of physical confrontation with the police. Considering the chaos, antifascist arrests were minimal and two pigs were injured whilst trying to defend the fascists. This was a very successful day for antifascists as the EDL march was outnumbered and disrupted all the way along it’s route.

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Golden Dawn Fascists in London!

1 12 2014

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By Brighton Anti-Fascists

On Saturday, around 30 fascists from several groups including New Dawn (an English Golden Dawn supporters group), NOP England (the ex-pats division of a notorious Polish neo-nazi group) and a few others held a demo in front of the Greek Embassy in London, supposedly in support of jailed members of GD.

Of course, Antifascists were out in force to oppose them, with a demo called by Antifascist Action for Greece (AAfG) and UAF, alongside London Antifascists, London Black Revs, Dywizjon 161, Brighton Antifascists and other autonomous groups.

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Remembering Killah P & London Demo

19 09 2014

London

Yesterday, 18th Sept, was the one year anniversary of the murder of Pavlos Fyssas. Pavlos, also known as Killah P, was an an active antifascist rapper from Athens who was stabbed by Giorgos Roupakias (a member of Greek Neo-Nazi Party Golden Dawn). His death sparked angry demonstrations across Greece and Europe.

Yesterday was called as a day of international solidarity with the Antifascist Struggle, and in remembrance of Killah P. Two local AFN groups held events, London and Brighton.

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Remembering Pavlos Fyssas – this Thursday 18th

16 09 2014

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Thursday 18th September marks one year since the death of Pavlos Fyssas – a Greek metal worker, anti-fascist and hip-hop artist who was knifed to death in the street in Athens by Golden Dawn neo-Nazis as police stood by and watched. His tragic death helped wake up the world to the danger of the Golden Dawn and Europe’s resurgent fascist movements.

Greek anti-fascist movements have called for this Thursday to be a Europe wide day of remembrance for Pavlos. There are events taking place across the continent on the 18th.

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Anti-fascist action this Tuesday (Update)

4 01 2014

This Tuesday sees a couple of late additions to your diary and a couple of opportunities to start the year as we mean to go on – supporting anti-fascists and opposing the racists.

Stop the racist EDL in Bristol!

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On Tuesday the local Bristol EDL have called a demonstration outside a council meeting that is discussing an application to convert the empty Jesters comedy club in Stokes Croft into an Islamic cultural centre. The EDL protest is set for 6pm at College Green outside the Council House. Bristol UAF have called a counter demonstration for 5.30pm.

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Update on Anti-Fascist Events in the New Year

31 12 2013

The EDL have changed the date of their Slough national demo from the 8th February to the 1st. So the national anti-fascist callout made by Berkshire Anti-Fascists has of course also changed.

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Hundreds show solidarity at Greek Embassy London and at demos today in Edinburgh, Derry, Dublin

21 09 2013

There have been demonstrations across Greece and all over Europe since the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by Golden Dawn Nazis in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Over 350 people attended the solidarity demonstration at the Greek Embassy in London today – largely composed of Greeks from various political tendencies (anarchist, Syriza, leftists, KKE and others). A contingent from London Anti-Fascists and South London Anti-Fascists also joined the demo with a “Solidarity with Greek Antifa” banner. The cops initially refused to let people stand on the side of the embassy which was quickly ignored.  Two people were arrested as cops were getting aggressive and unfortunately couldn’t be de-arrested due to the number of police (they were supported at the police station and hopefully will be released by tonight). As the crowds grew the road was taken by hundreds of people as a sound system playing the songs of the murdered anti-fascist was blasted out.

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Greek Embassy 21 Sep 2013

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“Zero tolerance for neo-Nazis” – “The blood of Pavlos flows, revenge calls”