By Bernie McAdam LABOUR'S Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, has issued a call for a new Anti Nazi League “to resist racism and the growth of the far right”. This is in response to recent far right demonstrations in support of the jailed fascist Tommy Robinson organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, DFLA, and also … Continue reading We need a working class antifascist movement
By Svenja Spunck ABOUT 5000 right-wingers rampaged through Chemnitz on Monday, August 27. The march was organised by Nazis and extreme nationalist groups and, coming just a day after a riot by a mob of more than 800 violent neo-Nazis, is a shocking warning signal. They marched through Chemnitz city centre without any challenge from … Continue reading Germany: Right-wing riots in Chemnitz – how can they be stopped?
LAST SATURDAY 2 September a group of us travelled to Keighley to counter-protest the English Defence League’s (EDL) national demonstration. Over 300 police had been bussed in including officers from Wales, Durham and Northumbria to protect just 60 EDL members. The march had originally planned to go to Bradford as well as Keighley, but days … Continue reading Keighley anti-EDL demonstration: Police wrap fascists in cotton wool
By KD Tait In Ukraine, ‘war is peace’. The government air force marked the end of one “ceasefire” and the start of a "peace plan" with the terror bombing of the defenceless village of Kondrashovka. Scraps of unidentifiable charred flesh scattered among burning ruins were all that remained of eight villagers, including three members of one family. … Continue reading Civil war and class war in Ukraine
By Arbeiterinnnenstandpunkt, Austrian section of the League for the Fifth International Every year, the right wing Freedom Party in Austria organises a celebration for the members of the traditionalist, that is right wing, “student fraternities”. This is the “Academics' Ball” at the prestigious Hofburg in Central Vienna. Over the years, it has become a focus for … Continue reading Vienna: 8,000 blockade Fascist celebrations
To the surprise of many, the conservative Greek government has launched a crackdown on the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn. KD Tait looks at the reasons for this and what it means for the working class movement Six MPs and around 30 party activists, including Golden Dawn’s top leader, Nikolaos Michaloliakos and his deputy, have been arrested … Continue reading Golden Dawn: can the Left seize the initiative?
By KD Tait On 7 September, the Metropolitan Police arrested 286 antifascists for venturing away from the police-determined route for a demonstration against the English Defence League in Tower Hamlets. The arrest and detention of the 286 represents a further attack on our already eroded right to protest, and indeed on our human rights. Lawyers … Continue reading Defend the Tower Hamlets 286
KD Tait looks at how the recent antifascist mobilisations in Sheffield reveal the kind of antifascism we need - and the kind we don't. Last weekend, up to 1500 antifascists mobilised against the English Defence League (EDL) who were in Sheffield to lay a wreath at the war memorial to ‘honour’ Lee Rigby, the … Continue reading Sheffield: the right and the wrong way to fight fascism
The British Freedom Party and the English Defence League has announced a merger reports Dan Edwards THE FASCIST English Defence League (EDL) has joined forces with the British Freedom Party (BFP), a party headed by ex-UKIP member Paul Weston and mainly comprised of former BNP members who have jumped from Nick Griffin’s sinking ship. This is … Continue reading EDL join forces with BNP splitters
WHY SHOULD revolutionaries be opposed to calling on the capitalist state to ban fascist marches? Not because we defend the democratic rights of fascists to march through immigrant areas, to terrorise their inhabitants. On the contrary we say there must be no platform for fascism. But to rely on the police or the courts to do … Continue reading Why state bans boomerang on us