The so called ‘Sunderland Defence League’ plan to disrupt a meeting at The Murray Library Lecture Theatre, Sunderland University on the 11th March, 6pm-9pm.
David Irving is a leading Holocaust denier that once said that more people died in the back of Kennedy’s car then they did in that gas chamber.
More info on him can be found all over the internet.
His revisionist lies must not be tolerated anywhere in the world, we call on all anti-fascist to join us in Newcastle to give him the welcome he deserves!
More info on the protest will be released nearer the time so please book mark this page and check for updates
ALERTA ALERTA!! Antifascista!!
WELL folks the EDL are going out to Newcastle again for a meet and greet. The last campaign we started against the Durham Darlington EDL ‘meet and greet’ in the Wheatsheaf pub was successful as the EDL were saying only a couple turned up on their page;
“Well was a good day today and nice to see a few new faces. Hopefully see a few of them new faces on future demos. Nit as many as expected however I think a couple of people might have been worried about the threats of trouble and violence which turned out to be the usual internet shite.”
(Spelling as in the original) – GOOD! There is no room for complacency however, we really must continue to help their organisation & politics crash and burn…
Here’s the details of the new one; “Newcastle Division Meet and Greet Event for NEWCASTLE – English Defence League · By Steve Hewitt and 5 others
Saturday, 6 July 2013
13:00 until 16:00
Pumphreys, 44 Cloth Market City Centre Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EE – (0191) 260 3312 https://www.facebook.com/events/ 170300839809946/ (broken link)
CAMPAIGN letter to pub;
Dear manager at Pumphreys
This is a general enquiry. As a regular customer, I am fearful that your pub is in danger of being identified as a meeting place for right wing extremist groups.
The English Defence League are currently advertising on their web page an event where the meeting place for their activities is your pub. DO you know about it? I would like to seek reassurance from you that you operate within both the letter and the spirit of Equality legislation in order to provide venues where customers from all walks of life can feel safe to enjoy their excellent menu and selection of fine ales, as well as immediately surrounding your venue.
To this effect I would like you to confirm what your company policy is on the following issues;
The use of discriminatory language or that which is likely to inflame hatred relating to age, disability, gender, faith, race or sexual orientation by customers.
The display of banners or flags that are likely to incite hate crimes on your premises or around it.
The pub name being used in the advertising of meetings for extreme right wing activities.
I do hope to continue to use the pub as you offer a good customer experience but I am concerned that those visiting your premises will have a bad impression, and that I and other customers will feel threatened by such gatherings. Many organisations have equal opportunities policies and they also look unfavourably at others who do not practice them, and they also give business elsewhere by avoiding companies & venues which do not practice them.
I look forward to your reply.
After today’s incident in South London, we can expect the whipping up of tension and recruits heading to the fascists and a further ratcheting of UK politics in an authoritarian right wing direction. Without being at all alarmist, we need to recognise that a change in the situation has occurred. Its incumbent on all of us to reconsider our political commitment – to community and workplace organising, to anti-capitalist politics and to fighting despair with hope and vision. We need also re-commit to anti-fascism and the pressing need to combat those who blame scapegoats and minorities rather than the boss class for the social crisis. We need people on the militant anti-fascist mobilisation on Saturday this Newcastle and we need some serious thinking and commitment to building effective opposition from our side. No Pasaran!
iALERTA! iALERTA! iANTIFASCISTA!
Regarding Newcastle May 25th; It is fair to say that determined anti fascists have been smeared and otherwise been treated badly by an embarrassing Labour/UAF/SWP fools alliance in Newcastle Unites.
Our main point is their contradiction, they bang on about UNITY but in practice doing everything that prevents that possibility actually happening.
They say they want a peaceful event to encourage families along, old people and children. They do this by creating an event that has no anti fascist content in terms of acting against fascists. Fine. BUT they have no right to chant ‘whose streets our streets’, ‘EDL off our streets’ etc. since they have no intention of doing so. Will they be leaving the ‘smash the edl’ placards at home?
Its funny how the strawman gets wheeled out every time, & violence gets mentioned when what we believe people are suggesting is civil disobedience. Rather than actually talk with us and discuss what are reasonable anti fascist steps to take they have ‘ran to the hills’, circling the wagons, surrounded by injuns (green/cnd/socialist, some Labour members, anarchists and communists have all been banned) who think we should actually DO something.
We think directly heckling them is a good idea and waving our banners so that the fascists can actually see them. Violence is bad Newcastle unites say…unless it’s by cops or their stewards seems to be their point. It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic, that people are so far removed from genuine working class politics that they think grassing is a good idea and one that can build ‘unity’.
Labour Councillor Dipu Ahad has named anti fascist people publically and threatened to give people over to the police – whose side is he on? Its not on the side of genuine anti fascists and anti fascism.
Its my misfortune to note some of the goings on with the ‘Stop the EDL’ demonstration scheduled for next week in Newcastle and the developing climate of red baiting that seems to have emerged. The targets appear as anyone disagreeing with the demo organisers anti-fascist tactics or responding to a series of lies, mistruths and manipulation of the positions of a range of anti-fascists.
I’m sorry to say that SWP comrades have lined up with Labour councillors to attack anyone raising criticism and of threats to exclude militant anti-fascists from the demonstration. The climate of hysteria and falsehood has been quite breathtaking even for someone like myself with several decades of experience in activist politics.
One ‘Gary Duncan’ has been allowed to slander and accuse while myself and others have been excluded from the online event page and comments made deleted. A catalogue of lies and hysteria from Gary borrows heavy from Stalinism and as a number will know – he has form in this department. Accusers labelling respondents as sectarian, against unity and even anti-democratic – its Orwellian stuff.
You will have to take my word for it as they will be unable to read the deleted exchanges for themselves, however my tone was sober and restricted to pointing out that disallowing the answering of accusation made by the organisers themselves (right to reply) is undemocratic. Other (possibly too mild) comments relating to the need for a debate, post demo caused equal mayhem and web links pointing to alternative versions of past events were the final straw.
Some of the hystria was directed at a group called the Revolutionary Communist Group – whose politics I disagree strongly and North East Anarchists, a group with who I align. Some of my comments pointed out to my view of the shortcomings of the current strategy of confronting street fascism pursued by Labour/SWP/Unite Against Fascism, tied up as it is with shouting behind barriers, waving placards and bothering the fascists 0%. An approach, which in my view strengthens the hands of state agencies to determine our activism and our resistance. Most notably the Police.
Militant Anti-Fascism argues that the far right needs to be confronted ideologically and physically, although the split in this is always tactical. Treblinka and Auschwitz stands as a reminder of what happens if Fascism is allowed to grow without effective confrontation.
Slandering anyone holding this view to the point of even allowing participation is a dangerous precedent. The slander was of rent-a-mobs seeking violent disorder, echoing headlines more worthy of the gutter press. Personally, I agree with physically confronting fascism, however we counter it additionally and more importantly by community and workplace organising, by our anti-capitalism and our working class solidarity – points made plainly receiving tirades of crazy hysterical non-argument.
Comrades, I realise that to some people this will seem like more bickering, more division and why can’t everyone just get along? I agree its a sorry state of affairs, however look at Greece, look at the crisis, remember our history and what happens if we get this stuff wrong. The anti-democratic culture evident from this debacle ( once more, you will either have to believe me or think me a crank) shows painfully how too much of the left is maybe scarred by past defeats, bereft of imagination and clinging on to positions in the power structure thinking that this will somehow provide ‘resistance’ or ‘great successes’.
It baulks at anything it cannot control and any meaningful creative bottom up impulse. The failure to face reality, to see things as they really are, to develop winning strategies and routes forwards is a sickness. We need honesty and frank debate and I will stand with anyone Labour, Green, Anarchist, Trotskyist or Union willing to debate the issues in a calm, rational and meaningful way.
Militant anti-fascists will be drawing lessons, appreciative that they form a minority seeking to confront fascism without hands tied behind backs. We need numbers at this demo, we need strategy and the back to basic essentials of independent working class politics, this alongside some honest upfront debate hopefully. Message me privately about future organising.