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!!
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.
Sunderland Anti Fascist Experience
There have been impressive mobilisations in Sunderland recently, due to popular pressure and not any ‘organisers’, but we are concerned with on-going issues in the anti-fascist movement. After respectable mobilisations, intelligence gathered by an anarchist comrade gave us early warning of an approaching NF demo. Despite this, the NF was allowed to stand unopposed and the fascists were gifted an easy win. No call-out was made, because the ‘official’ organisation (ie. a mailing list) disparaged the source of the information and decided unilaterally that it wasn’t worth mobilising. Later, the organiser who was responsible for inaction, explained on Facebook that “they and the movement” were tired, “3 mobilisations would be too much”. Now, we’ve scoured Lenin and have found no such excuse ever used by that revolutionary leader. In 1905 or October 1917 they didn’t say “hang on a minute chaps, this is getting just too much”.
This is political expediency comrades; highlighting the problem with somebody who regards the organisation and that which he participates in as his personal fiefdom. Centralised, hierarchical methods of organisation are old fashioned, but worse they are useless today – all around the world & in the UK the new movements use assemblies (open democratic councils) and occupy as their watchwords. In the Sunderland case, somebodies personal hatred of anarchism and then inaction because they don’t want to work with anarchists and wanted to isolate them, was able to block the creation of a more successful anti-fascist mobilisation.
Talk with us, not at us
Thus, for a real broad front meeting, agendas, strategies, tactics, decision making and mobilisation must be made in effective open meetings which everybody has a chance to participate in. We are not naive; we do not want an organisational structure that can be manipulated for liberal or party political goals. We are interested in effective mobilisations of the movement as a whole to combat fascism.
Is it too much to expect that participant groups look at organisation and organisational efforts in terms of how effective it is in struggles on the ground, in the streets in terms of mobilising, involving and engaging large numbers of ‘ordinary’ people rather than the usual suspects? So, the ability to call an event must be to progress the entire struggle, to mobilise more effectively, and to improve the movement in general. That means those in control of calling a protest, or not, has to account to the movement for their decisions, and they should be removable using instant recall to an open assembly. We will not tolerate further failures, and neither should anybody else.
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
We agree that there is a need for unity – but unity is not a one way street where social democrats and or other Trots (see Lenin at the end of this document) demand unity as a one way street. After they arrogantly make mistakes or do things badly, and are not working for the good in creating effective mobilisations at short notice, a prerequisite of a new independent working class anti-fascist movement.
Clearly there are a broad range of political tendencies within the anti-fascist movement, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t be reflected in our organisation & actions. The idea of supressing, marginalising, manipulating, and ignoring political differences in the name of ‘unity’ is foolish because it limits options, doesn’t involve new social groups, and is predictable and routine. Well-meaning at best, run by charlatans at worst, but worse still, it is not effective.
The largest single grouping at the meeting on Spetember 25th was anarchists; we have the zeitgeist and energy to take the movement forward. All those serious about working class progress should take heed and join in with efforts to create a new independent movement. Any organisation should be flexible enough to include a broad range of tendencies and not get frustrated and spit their dummy out when they cannot get their own (and organisations) way.
Then we can have a grown up cooperative approach where tactical differences can either be accommodated, or tolerated, without slandering genuine attempts at effective political protest and actions. What matters is effective cooperation of all the political tendencies without prejudice in order to create a situation where working peoples can trust mobilisations without being put off by attempts at leadership by 1 group. This is because it is clear that the working class does not listen to any single left group, and so obviously new approaches must be attempted. Capitalism is dynamic; our political forms must be dynamic too.
We are not asking authoritarians to ‘repent and change their ways’, we do want an organisationally level playing field in which the entire aim is to progress the struggles and not just to mindlessly dominate for dominations sake, with coalition mobilisation using stale and routine formulas with only tenuous connections to the class (Labour party and Trade union = mobilisation), or as a conduit into the party…