National Front thwarted in Swansea

Nazis off our streets! Anti-racist campaigners occupied Castle Square in Swansea on Saturday 5 April to deny the use of the most public open space in Swansea to the racist National Front who had decided to hold a ‘white pride’ event in the city. Around 250 people turned up, many of them coming at short … Continue reading

Walthamstow: death knell for the EDL?

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Brighton hinted at it, Bristol seemed to continue the pattern but today’s misguided outing to the London borough of Walthamstow showed the extent to which the English Defence League is now in a steep downward spiral. This was intended to be a re-run of Tower Hamlets – a mission into darkest Muslamic country to liberate … Continue reading

HOPE not hate secure EDL conviction

This is the moment Steven Crispin, a 23-year old EDL member, fractured the jaw of a Muslim man during an un-policed English Defence League (EDL) march in Dagenham last year. Two brothers, Mohammed and Aftab, were walking near their house in Dagenham when a group of EDL thugs, on an EDL march, attacked them. The … Continue reading

Drunk EDL member head-butted UAF supporter at anti-racist music festival

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A supporter of the English Defence League head-butted one of the group’s opponents during an anti-racism music festival. James Lee Elliott, 20, was drunk when he attacked a member of Leicester Unite Against Fascism during the festival last year. The assault took place during a free music festival called Love Music, Hate Racism in Leicester’s Market Corner … Continue reading

A poor show for the NWI in Bolton

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Today, the North West Infidels went to Bolton. There was a month of hype and build up, especially after the events in Liverpool on February 18, and in the past week threats and tough talk were bandied about on the internet. But ultimately, the demo fell flat on its face. Having been first with the … Continue reading

Opposing the fascists in Liverpool

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Today, national mobilisations of the British National Party, the English Defence League and the Infidels descended on Liverpool. Ostensibly there to draw attention to the trial of a suspected paedophile gang, they were in fact exploiting the case to promote their respective brands of nationalism. Their presence was met with opposition by local anti-fascists. When … Continue reading

Beyond the BNP?

At the start of this month, Nick Lowles of Hope not Hate / Searchlight wrote an essay titled Beyond the BNP, The future of HOPE not hate1. In it, he talks about how the group’s “targets and vision have expanded” in the wake of “some fantastic successes” against the far-right. It reads as a stark revision … Continue reading

BNP day of action drowned out by local opposition

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Thursday saw the BNP’s national day of action in Liverpool. This was to be when they would challenge “corruption and prejudice” against them by the BBC and Question Time, activists pouring in from across the country to make their voice heard. Unfortunately for them, it was not to be. Initially, Liverpool Antifascists members arriving at … Continue reading

The repercussions of a ban on the EDL

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Recently, I made the case yet again against using the state to fight fascism. One key point in this was that by calling on the state to stop a protest taking place because those marching are fascists you set a precedent for them to do so when those marching aren’t fascists. Thus, the only thing … Continue reading

EDL racists march and rally in Luton

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Members of Liverpool Antifascists were among the militant anti-fascist presence in Luton on Saturday. The following two reports come from the Alliance for Workers Liberty website. With the aid of an overwhelming police operation and in the absence of any effective counter-mobilisation, the anti-Muslim racists of the English Defence League marched and rallied through Luton. … Continue reading