TUC’s Alec McFadden has police protection after threats

The following story comes from the Liverpool Echo, photos have been added by Liverpool Antifascists.

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A LEADING trade union activist was under police protection after far-right extremists posted threats against his life on a website.Alec McFadden, a prominent member of the TUC and anti-fascist campaigner, said he feared a second attack after being nearly blinded in 2006 by a knife-wielding thug at his Wirral home.

He alerted Merseyside police – who said the threats were “unacceptable” – after discovering a doctored image of himself on the website of the English Defence League’s Merseyside branch.

It used a picture of Mr McFadden taken in Liverpool city centre when BNP leader Nick Griffin was in town.

Mr McFadden, 63, arrived at the BNP gathering in Church Street to join forces with anti-fascist campaigners, but was still holding a placard from an earlier anti-coalition cuts demonstration to coincide with the Lib-Dem conference.

The undoctored placard

But the image was doctored so the placard read “protest against our homecoming troops” rather than “protest against Lib Dem betrayal”.Comments were since posted warning the trade union stalwart he is a “scumbag” and a “marked man”.

Mr McFadden said: “As soon as I saw it, I got onto the police who advised me about security at my home and places of work.

“They surveyed my house and police cars passed every hour.”

The Merseyside EDL could not be contacted.

A police spokesman said: “Threats of this kind are unacceptable.”

Comment: Since this story came out, the EDL Merseyside Division have issued a statement claiming that the image “was all over the Internet on the same day it was taken” and they merely reposted it. As well, they “find no such threats, threatening his life.”

However, the thumbnail above comes from the homepage of Pablo Carpo, the person who signed the statement. His coment, attached to the picture, is as follows;

GET ON THIS CUNT, IN MY FUCKING TOWN, ANYONE SEE’S HIM DROP THE FUCKER PLEASE, YOU HAVE MY FULL SUPPORT. FUCKING SCUMBAG. THE CUNTS NAME IS ALEC MCFADDEN, IS UAF

Clearly, this is not merely anger at what people have seen in the image. Not least because it takes a heavy degree of personal indoctrination not see – immediately – that it is a doctored image. Hence why comments such as “if however the Image has not been doctored we believe that Mr Alec McFadden is breaking the law under section 320 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003: Offence of Outraging Public Decency” are half-baked idiocy.

The EDL’s claims to be peaceful, non-threatening, and to have only one thing on their agenda (i.e. militant Islam) are garbage. Like all fascist groups, it is using lies and aggression to attack the organised workers movement.

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9 Responses to “TUC’s Alec McFadden has police protection after threats”
  1. pablocarpo says:

    Risking getting dragged into a stupid argument with you lot on here.
    How is it that you have come to the conclusion that I doctored any pictures. Which according to you “takes a heavy degree of personal indoctrination not see – immediately – that it is a doctored image.” if that is true why did everyone who has seen it re-act in the same way as myself?
    An just for a follow up, when i spoke to Merseyside Police, during several conversations, no one knew anything about Mr. Mcfadden getting any form of police protection.

    • Phil Dickens says:

      Why is it a stupid argument, Pablo? Because, unlike on the Merseyside EDL Facebook you can’t delete the posts of people you disagree with?

      That photo is doctored. Only an idiot or someone for whom it suited their agenda would fail to see that and yes, if that makes you, everyone on the Merseyside EDL, North West Infidels, and your own Facebook page (not to mention the fascists on Stormfront) idiots with an agenda, so be it. If you didn’t doctor the picture, someone else did, and the only other place I’ve seen it is Stormfront – so is Merseyside EDL’s admin trawling neo-Nazi sites, eh Pablo?

      As for McFadden, I don’t know what he’s doing about this. He isn’t a member of Liverpool Antifascists. But this doesn’t change the fact that a) the picture’s badly doctored, b) you posted it on Facebook saying “GET ON THIS CUNT, IN MY FUCKING TOWN, ANYONE SEE’S HIM DROP THE FUCKER PLEASE, YOU HAVE MY FULL SUPPORT,” and c) you continue to use patriotic and nationalistic totems to deliberately distract from the real issues affecting the working class.

      I await your response to those three points, if you’re capable of making one.

  2. pablocarpo says:

    ha, ok! I did say that, an if the picture is genuinely doctored I apologise for my choice of words, but as I have said it was a reaction, an angry one, I’m not perfect (It does still not amount to death threats). I still cant tell by looking at the image, that it is a doctored. I have never had any dealings with that kind of stuff, so maybe I haven’t got the eye for it, unlike some.
    As for trawling neo-Nazi sites, no mate never have done, I’m not to big on spending hours in front of the computer, never have been. The only reason I came on here was because you had mentioned my name.
    As for the real issues facing the working class, is Islamic Extremism and their sympathisers an issue which affects all classes? I say this as we have had another recent real threat against our country, which would effect all classes.
    I as an individual and as a member of the English Defence League, fully support our troops and oppose Sharia law which has been brought into our country.
    I am sorry if my answers are not up to the standard what you would like, I never had the opportunity to go to university and I have never professed to be anything other than a normal lad. Do my views or my up bringing make me an less entitled to speak out about what I believe to be Issues in our country?

    • Phil Dickens says:

      if the picture is genuinely doctored I apologise for my choice of words

      Can’t say fairer than that, I guess. Good on you for being consistent rather than (as some would have) just going on the attack with rhetoric.

      As for the real issues facing the working class, is Islamic Extremism and their sympathisers an issue which affects all classes?

      Yes and no. Neither I nor Liverpool Antifascists condone Islamic extremism, and we have made that position explicitly clear whenever Choudary et al have ventured beyond the confines of the internet. But that is rare, and their vile doctrine will never gain a foothold here or elsewhere in the West.

      In order to implement a radical change in society, you need to take one of two approaches.

      If that change is compatible with the present organisation, you need to build a broad-based reform movement that will continually pressure those in power until it achieves its goals. As a society built upon Sharia is fundamentally alien to the values of the West – whether you define them as Christianity, secularism, free democracy, or predatory capitalism and the profit of the few at the expense of the many – it could not be achieved by Shariah even if it wasn’t an extreme minority position.

      The second alternative is revolution. However, in order to have a revolution, one needs to build a solid grassroots movement with the potential for galvanising an entire population. Militant Islam in the West, robbed of that initiative by moderate groups, and devoid of popular appeal, is in no position to do any such thing.

      On the other hand, the Conservatives are in power now, and the cuts they’re offering up will have a real, immediate, and lasting effect on working class people. Far beyond any sense of moral outrage. Fascist groups such as the BNP, meanwhile, have potential to push their reactionary agendas forward in ways that the Islamists could only dream of.

      That’s why I put my energy into this rather than into Islamic extremism.

      I fully support our troops and oppose Sharia law

      I oppose Sharia law too. But the EDL’s tactics alienate Muslims, allowing the extremists to lure more of them over with lies. If your opposition is borne of a genuine belief in freedom and equality, rather than nationalism, then “One Law for All” (which many leftists such as Peter Tatchell support) would be a far more productive outlet.

      As for the troops, what does it mean to support them? I don’t oppose them – they’re ordinary people, like us, who have to sell their labour to make a living. It’s just that their particular buyer is the military, rather than Sainsbury’s, Barclays, or Exxon Mobil, for example.

      But a lot of people are against the illegal wars the state sends soldiers into, and the slogan “Support Our Troops” was invented as a distraction from that. If Barclays started saying “Support Our Desk Clerks” when people complained about extortionate charges, you’d know it was pure propaganda, and that to equate opposing a company’s practices with hating their workers is absurd. So why can nobody see that with the military?

      It’s no coincidence that Armed Forces Day was invented as the war in Afghanistan got more unpopular. It’s not about the troops, it’s about the state using them to deflect criticism as it sends them to die.

      Do my views or my up bringing make me an less entitled to speak out about what I believe to be Issues in our country?

      No, of course not. I was just wondering about the logic behind those views, as I hold a different opinion. And I’m glad you’re engaging in debate, rather than simply using rhetoric and buzz-words such as “commie,” “red,” “traitor,” etc.

  3. Paul says:

    I’ll tell you what gets on my tits about antifacists, shall i? For a start, you here the Edl are planning a demonstration in whichever city to oppose the rise of islamic extremism in this country, and Sharia’h law being allowed to be practised in over 100 courts, and you put the word out and mobilise hundreds of supporters from numerous left wing groups to oppose us and trying to stop us holding a lawfull protest, with properganda about the Edl being nazi’s, racists and just out for violence. Since when has muslim been one race of people, the last time i looked muslims come from all races. I accept muslims are predominately Pakistani, but Muslim’s are not drawn from one race, so the race card falls flat. The left wing are always making a big show of fighting for the rights of workers and the rights of citizens to hold protests, but when the Edl want to hold a protest you think that right should be taken away from them. Double standards me thinks. Wether there’s views are abhorent to you, everyone should have the right to hold a lawfull protest, wether you agree with their views are not. Muslim radicals can hold demonstrations up and down the country, one being Birmingham last week, and the views of said radicals of their view of Islam go against everything the left holds as their view which a society should live, you think you’s would be on the streets protesting against them also, as Islam is ultimately a facist ideoligy. Not once has the left wing protest groups ever counter demonstrated against muslim extremists holding protests in this country, not once. British citizens hold protests against said extremists, and you’re out in force frothing at the mouth. You say you’re against the radical islamists views, but you choose to fight the bnp instead, which is utter bollocks, as left wing groups have been seen time and time agian standing with islamic extremists while they protest against the Edl, waving Pakistani flags and blag flags of jihad, people from faith groups standing next to radicals who are carrying banners with All is the greatest on it. You spread properganda about how the Edl members are all violent neo nazi’s while all the while left wing groups try to attack them, and openly brag about it on left wing forums and websites. YOur happy to accept donations from the three main political parties in this country, then openly protest their policies, how ironic. The double standards that come from left wing groups in this country is laughable. No matter how much you dislike the Edl’s views, they should be allowed to hold peacefull protests in their own country. You can’t say you fight for the right’s of the working classes to hold peacefull protests only if they fall in line with what you believe in.

    • Phil Dickens says:

      “The left wing are always making a big show of fighting for the rights of workers and the rights of citizens to hold protests, but when the Edl want to hold a protest you think that right should be taken away from them.”

      I think you’ll find that, although Hope not Hate often campaign for state bans on EDL and fascist events, Liverpool Antifascists argued against that. We oppose the EDL, but we believe in using our own right to protest to challenge you, rather than getting the state to ban you.

      The right to protest does not mean the right to protest unopposed.

      “Not once has the left wing protest groups ever counter demonstrated against muslim extremists holding protests in this country, not once.”

      Actually, Antifa’s first demonstration was called against both the National Front and Al Muhajiroun. But, of course, the Islamists chickened out and never turned up. And the left called for opposition to Anjem Choudary’s March for Shariah and March through Wootten Bassett. But, on both occasions, the Islamists never turned up.

      They will turn out when it’s unannounced, but not when there’s time to mobilise protests, because they’re cowards. But what does holding lots of static demos that descend into violence (and not because of UAF – EDL turn on their own people when lacking other opponents) do about Islam or Sharia? Nothing.

      “YOur happy to accept donations from the three main political parties in this country, then openly protest their policies, how ironic.”

      Liverpool Antifascists is autonomous, self-organised, and self-sufficient. We get our money through fundraisers, not from the state.

      Nice try. Next time, criticise us rather than a strawman version of us you’ve constructed to make the EDL’s bullshit easier to swallow.

  4. Paul says:

    *Allah is the greatest, not All, and i after i’ve read over my comment i’ve realised i’ve used the word here, when it should of been hear, jnust incase you thought attacking my spelling of certian words would make you sound a lot clever than me.

    • Phil Dickens says:

      Couldn’t care less about your spelling, mate. Don’t presume that the actiities of internet trolls equates to the behaviour of everyone who’s anti-fascist.

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