Liverpool Antifascists picket Quiggins Attique

Today was the Infidels of Britain’s nationwide day of “direct action.” In Liverpool, we were promised that the Scouse Infidels would be “busy bodies,” and they even had a special National Front “Vote Quiggins” banner for the occasion. In reality, Liverpool Antifascists got the drop on the far-right, who were nowhere to be seen in the city when it came to it.

In the morning, around 20 anti-fascists headed to Quiggins Attique on Aigburth Road. This is of course the shop owned by NF mayoral candidate Peter Tierney. We arrived at about 10am, with the shop due to open at 10.30, to unfurl our banner in front of the shop and begin handing out leaflets. The leaflets were about the mayoral elections generally and all three fascist candidates, but we did have posters (PDF) which underlined Tierney’s standing as a convicted, violent thug, and pointed out to those who took our leaflets exactly what the man was capable of.

Whilst we were there, the response we received from the public was almost universally positive. People took our leaflets, stopped to talk to us about fascism and offer us their thanks and support. The only exceptions were one racist old man who said he would vote for Tierney “if he’ll send the coloureds back,” and the man who lived above the shop.

He came out with a big dog on a leash and whirling a chain. He was clearly in the mood for a confrontation, though wide-eyed and clearly put out when nobody backed away from him. He accused us of kicking a door in, which was self-evidently false as no doors in the area had been kicked in, before declaring that he wasn’t part of anything. He quickly belied that, however, when he tried to threaten a female anti-fascist who gave him short shrift before he disappeared.

Throughout all this, Tierney remained inside the shop. He had been seen entering by the first comrades on the scene, and it was noted that he appeared to recognise at least one of them. After that, we heard nothing from him and the shutters remained down long after the scheduled opening time.

Our picket continued until midday, with leaflets dropped through letterboxes on the neighbouring streets as well as distributed to largely receptive passers-by. We then called it a day and packed up, to head into town with the expectation that the Infidels – who had failed to show in support of the man they’d had a banner made for – would be turning up at some point for their big day out.

Our scouts report that Tierney’s shop remained closed for well over an hour after the picket ended, only finally being seen open at 2pm. The wild-eyed upstairs neighbour, “nothing to do with all that,” was stood outside with his dog and his chain.

In the City Centre, we met up with anti-fascists who had been taking part in action under another banner. In Childwall, a fifty-strong counter demonstration against anti-abortion zealots was running concurrently with the picket. This, too, was highly successful and everyone was on a high when we reached town. However, the afternoon would be a chilled out one since it emerged that the Infidels had been bussed out to support a demo elsewhere in the North West.

Today underlines, yet again, that there is a world of difference between where the fascists are and where they think they are. The Infidels are the most radical of the active nationalist groups right now, having adopted anarchist tactics such as occupations and banner drops. They have also given a new lease of life to the National Front, formerly dead on its feet and not worth mentioning. But their “big” turnouts still require bussing loads of people in from across the country and – without a populist cause to exploit like paedophiles or “the IRA” – even that is often inadequate.

Not that anti-fascists should be complacent. February 18 happened because we dropped the ball, and subsequent victories were down to actively mobilising people and raising awareness of the physical threat the far-right potentially pose. As the struggle against fascism goes on, we need to keep mobilising people and getting feet on the street otherwise this trend will not continue.

Today was an unqualified victory, and all who took part should be proud. The task now is to continue to build our numbers, and a movement capable of waging effective direct action against the fascists time and time again. As Antifa once said,”we have already shown on numerous occasions that a relatively small number of dedicated antifascists can score decisive victories. Most of our actions and activities go unreported, but the fascists know and fear us. Imagine what a difference it would make if there were thousands of us.”

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28 Responses to “Liverpool Antifascists picket Quiggins Attique”
  1. Peter says:

    People should be encouraged to take part in the democratic process. Not vilified and dehumanised for doing so. It’s wrong. Please stop it. Why don’t you stand for election?

    The people will decide.

    Why are the people, in the picture, wearing masks? Are they ashamed? What are they afraid of.

    I don’t think you should link the Liver Bird with that vile Swastika.

    For most of my working life I voted Labour. I thought I had something in common with people like yourselves, I was wrong. We haven’t. I believe in democracy and will not be voting Labour ever again.

    PS I won’t be voting NF either. I never have and never will.

    • Phil Dickens says:

      Dehumanised? Come off it. We stood outside his shop, gave out leaflets, and told people what he was like.

      There are many reasons that I won’t stand for election. None of them negate that Tierney is a violent fascist thug with a conviction for attacking an opponent, or that without opposition the far-right only grow more confident and more dangerous.

      Personally, I couldn’t care less whether you vote Labour as LiverAF has no connection to that (or any other) party.

      • DS says:

        Do you believe that the uncontrolled immigration we currently have in this country is a good idea? No need for semantics, a simple yes or no will suffice.

        • Phil Dickens says:

          Semantics? We don’t have uncontrolled immigration in this country.

          What does this have to do with whether or not Peter Tierney is a violent fascist, anyway?

  2. Ant says:

    Yet another complete contradiction…antifascist movement? You simply can’t get any more fascist than refusing to allow someone a voice regardless of their views. Wearing masks in threatening manor and distroying someone’s lively hood because YOU disagree with what these people have to say….yep, pretty much fascist!

    You are a disgrace to the world socialism, and I’m ashamed to have supported this cause.

    Joe Anderson just lost my vote as well. You say they have nothing to do with this. Absolutely rubbish! Of course they have!

    I will continue to fight in the best way possible…by being intelligent enough to articulate myself so well that they don’t have a chance…..NOT by being fascist thugs like this.

    “Be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi

    • Phil Dickens says:

      You’re intelligent enough to articulate not very much at all. Especially if you’re equating world socialism and Joe Anderson, for fuck’s sake.

      You know what fascism is? It’s a specific ideology built on authoritarian nationalism, economic corporatism and (especially in the Nazi guise) often with racial scapegoating and racism built in. The National Front are fascist. Peacefully picketing a shop isn’t.

      You’re either a really shit fash troll or a really, painfully wet liberal. Either way, you’re an idiot.

  3. Ant says:

    Fascists commonly utilize paramilitary organizations for violence against opponents or to overthrow a political system (that would be you) Fascism promotes political violence and war, as forms of direct action (that would be the parties your not protesting against) fascism opposes Bolshevism, both Bolshevism and fascism hold significant ideological similarities: both advocate a revolutionary ideology, both believe in the necessity of a vanguard elite, both have disdain for bourgeois values, and both have totalitarian ambitions.

    I won’t stoop to your level of swearing and calling names to get my point across.

    Education is what people need, not a group of people with masks and hoodies…looking like a bunch of thugs, thrusting leaflets upon them.

    P.s typo in fist text. Word socialism, not world socialism. joe Anderson has everything to do with, after all him and Louise Ellman are funding you aren’t they?

  4. Ant says:

    The more you talk about stuff like BNP and NF in the way you do, (which generates fear and anxiety in the general population), the more you support the system of control over us all. So long as these people don’t actually physically hurt anyone, let them have their say, we are supposed to have free speech after all, or would you campaign against that, then when they’ve spoken, if you don’t like what they’ve said, stand up yourself and say so, hey, even give your own opinion…. radical idea I know. I was at a talk the other night and many people were complaining that the 12 candidates for the Mayoral elections were all white males and 4 of them from the far right! All I could think was, if you’re that bothered, why didn’t you stand yourself? A very wise friend of mine once said, “Be very careful when you point your finger at someone else, as there are always 3 pointing back at you”.

    • h says:

      You really dont have a clue, do you?

      As for “allowed their views so long as they dont hurt anyone” – do you not see how spreading fascist ideas and organising fascist groups is inevitably going to end with them hurting people?

      • Goat777Face says:

        Well, people are free to decide what they believe. Who are you to anathematise people’s views?
        If they are spreading, it is because people agree with those ideas.
        Frankly, I do not think they are spreading, and that there is no threat from the far-right. Government is for the wealthy, and the NF are not the wealthy.
        All liverAF and the NF/BNP/NWI do is egg eachother on, while the VAST majority of people don’t even know they exist. It’s a game, and you’re roleplaying with a good guy/bad guy dichotomy which doesn’t exist in the real world. Not everything is so black and white.

  5. riotsarah says:

    My vote is its the same person, and a shit fash troll at that. Good work, comrades.

    • Ant says:

      Are you suggesting that everyone but yourself doesn’t have a clue and therefore can’t possibly be left alone with any of these people for fear of also becoming right wing fascists? How patronising that you feel they can’t be allowed to talk because we’re all too stupid to form our own opinion. Shit fash troll….I’m guessing you have no idea of the real world Sarah. Or should I say “riot” Sarah. Really intelligent.

      Communism is “not a state of the future, but the real movement which destroys the existing state of being.”.

      Go educate yourselves, live in the real world and start doing something constructive to help people. You, Sarah and the other 15 people lol

      Marxist thugs.

      • Ant says:

        “Any man who has not become a Marxist by the time he is 20 doen’t have a heart. And if he is still a Marxist at the age of 40, he doesn’t have a brain!!”

        I’m 63 now. Come back to me when you’ve all grown up and understand the world.

      • Phil Dickens says:

        How patronising that you feel they can’t be allowed to talk because we’re all too stupid to form our own opinion.

        Yeah, cause you being able to form an opinion is the issue. Not the fact that they use their platforms to organise mobs on the streets who attack the left, the organised working class and ethnic minorities. Not at all. This is definitely not an issue of the class defending itself, and it is definitely an issue of us thinking that if you hear them speak you’ll instantly start seig heiling.

        Go educate yourselves, live in the real world and start doing something constructive to help people.

        What, like organise workers? Take direct action against workfare? Campaign for improvements in the conditions of the working class? Fight fascism? AND hold down a full time job?

        What’s your contribution to the world again?

        Marxist thugs.

        Hahahaha. There are only two kinds of people who can think a peaceful picket of a shop owned by a violent fascist with a conviction for ABH amounts to “thuggery.” (MARXIST thuggery at that!) Fascists and really, really deluded liberals.

        • Ant says:

          So in relation to the first point. Your saying that freedom of speach should be taken away, and people should not be allowed to form an opinion and only think the way YOU want them to think? Do you not see how fucking ironic you’re being!

          While your focusing on this small minority of fascist right winged idiots, your taking the focus away from the other parties who are slaughtering innocent Muslims across the world, bombing the shit out of everyone to gain control….YOU my comrade are their pawns. You keep thinking your doing good, and they’ll keep rubbing their hands together with glee!

          I promise with all my heart that you will sob one day when you realise just how much of a part you played in supporting a system that does the exact opposite of what you’re fighting for.

          I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.

          “We live in a world in which people are censured, demoted, imprisoned, beheaded, simply because they have opened their mouths, flapped their lips, and vibrated some air. Yes, those vibrations can make us feel sad or stupid or alienated. Tough shit. That’s the price of admission to the marketplace of ideas. Hateful, blasphemous, prejudiced, vulgar, rude, or ignorant remarks are the music of a free society, and the relentless patter of idiots is how we know we’re in one. When all the words in our public conversation are fair, good, and true, it’s time to make a run for the fence.”

          Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself.  It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.

          • Phil Dickens says:

            We’re going around in circles here. You have blinkers on and are actively ignoring the whole point that FASCISTS USE THEIR PLATFORM TO INCITE AND ORGANISE VIOLENCE.

            Nobody, AT ANY POINT EVER, argued that in the name of anti-fascism “freedom of speach should be taken away, and people should not be allowed to form an opinion and only think the way YOU want them to think.” Cause THAT’S NOT WHAT WE’RE FUCKING DOING. In fact, events such as pickets like this are the perfect place to inform people, put forward opinions and make the arguments against fascism. That’s why you’ll usually see people with leaflets and engaging in conversation with the public at such things.

            Anti-fascists don’t have the power to stop fascists having opinions. We don’t have the power to get the state to censor them or proscribe them. Nor would we want to, because such censorship would be visited upon us – the left and organised working class – first. What we do have the power to do, is to take direct action in order to hinder fascists’ efforts at organising.

            That’s the key word here. Organising. You know what they do when organised? They attack people, they intimidate people, and they act to shut down the space in which we can organise, to fight “the other parties who are slaughtering innocent Muslims across the world, bombing the shit out of everyone to gain control.” We can’t do that if our meetings are attacked, our marches disrupted and our events faced with physical violence. And, to underline the fucking point again, THAT’S WHAT FASCISTS DO WHEN THEY HAVE A PLATFORM TO ORGANISE.

            Even without power, without the most obvious examples of Hitler, Franco and Mussolini, there are plenty of examples – from Moseley’s blackshirts to neo-Nazi gangs in Germany, Greece and Russia. Would you like Antifa there to stop fighting the boneheads so you can disarm them with reason as they stamp on your fucking liberal face?

  6. ciaran says:

    Good work bhoys from Belfast AFA…

  7. Ant says:

    “events such as pickets like this are the perfect place to inform people, put forward opinions and make the arguments against fascism. That’s why you’ll usually see people with leaflets and engaging in conversation with the public at such things”. How much engaging do you manage to do with masks and hoodies?

    You just don’t get it do you…you’re such a bad example. How can you be spreading the word when you all look like a bunch of right winged thugs!

    • Phil Dickens says:

      Actually, most people weren’t wearing masks aside from when posing for the photo. (And even then most aren’t wearing one.) I never wore one all day and managed to engage lots. Thanks for the friendly advice, though!

  8. D says:

    Good work, cutting off his funds so he cant campaign, simple but effective. Lots of respect to the Liverpool, Antifascists for bouncing back following the debacle that was the Republican march a few months ago.

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