Sunderland 29th March 2014 – North East Infidels, EDL and anti-fascists protest

On the 29th of March 2014 The North East Infidels, EDL and various other far-right groups came together to protest once again in Millfield, Sunderland supposedly against an illegal Mosque.

Though concerned local Anti-Fascists also took action as they thought their intentions were deeper than that and were to create further tensions and divisions within the community itself.

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Anti-fascism – working class, anti-capitalist or it’s useless

Fascism on the street always grows stronger when capitalism is in crisis. We are going through an unprecedented capitalist crisis where attacks are being made on the pay and conditions of working class people all over the country.

Fascism’s traditional role as the boot boys oref capital is clearly being played out again. Attacking and attempting to divide our class into “deserving indigenous” and “scrounging immigrant” people. Fascism must be understood as an anti working class ideology, which whatever it’s own political aims are, is acting in the interests of the bosses.

No to state bans

Liberal anti fascist groups, ones that count Tory MPs and liberal religious figures as their members, have consistently appealed to Theresa May for fascist marches and demos to be banned. We say that we cannot rely on the same racist state that continually blames the capitalist crises on immigrants and the most vulnerable in society. A state that routinely kills black and working class people, like Mark Duggan and Ian Tomlinson cannot be relied on to tackle fascists. asking for the police and state to ban fascists, shows political cowardice and a lacking of plausible arguments to defeat the arguments of the far right.

Militant anti-fascism: Different tactics, different aims.

The Anti-fascist Network of which London Anti-fascists are a part of was set up 3 years ago to co-ordinate local autonomous antifa groups around the country. The AFN doesn’t believe in merely demonstrating against fascists but physically confronting then when they organise to physically attempt to stop their marches. To ideologically defeat their ideas, not through appealing to Tory and labour politicians, but through creating and aiding grassroots antifascist, anti-capitalist organisations, through mass mobilisation where needed, to smaller actions where necessary,through listening to the genuine concerns of working class people and putting forward answers that don’t ask people to simply vote labour to solve their problems.

This is anti-fascism.

[ leaflet text handed out on UN International Anti-Racism Day in London, March 22nd 2014 ]