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(en) Britain, London, Anti-Fascist News From Class War* 10th August 2004 - Battle of Trafalgar Cancelled!

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 13 Aug 2004 06:03:22 +0200 (CEST)


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Sunday 25th July had, if you believe the papers and some of the
more lurid internet chatrooms, promised a battle royal in central
London. The "weirds with beards" of Al-Mujihiroun had called
an Islamic rally for Trafalgar Square that afternoon. The fascists
of the National Front called a counter-rally. Class War recognises
the NF and Al-Mujihiroun as threats to our community.
Although they profess to hate each other, they share remarkably
similar views towards women, trades unions, socialists and other
ethnic groups. They are two sides of the same coin. Indeed about
the only thing wrong with the term "Islamic-Fascism" when
discussing groups like Al-Mujihiroun is that Richard Littlejohn
uses it!

Class War soon got involved when the new anti-fascist group
Antifa called a demonstration in opposition to both fascist
groups. On the day however the fearsome Islamic warriors of
Al-Mujihiroun failed to show, as they did not have legal
permission for their event. Such much for not obeying man made
laws!

First in the square in significant numbers were a large contingent
of Sikhs (there to demonstrate against Al-M) The Sikhs turned
up and promptly nicked the NF's pitch by the National Gallery. A
small number of fascists arrived, mostly in threes and fours, and
looked rather forlorn, both at their own organisation and the
Sikhs "Sikh, British and Proud" flag!

Without clear leadership the NF contingent, bolstered by the
Ulster British Alliance, remained disjointed, but the very large
police presence in and around the Square prevented any clashes.
At this point the only danger was that some anti-fascists might
die laughing at the particularly thick fascist who insisted on
regaling us with information about the NFs plans, and even
when told he was talking to anti-fascists refused to believe them.
He will go far!

With police numbers increasing and the potential of being
blocked in rising, it was time to shift. Having taken a short break
for refreshments, about 35 anti-fascists returned to the Square to
find the fash had now got their act together but were split into
two separate groups. This included a contingent from a group
called the United British Alliance (mostly football hooligans) who
claim to be non-racist. Indeed it has been suggested by the NF
that their number includes non-whites. We did not see any on
the day, and when we approached their picket of about 60 lads,
amongst the loyalist chanting were several cries, in our direction
of "race traitors". So much for them not being racists!

Having been shifted on by a large contingent of cops it was time
to present our credentials to the NF, who mustered about 30-40
strong. Again they chose to stay behind the police barriers. By
now the cops had more than lost their patience with us, and we
were forced out of the Square to Charing Cross station, pausing
only to swap rounds of applause with the Sikhs. All in all the day
went reasonably well, in what was one of Antifa's first outings.

Some lessons from the day:
Turn up on time. More people arriving later in the day has less
impact than large numbers being present at the start.
Be calm but purposeful - it was perfectly possible to get close to
the opposition and look them in the whites of their eyes. If you
want to stand behind barriers with the cops, go and join Unite
Against Fascism.
Bring a friend. We need more people at these events - they are
regularly out numbering us. Fighting fascism involves more than
sitting about talking.
Expect to be stopped and searched by the police. Don't carry
anything you would not want to be found with.

Finally a big thank you to the guys who came down from Leeds -
it is nice to meet some anti-fascists from the city who aren't the
usual Searchlight compromised clowns!
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*[Ed. note: Class War is an anarchist federation.]


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