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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #294 - antifascism, Strategies: Overcoming the antifa (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 16 May 2019 10:32:34 +0300

While far-right ideas tend to gain influence in society and are increasingly taken up by almost all the institutional parties, a critical analysis of the strategy of the " antifa groups " seems necessary today. ---- With the digital recession and the loss of influence of the traditional organizations of the labor movement during the last decades, we can note for several years a strategic vagueness around the anti-fascist fight, exercised by fewer and fewer people and tending to reproduce actions and events. more out of habit than by imagining a relevant construction of antifascism among the masses. ---- If it is not a question here of going against what is happening with the specific antifas groups (concerts, militant bars, watch and information blogs), we can estimate that there exists a tendency to the inter-group: some groups prioritize the organization of cultural events around concerts and stereotypical "antifa" looks, focused on the process of "resuscitating" the tradition of a former community group (antifascist skinheads) to strengthen the the affinity and minorizing side of the milieu, by not allowing those who are far from this culture to have their place there.

For unitary campaigns of the social movement
On the other hand, there is an important tendency to delegate antifascism on the ground to the specific antifascist groups, reserving a few people the day before on the extreme right, the actions punches against the fascists and the information given to them. population. The latter is sometimes very little achieved and we find ourselves in situations where anti-fascist actions are very disconnected from the concerns of the population, which unfortunately remains dubious about these actions.

The fact that a significant number of antifa activists are not part of other struggles structures (unions, ecology, antipatriarcat ...) is not to fix this situation.

If the diversity of the social movement (wrestling unions, associations and collectives of struggle) took much more in charge the fight against fascism, it would be possible to envisage a renewal of this one: in a context of reactionary push all over Europe, it It is urgent that resistance to it be anchored in the masses and especially be understood by them. A popular anti-fascism of the XXI th century should it not go through such practical solidarity among réfugié.es well as large-scale construction struggles to bring down the racist government measures ? Finally, it is necessary to massively popularize our arguments of deconstruction of hate speech against scapegoats, and this may involve unitary campaigns of the anti-liberal social and political movement, in order to anchor the idea that resistance to policies liberal and antifascism go hand in hand. Thus we will be able to counter the general idea, very media but anchored in a good part of the population, that fascists and "antifas" would be worth.

Ayla (AL Toulouse)

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