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(en) US, Boston, report about the anti-nazi axctivity clled for by Northeast Antifascists*

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Date Fri, 25 Jun 2004 23:21:47 +0200 (CEST)

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On June 20, about 15-20 neo-nazi white supremacists decided to come hang out
in Government Center during an Israeli Independence Day celebration. While
Northeast Antifascists had heard of them coming beforehand, we were also
there for a little meet and greet. Before the nazi fascists even showed up
though, the blue fascists harassed a group of antifascists walking around
the area. They were encircled by the police and told that government center
was "private property". Eventually the police let them leave but continued
to follow and intimidate them for the rest of the afternoon.
While they were at first few in number and inconspicuous, more of their
buddies showed up (apparently from Connecticut and NJ) until their numbers
reached in the area of 15 to 20. Then they got really excited about
eachother all being there at once. So some of them took out their WCOTC gear
and started handing out racist literature to passing pro-Isrealis, who were
pretty passive about there being neo-nazis standing right next to them.

In the meantime, Northeast Antifascists and their supporters unrolled a
banner with "No nazis in our neighborhoods" across from them and actively
passed out literature exposing who these people were and conversing with
those in the area. We were also pretty actively hollering at them, because
it sure is fun and it gets people to notice the bigots standing next to
them. A lot of the boneheads came from NJ- one with "Racist" tattooed on his
forehead (honestly, we do not know how he gets around). Others were WCOTC
enthusiasts who just looked like trash and one was a guy who did not have
his fashion sense together (I mean are a belt AND suspenders all that
necessary). Oh and one was dressed like a valet for a yuppie restaurant.

The fascists had a couple of cops protecting them, who kept us behind a
metal fence and about 30 of them stood between us and the fascists. The
po-po were also following and trying to intimidate the antifasicsts telling
us to "get lost" and "not start shit". That was an awesome experience.
However one cop did thank us, but we don't think were supposed to tell. They
also escorted the various scum into the train station because they were too
afraid to walk the twenty feet themselves.

One thing that needs to be mentioned is the political dynamic that we dealt
with by being there. Beforehand, we had decided to not take a stance on the
Israeli/ Palestinian issue, and felt that siding with one or the other would
detract from our primary goal of confronting the fascists. However, we also
recognized that in the past, neo-Nazis have tried to co-opt the Palestinian
solidarity movement as a guise to push their own political agenda. While
there was an amount of tension between Northeast Antifascists and the large
amounts of pro-Israeli and Palestinian solidarity groups there, issues were
mostly settled with conversational discourse. At these times, we stated that
as antifascists, we organize around white power and neo-Nazi groups, and
wherever they go, we do as well.

Anyway, unfortunately we were pretty small in number given the short notice
and the fact that various Northeast Antifascists like to enjoy vacationing
in other places. We went into it knowing this, and while there were no
violent confrontations, we did a lot of intel gathering, and made our
presence known in Boston.
For a fascist free-Boston,
Northeast Antifascists.

Those who have pictures or information pertaining to this event, or would
like to learn about future Northeast Antifascist organizing please contact
neantifa (at) hotmail.com and look out for the new website.
* Note: Northeast Antifascists is an anti-authoritarian antifa group
initiated by NEFAC Boston.

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