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Report from Anti-fascists in Hyde 25/02/12

After the disturbances in Rochdale, Asian youth turned out against the wishes of some of the mosque elders to confront the EDL in Hyde. SchNEWS spoke to one anti-fascist who also made the trip.

"The planned route for march through town from the train station didn't happen due to sheer numbers of Asian, around 250-300 youth who gathered outside close to the train station. The EDL had the briefest of marches and were herded along the side of ASDA round a side alley into a car park next to the bus station out of sight of the public.”

Jumping on the bandwagon were  the BNP – with Nick Griffin himself tarnishing the town with his presence. They gathered a motley fifty in a small rally opposite the town hall under the slogan “Hope for England”. Griffin appealed to EDL members and invited them to join in the fun – in fact virtually all the BNP apart from Nasty Nick himself joined the EDL march.

EDL numbers weren’t amazingly high, possibly as many as 600.

According to our eyewitness “As the EDL were dispersing, a group of them made their way across the ASDA car park to confront the youth outside the Mosque. They were chased off after the youth charged .In fact they ended up waiting to be kettled on the other side of the car park. The police eventually moved all the EDL on. Anti-fascists were present throughout the whole day, mixing with the locals but not in enough numbers to make an impact. " 


*For more info see http://brightonantifascists.wordpress.com and http://malatesta32.wordpress.com/

Tomorrow (Saturday 25th) will see another day of fash-lite bullshit from our friends in the English Defence League (EDL).

In Hyde, Manchester a coalition of EDLers, BNP members and BFP splitters will drag their knuckles through the streets in 'defence' of Daniel Stringer-Prince, who was allegedly attacked by an Asian gang earlier this month. This is despite his family telling the EDL they want nothing to do with them and they're against the march. Cue lots of angry EDLers claiming they care so much more than Daniel's family that they are gonna march anyway.

In Glasgow the Scottish Defence League (SDL) are holding a static demonstration in the city centre from midday, a variety of groups have called for a counter mobilisation. While down in London Unite Against Fascism (UAF) will be holding their national conference at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL.

These demos come on the back of a couple of perceived victories for the far right -

On Saturday 18th in Liverpool, around 150 fascists led by members of the openly Nazi British Peoples Party successfully disrupted a march by the Liverpool Irish Republican Flute Band in honour of, Irish republican fighter, Sean Phelan.

On Thursday 23rd, as SchNEWS went to print, 'disturbances' were kicking off in Heywood, Rochdale. In an attempt to get the trial of an alleged 'paedophile ring' thrown out of court members of the EDL and North West Infidels (NWI) roamed the streets targeting Asian owned businesses.

Far right keyboard warriors are claiming that at least one takeaway burnt down and “300 whites blocking the roads”. Greater Manchester Police confirmed that “a group of youths... attacked a local business and clashed with police officers”. The NWI are bigging up the racial aspect of the actions and alleged chants of “National Front Please Protect Us”.

While the far right is not as strong as it was 20+ years ago, neither is the left. A strong militant antifascist network needs to be built now that can put numbers on the streets and travel to where it's needed, before it's too late.

*For more info see http://brightonantifascists.wordpress.com and http://malatesta32.wordpress.com/


There are 15 comments on this story...
Added By: Anarchiste - 24th February 2012 @ 2:11 PM
Heywood, Lancashire. There is no red in the anarchist black flag.
Added By: Anonymous - 24th February 2012 @ 11:23 PM
Simply lace all cans of Stella with arsenic, job done
Added By: Anarchiste. - 25th February 2012 @ 1:39 PM
Cartoon anarchists are ineffective.
Added By: Mark, Bury, Lancs. - 25th February 2012 @ 2:09 PM
The far right may not be as strong as they were 20+ years ago,but the fact is they don't need to be. Tabloid journalist's do a pretty good job of doing their work for them.As long as the subject of immigration sells papers and wins votes then unfortunately race and cultural background will continue to be an issue. Politicians continue to spout the usual shite about how Britain is not as racist as it used to be but they need racism for the same reason's they need homophobia, sexism, and any other form of discrimination, it keeps the workers divided. Sadly it's far easier to convince somebody that all foreigners pose a threat to to our culture, job prospects, and general well being than it is to convince people that we as a class have far more in common with each other and fellow wage slaves, regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual preference etc than we do with the worlds ruling classes. I have always been passionate about Anarchism, but the phrase " pissing in the wind " springs to mind.
Added By: Anonymous - 25th February 2012 @ 6:53 PM
@ 'Anarchiste'

About as effective as trolling every article about fascists pretending to be an anarchist while extolling the virtues of a violent nationalist group.

Only few hundred turned up in Hyde and barely more than 50 in Glasgow. Obviously we still need to oppose the fuckers AND put forward alternatives so that organisations like the EDL don't become the only route for pissed off people to take. While populism may be easier, it's rarely right.
Added By: Anarchiste. - 26th February 2012 @ 9:23 AM
Added By: Peasant Plucker - 26th February 2012 @ 9:18 PM
Part Time faux anti fascist Lefties make me laugh. Real ones would also counter demo against the Islamic homophobic, anti semite, racist fascists. Oh wait a minute, they can't as some of them have more colour in their cheeks than the self loathing lefty pasty white complexion.
Added By: dontputmeincharge - 28th February 2012 @ 12:34 PM
Added By: Peasant Plucker - 26th February 2012 @ 9:18 PM
Part Time faux anti fascist Lefties make me laugh. Real ones would also counter demo against the Islamic homophobic, anti semite, racist fascists.

Even as a long-time Schnews reader i have to admit that islamic fundamentalism does seem a much bigger problem in the UK. As your article clearly suggests the EdL are a bit of a joke really.

Also id like to mention; that as a southerner with family up north; id say the northern racial divide is a much more complex and ingrained issue than what we have down here, and to bear that in mind when wondering where the anger comes from.
Added By: Anonymous - 28th February 2012 @ 6:58 PM
Islamic fundamentalism only exists in the minds of the paranoid and brainwashed eg. EDL, BNP and the filth.

Can't really blame these inbred knuckle-dragging bellends, the only media they read is the Sun. Even then they can only look at the pictures
Added By: Anarchiste. - 5th March 2012 @ 8:01 PM
Your fear of the working class is transparent.
Added By: blah blah blah - 5th March 2012 @ 8:32 PM

What like the fabled toff Nick Griffin?

The class system is all in the mind
Added By: Anarchiste - 6th March 2012 @ 11:43 AM
No class war then?
Added By: blah blah blah - 9th March 2012 @ 11:28 PM
Added By: Adrian Rainbow. - 8th April 2012 @ 10:55 AM
I am neither paranoid, brainwashed or uneducated, I have spent the last 2 yrs researching religion, especially Islam and if you don't see a threat it's because it is you who is brainwashed, or more likely currying favour with the rest of the unwashed.
Added By: Kazuya - 1st May 2012 @ 6:54 PM
I agree that we need some form of protest but it has to be pafeecul. If we end up with photos of people shouting into megaphones or trying to rip flags away from the EDL that too will play right into their hands. Their whole operation is aimed at creating conflict, let's not play that game.Some wit and humour about our protest might be welcome (Leicester is comedy festival central after all). Let's laugh them off the street.
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