Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Unite Against Fascism vs EDL ...

Was asked yesterday, after volunteering as steward and security at various UAF (Unite Against Fascism events, to volunteer one day a week at their London office. Didn't need to think about it. Said yes in 0.7 seconds. What a trip to be a part of this movement.

Unite Against Fascism is the anti-fascist pressure group in Great Britain, with support from politicians of all mainstream UK political parties. It describes itself as a national campaign with the aim of alerting British society to a perceived threat of the far right — in particular the British National Party (BNP) gaining a foothold at local, national and European elections, arguing that "there is a real danger that the BNP could get a significant platform in elected institutions."

The real fight now is against the EDL (English Defence League). A significant number of English Defence League members are known to have been convicted of football hooliganism offences. Well, you can tell just by looking at them:

Nick Lowles, the editor of anti-racist magazine Searchlight says the EDL poses two risks. One is the formation of a street army prepared to travel around the country to fight and provide organisational support. The other is the group's tactics of carrying placards and chanting in places that are potential flashpoints. Searchlight added that not every leader of the EDL is a fascist or hardcore racist. Meanwhile, on the BBC's Sunday morning Andrew Marr show on December 13, 2010, Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti described the EDL as "modern day blackshirts".

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