Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/25665

Posted on 19 June 2017 at 17:13 GMT

Finsbury Park attack: no to terror, racism, war and austerity!

Finsbury Park Mosque, north London photo Olof Lagerkvist/CC

Finsbury Park Mosque, north London photo Olof Lagerkvist/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Hannah Sell

For the second time in one month a van has been driven into a crowd in London with the aim of indiscriminate slaughter of innocent people.

This time the terrorist attack seems to have been motivated by anti-Muslim hatred. The van driver was reported to shout that he wanted to "kill all Muslims" as he drove into a group who had just taken part in evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast.

They were standing together to assist an elderly man who had been taken ill and who has now tragically died.

In addition to his death, ten other worshippers were injured by the attack. With incredible self-restraint the group, together with bystanders, captured the attacker and held him, it seems largely unharmed, until the police arrived.

The Socialist Party completely condemns this terrible attack just as we condemned the Manchester and London Bridge attacks which were inspired by the completely reactionary, barbaric ideology of Isis.

In the wake of those horrific attacks, the worst terrorist attacks in Britain since the 7/7 bombing in 2005, there has been a clear danger of an increase in racist attacks on Muslims, or people who are perceived to be Muslim.

Such attacks are repellent to the majority in society who understand that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are completely opposed to terrorism.

In the one day after the London Bridge attack alone, London's Muslims raised 18,000 for its victims.

The electoral surge for Jeremy Corbyn in the general election showed how millions of people understood the need for working and middle class people of all nationalities and religions to unite together against austerity, war and racism.

The horror of Grenfell Tower drives home the urgent need for a united movement to get the Tories out and fight for socialist, anti-austerity policies.

If it had not been for the alarm being raised by Muslims who were awake because of Ramadan and saw the fire, even more would have been killed.

But as it is, residents estimate that at least 150 working class people - of many nationalities and religions - died as a result of criminal capitalist cuts and austerity.

Demonstrating against the Iraq war, photo Paul Mattsson

Demonstrating against the Iraq war, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Millions also understand that, as the Socialist Party has consistently explained, alongside opposing the right-wing reactionaries of Isis and their ilk, it is also necessary to oppose the imperialist wars and interventions in the Middle East and Afghanistan which have created a nightmare for the peoples of the Middle East and inevitably increased the likelihood of terrorist atrocities worldwide.

Little is yet known about the identity of the Finsbury Park attacker but it seems likely that he, like the murderer of Jo Cox, was inspired by far-right racist ideology.

The right-wing media and all those capitalist politicians who have attempted to divert attention from their austerity and warmongering by whipping up racism and anti-Muslim and anti-migrant feelings over recent years, bear some responsibility for last night's attack along with other racist assaults.

Theresa May has responded to the attack by again saying there is a need for more 'anti-terror' legislation. However, there have been numerous new 'anti-terror' laws introduced in recent decades and none have stopped new attacks. At the same time the Tories' unrelenting austerity drive is making people more vulnerable when attacks occur.

It is essential that the workers' movement puts uniting against racism at the heart of a fight to end austerity, and for decent jobs, homes and services for all.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 19 June 2017 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 






Related links:

Racism:

triangle3rd June anti-racist demonstrations across Britain

triangleNewcastle Socialist Party: Smash racism! Black lives matter

triangleFight racism and class inequality, fight capitalism!

triangleUSA - another cop killing of unarmed black man sparks widespread protests

War:

triangle1920s Britain: A "country nearer Bolshevism than at any time since"

triangleA new world order - global reconstruction after World War Two

triangleThe Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it "fanned the flames of revolt"

triangleThe Tyneside apprentices' strike during WW2

Terror:

triangleGermany: Right-wing terror attacks - fight racism, fight capitalism!

triangleStreatham attack: Johnson's bill can't stop terror

triangleProtesting is not terrorism

Austerity:

triangleCrisis in council services: Labour must fight or stand aside

triangleWhy I joined the Socialist Party

London:

triangleFight continues for safety on London buses

Muslim:

triangleIndia: Modi victory underlines need for real socialist fightback

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

3/6/20

Coronavirus

Tories knocked back on schools opening

3/6/20

Coronavirus

Battered Tories face divisions and growing anger

3/6/20

Council

Council finance disaster: set emergency no-cuts budgets and fight for funds!

2/6/20

Coronavirus

Furlough: We are not 'all in the same boat'

2/6/20

Coronavirus

Protect every job, nationalise don't subsidise

2/6/20

Coronavirus

"Test, trace, isolate, support" - the Tories' scheme fails on all counts

29/5/20

Labour

Lessons from the Corbyn experience

27/5/20

Coronavirus

Reckless, lying cheats

26/5/20

Coronavirus

United action can defeat Tories' dangerous school plan

26/5/20

Coronavirus

Coronavirus pandemic news in brief

26/5/20

Coronavirus

More blunders and profiteering in Tory track-and-trace scheme

25/5/20

Coronavirus

Care home workers suffer PPE shortage and job loss fears

22/5/20

Coronavirus

Black and Asian Covid-19 deaths: an indictment of capitalist inequality

21/5/20

TUC

Covid crisis boosts union membership but TUC leaders want to cosy up to the bosses!

20/5/20

Coronavirus

Johnson's reckless 'back to school' plans threaten everyone's safety

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999