Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1040/29058

From The Socialist newspaper, 1 May 2019

Swansea anti-far right protest

Socialist Party placards were prominent on the demo against the far right in Swansea, 27.4.19, photo by Gareth Bromhall

Socialist Party placards were prominent on the demo against the far right in Swansea, 27.4.19, photo by Gareth Bromhall   (Click to enlarge)

A rally by far-right For Britain leader Anne Marie Waters, an openly racist islamophobe and political ally of Tommy Robinson, was held in Swansea on 27 April.

A motley crew of 40-50 people gathered for a 'national mobilisation' within a tight police cordon to hear Waters's hate speech, under the guise of a pro-Brexit protest. Some local Leave voters expressed later on social media that they felt tricked into attending a rally for an openly racist organisation.

The far-right elements, although at times vocal, were without their usual insignia and paraphernalia in an attempt to legitimise the rally as purely pro-Brexit.

The rally was countered by a few hundred local people, including activists from Socialist Students and the Socialist Party, trade unionists and local community groups.

A separate "multicultural festival" was organised by Stand Up To Racism (SUTR). It included speeches from local Labour Party politicians - whose spending cuts have had a direct effect on the rise of racism in our city.

Socialist Party

But thanks to the intervention of Socialist Party activists, most present ignored the insistence of Socialist Workers' Party members in SUTR to attend the festival and instead took part in a direct counter-protest against the far right.

Our placards and chants of "jobs and homes not racism" were well received. Several young people approached us about getting involved and the majority of those present on the day were convinced about the correctness of our tactics.

It is past time that trade unions stopped franchising out the anti-racism struggle to SUTR's ineffective tactics and programme, and started taking seriously the task of building an anti-racist campaign in the face of a growing far right, emboldened by Brexit confusion.

Swansea and West Wales Socialist Party

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 1 May 2019:


News

Build student unions and walkouts to fight climate change and Trump!

300 NHS nurse suicides in seven years - fully fund our health service now!

Port Talbot steelworks rocked by an explosion - nationalise the plant to save jobs and lives!

Build a universal safety net - abolish Universal Credit!

Universal Credit disaster behind foodbank rise

Fracking mess


Local elections 2019

Local elections 2019: Time to stand up and fight the cuts!

Wirral Tories raise spectre of Militant

Leicester: No-cuts budget only way forward

Worcester: Fightback against library cuts

Union action needed to fight Tory Derbyshire Council cuts


Workplace news

Valentine victory: School strike beats council cuts

Strike ballot: huge result must launch fightback

Usdaw ADM 2019

Communication workers oppose second EU vote, and back new socialist 'Clause IV' for Labour


International socialist news and analysis

India General election shows crying need for independent socialist alternative

France Telecom: Privatisation in the dock

Scandinavian Airlines walkout disrupts Nordic air travel


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

EU elections: Countering Farage's right-wing Brexit Party

Swansea anti-far right protest

Waltham Forest TUC May Day


Opinion

Knife crime - a product of capitalist misery

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 1 May 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Swansea:

triangleSwansea Parcelforce workers picket depot in support of victimised rep

triangleOver 2.5 million students emptied the classrooms on International Women's Day - 8th March - in the Spanish state, called out by Libres y Combativas. photo by LyC

triangleSwansea Socialist Party1919: When Germany was on the brink of socialism

triangleEarly morning cabinet meeting nods through 24 million cuts

triangleBlack Friday day of action against Amazon

Protest:

triangleNigeria: Stop police harassment of Abbey and Azeez!

triangleSave Essex libraries protest

triangleD-Day for fighting Trump attack on NHS

triangleProtesters condemn Tory candidate

Far right:

triangleWirral Socialist Party: Brazil - Bolsanaro and the rise of the far right

triangleSequel to 'A Very British Coup' - workers' struggle, not bosses' EU and media, is route to socialism

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Socialist:

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: A socialist programme to transform society

triangleBirmingham South East Socialist Party: Corbyn and the working class

Socialist Party:

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: The threat to the NHS from capitalist trade deals

Racism:

triangleLondon Socialist Party: Fight racism and the far-right

Brexit:

triangleWhile Tories elect new leader - prepare action to remove the lot of them

Far-right:

triangleFight the far-right - fight for socialist policies

Wales:

triangleWelsh government must block NHS privatisation or face workers' action

Stand Up to Racism:

triangleTommy Robinson BBC demo: socialist fightback needed to undermine far right

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

26/6/19

NSSN

Come to the 2019 NSSN conference

26/6/19

Bridgend

NSSN meeting determined to fight for Ford workers

26/6/19

Devon

Stop the Devon and Somerset fire service cuts

26/6/19

Hull

Hull trade union festival a great success

26/6/19

Barking

Angry Barking fire victims demand action from landlords and authorities

26/6/19

Harrogate

Harrogate academy workers strike against cuts

26/6/19

Unite

Colloids workers strike to support sacked rep

26/6/19

Nottingham

Notts college contract dispute

26/6/19

Midlands

Midlands mental health workers walk out against privatisation

26/6/19

RMT

Salisbury South Western Rail strikers determined

26/6/19

Unison

Unison conference: Socialist Party members call for anti-cuts fight and build left challenge

26/6/19

Glasgow

Striking workers defy the race to the bottom at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports

26/6/19

Education

Unions and campaigners discuss fight to end education crisis

19/6/19

South Western Railway

South Western Railway staff strike for safety

19/6/19

Barking

Angry residents' meeting demands answers and action following fire

triangleMore Reports and campaigns 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: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999