Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/617/9065
From The Socialist newspaper, 24 March 2010
EDL attend anti-racist meeting
A public meeting called by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) in Bristol was attended by local trade unionists and anti-racist activists.
However, a Bristol trade unionist has reported that up to 15 supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) also attended. They attempted to film, photograph and disrupt the meeting.
When the man who appeared to be the leading EDL member spoke, he argued that they were not racists or fascists but were 'anti-Islamic extremists'. The meeting then deteriorated. Insults were flying around and people were going chest to chest. The police were eventually called.
While waiting for the police a trade unionist spoke to one of the EDL members and found they had no political argument to back up their attacks on Muslims. He couldn't explain what the EDL meant by Islamic fundamentalism.
They took offence at being called racists or fascists. One was a plumber who had been out of work since last May. It appeared to the trade unionist that they were being manipulated by racists for their own political aims and objectives.
This shows the complicated and confused nature of those attracted to the EDL. It is crucial that genuine and democratic discussion and debate takes place on how to challenge racism and the far-right.
This event shows that increasingly there is a need to properly steward such meetings.
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.
In The Socialist 24 March 2010:
Strikers can beat BA bosses
BA cabin crew can win
Message of support for striking BA workers from Socialist Party MEP Joe Higgins:
Striking British Airways cabin crew pickets speak to The Socialist
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Support trade union and socialist alternative: Workers reject main parties
Trade unionist and Socialist Coalition
Salford: The growth of 'Hazel Must Go!'
Woolwich and Greenwich: For a workers' MP on a worker's wage
Stoke Central: Fighting for the millions not the millionaires
Trade unionist and Socialist Coalition general election launch rally
'MPs for hire' scandal
Hewitt's big business alliance
New workers' party needed
MPs: in it for the money
Far-right EDL outnumbered in Bolton, police try to even the odds!
EDL attend anti-racist meeting
Nottingham anti-EDL anti-BNP conference
Sussex: Students gain a victory - but fight must go on!
Cuts to higher education announced: Students fight back
Socialist Party youth meeting
On the march against cuts
Marxist analysis: history
March 1990 anti-poll tax demonstration
International socialist news and analysis
Massive rejection of Sarkozy's policies presages a 'third round on the streets'
Obama's neutered health bill limps through
Socialist Party news and analysis
Nottingham council targets the vulnerable
Dickens is back: Implications of poverty revealed in London
Barking council: Late developers
Battling against school academies in Hastings
Socialist Party workplace news
HP workers take further action
Rail safety disputes
The Socialist 24 March 2010 |
Join the Socialist