By Jane West
This coming Saturday the racist English Defence League are calling demonstrations up and down the country - they are aiming to hold 70 separate events - exploiting the horror at the murder of soldier Lee Rigby to mobilise support for racism and Islamophobia.
The murderous attack on a soldier in Woolwich yesterday was horrifying, and nothing justifies such a vile act. The only response that is appropriate – apart from expressing sympathy for the victim’s family and friends – is to isolate the approach of the perpetrators and for communities to stand together in condemnation of this attack, as Ken Livingstone spells out in the article we reproduce below.
A recent by-election in Oise, just north of Paris, has underlined that the austerity policies of Hollande’s French Socialist Party government are not only leading to a collapse in its support, but also to a dangerous growth of the extreme right.
It should also be a wake up call for the anti-fascist movement in the country, which remains weak and divided.
British politics took an unpleasant dog-whistle turn this week as Cameron attempted to shift attention from his government’s abject economic failure with the tried and tested diversionary tactic of blaming ‘immigration’.
10am to 4.30pm Saturday 2 MarchTUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
This is an important conference for all those who oppose the offensive of racism and Islamophobia that is being waged.
It will help activists confront the challenges of the year ahead including campaigning: to defend freedom of religious expression; to remove British fascists from the European Parliament at the 2014 elections and stopping the EDL bring its violence into multicultural communities.
Statement by Unite Against Facism
WE ARE STILL WALTHAM FOREST STOP THE EDL
GATHER FROM 11am SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER
WALTHAMSTOW TOWN CENTRE
After the elections in Western Europe in the first half of this year it is a good moment to take stock of the overall state of the class struggle in the region.
WE ARE WALTHAM FOREST STOP THE EDL
Stop the fascist English Defence League marching through Walthamstow Saturday 1st September
Gather Walthamstow Town Centre from 11am (see map below)
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