Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/615/8975

From The Socialist newspaper, 10 March 2010

Police clear path for racist EDL thugs

AROUND 400 protesters gathered for a counter-demonstration to the far-right English Defence League's (EDL) march from the Tate Britain to Parliament Square, London, on 5 March. The EDL had organised the march to celebrate the visit of the Dutch racist, far-right politician, Geert Wilders.

Paul Callanan

Wilders had been invited to screen his new anti-Islam film in the House of Lords by UKIP's leader, Lord Pearson. Alarmingly, Wilders' mis-named 'Freedom Party' recently made major electoral gains in the two cities where it stood in the Netherlands, gathering about 25% of the vote (see www.socialistworld.net).

As the protesters blocked the road to Parliament to stop the far-right thugs, the police clearly showed in whose interests they were acting.

The anti-EDL protest was forcibly removed from the road by hundreds of riot police, backed up with dogs and horses. When the EDL march eventually came through it was protected by a huge police presence.

The police physically removed protesters and held them in the Victoria Tower Gardens while the far-right thugs were given free rein to stir up hatred and division.

Socialist Party members along with other demonstrators were told by police officers that we were under arrest for a "potential breach of the peace". We were not eventually charged with any offence but were told we would not be allowed to leave until the demo was over and deemed to no longer be potential law breakers.

To be arrested for a crime you could "potentially" commit, is an indication of how far the right to demonstrate has been undermined by this government.

As the employers and government makes huge attacks on the pay and conditions of working-class people, undoubtedly these draconian laws will be used against workers who fight back.

The counter-demo, called by the UAF, was not stewarded, which unfortunately made it possible for some EDL members to worm their way into the crowd.

Nonetheless, the determination of the demonstrators succeeded in delaying the EDL march for several hours.

In the coming months we need to step up the protests against the EDL and the far-right BNP. At the same time we need to offer a political alternative to their racist poison.

We need a mass workers' party which would fight for decent jobs, homes and services to cut across a minority of working class people being drawn to the far right.

A new workers' party would cut across the appeal of far-right groups by uniting working class people of all backgrounds in common struggle against the bosses. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, which will be standing in the general election, is potentially an important step towards such a party.

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


In The Socialist 10 March 2010:

Fight the cuts, not union members

Don't let Unison democracy go up in smoke!


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Young voters need real change


Socialist Party feature

Michael Foot - the end of an era


Socialist Party news and analysis

Trades Council demo unites Brighton fightback

Riot cops attack peaceful Sussex students' protest

Police clear path for racist EDL thugs

Anti-war campaigner Joe Glenton gets nine months


Civil servants strike

Civil Servants Strike reports (updated)

Solid two-day civil service strike shows anger of PCS members


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Hands off our NHS!


International socialist news and analysis

Palestine: 'The Wall Must Fall!'

Chile earthquake: Natural disaster, state catastrophe


Socialist Party campaigns

Debate on women's oppression: Socialists propose solutions

Waltham Forest day of action: Socialists and trade unionists make a stand

Canvassing for support for socialists in Lewisham

Build solidarity with Sri Lankan Tamils

Solidarity with Yarl's Wood hunger strikers

National Shop Stewards Network: For undivided rank and file organisation

Justice for the Shrewsbury pickets


Socialist Party workplace news

London Underground signals victory

Leeds university rally

CWU to put Royal Mail deal to ballot of members


Socialist Party review

Tower Block of Commons


 

Home   |   The Socialist 10 March 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Police:

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

triangleBending the knee v Trump

EDL:

triangleDemonstrators see off far-right in Keighley

triangleRacist EDL humiliated for third time

triangleFar right humiliated in London - but trade unions must organise against racism and austerity

triangleYork University: socialists prevent far-right hate speech

Racist:

triangleGerman elections: rise of the far right and right-wing government will provoke resistance

triangleRefreshing, anticapitalist - but little pointing a way forward

triangleMay's lies about foreign students exposed

Far-right:

triangleProtest outside Ukip conference against German far-right speaker

triangleLewisham 1977: When socialists and workers defeated the far-right National Front

Parliament:

triangleLondon: TUC lobby & rally; and London march

English Defence League:

triangleNew Socialist Party pamphlet: Fight racism, fight for socialism

Far right:

triangleTUSC supports Irish MPs' call on Corbyn

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

triangle25 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2