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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 April 2011

Newcastle: Socialists won't be intimidated by racists

A Newcastle Socialist Party member

Back in March, a group of English Defence League (EDL) thugs surrounded and intimidated Socialist Party members in Newcastle who were selling the Socialist and gathering signatures against the Con-Dems' 'austerity' package.

Other left groups came to stand beside our comrades, who refused to leave despite being outnumbered by these racists.

So, on 16 April around 30 people which included Socialist Party members, trade unionists, anti-cuts campaigners and members of other left groups gathered at Newcastle's Monument to show that, despite the threat of violence from the EDL, we will never be intimidated by them.

Many leaflets were given out and papers sold to Tyneside people who were appalled that groups defending the interests of the working class and fighting back against the Con-Dems would be subject to such threats.

Despite previous EDL threats that they would turn up again, they were nowhere to be seen.

It seems the brave, strong men of the EDL only show up when they can surround women five to one!

Socialists take heart from the fact that, in a time of increasing class action to fight the Tory cuts, the EDL will be increasingly sidelined. The people we speak to on the street want a group who fight for their jobs, welfare and rights, not hooligans wanting to divide the movement with racist misinformation.

The Socialist Party plans to be seen at the Monument every Saturday campaigning against the Con-Dem government and no number of EDL thugs will change that.

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In The Socialist 20 April 2011:


Anti-cuts campaigning

How can the Con-Dem coalition be most effectively punished?

Kick big business out of health care

Fight cuts - vote socialist

Fighting anti-cuts programme needed in Scottish elections

Coventry: support for socialists increases

Enthusiasm for ten TUSC candidates across Kent

Vote Against Cuts alliance launched in Leicester

"Lambeth council know the cost of everything and the value of nothing"


Socialist Students

NUS conference fails to act


International socialist news and analysis

Sarkozy instigates ban on veil to boost his political ratings

Libya: Is humanitarian aid providing mission creep for western powers?

War - what is it good for? Arms sales!


Socialist Party workplace news

Construction workers lobby BP

"Staggering scale" of London Ambulance service cuts

Workplace news in brief

NUT teachers' conference

Leeds Fed Housing strike

Enthusiastic support for PCS call centres strike


Socialist Party features

Anniversary: Black Friday 15 April 1921

The Alternative Vote referendum - 5 May


Socialist Party news and analysis

News in brief

Lid blown off Met's kettle


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Newcastle: Socialists won't be intimidated by racists

Gay protest and discrimination

Angry protest at death of Smiley Culture


 

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