Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/943/25222

From The Socialist newspaper, 5 April 2017

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

A previous far-right demonstration, photo by Paul Mattsson

A previous far-right demonstration, photo by Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

London Socialist Party reporters

It was difficult to tell, peering through the massive police protection they require in order to show their faces in public. But it looked like a motley crew of not much more than 100 mustered for the 1 April Britain First/EDL march in central London.

Their humiliating tiny size - after boasting that thousands were coming - shows how little toehold these nasty racist thugs have in the population. The main threat of racism and division comes from the mainstream political parties and the right-wing press.

Socialist Party members participated in the much bigger counter-demonstration. But the policing was a disgrace. How much money was spent to herd and shove anti-fascists around central London streets, constantly threatening arrest, occasionally piling in to snatch a protester?

This outrageous policing is clearly designed to intimidate protesters - and sadly it did mean that some refugees who attended felt too unsafe to continue to participate. Counter-demonstrators were sep-arated off from the public and made to look like we were the problem, when actually our anti-racism is shared by the majority in society.

How can this be overcome?

Far-right groups have been in disarray recently, and have been pushed back by community mobilisations against them. But deepening austerity and anti-immigrant rhetoric from the main political parties and press could allow groupings on the right to grow.

So it is important that the far right is countered whenever is raises its head, sometimes at short notice. The Socialist Party argues that the most important force to mobilise is the working class, and in particular the organised working class in the trade unions.

A massive, united campaign of working class people has the power not only to counter protests by groupings like Britain First and the EDL, but to hold out hope in a real future to those small layers of people who might be attracted to them.

This is why it is so important to build a mass fight to defend the NHS, defeat schools cuts, fight for homes for all and end cuts and privatisation - and to fight for a clear socialist alternative to austerity and racism.

The trade unions should be at the heart of any fight against the far right, making it clear that they stand firmly for defending all sections of our communities against austerity attacks and racism. Imagine the effect if transport workers shut down stations, and if bus drivers, bin workers and fire fighters blocked streets!

This is particularly the case when local communities need to defend themselves from invasion by unwelcome far-right rallies, but also applies in central London. Trade unions could also supply stewards.

Such mobilisations and organisation would give confidence to many more people, including school students and refugees, to participate, and would really put the far right in its place!

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


In The Socialist 5 April 2017:


NHS SOS

Communities and health workers unite to...resist cruel NHS cuts

NHS SOS round-up


What we think

Fight for a socialist Brexit


Socialist Party news and analysis

Fight Tories' callous cuts pushing 200,000 more kids into poverty

Labour group to discipline councillors for resisting Haringey gentrification scheme

Gagged Jobstown defendants defiantly expose the Irish state

Help fund your paper!

Them & Us


Anti-racism

Horrific attack on Croydon asylum seeker

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


Food

What would a socialist food industry look like?


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

TUSC to challenge for the Merseyside 'metro-mayor'

NHS worker to stand for mayor of Doncaster


Socialist Party workplace news

Walkout on three rail networks against driver-only operated trains

Ferrybridge workers protest against 'race to bottom'

Solid Picturehouse picket and protest

Bromley library workers strike against privatisation

Hackney children's inclusion unit forced to strike

Support Len McCluskey and United Left candidates before ballot closes

PCS payday protests


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Homeless due to the housing crisis

Rents up 40% - can't pay, will stay!

Name and shame the worst behaviour by housing associations


International socialist news and analysis

Turkey: Erdogan seeks sweeping dictatorial powers in referendum

Fukushima nuclear disaster - a terrifying legacy

Justice for Yemen workers


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Financial hardship facing millions of cancer sufferers

The Socialist Inbox

Courageous Ebola nurse Salomé Karwah dies


 

Home   |   The Socialist 5 April 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Far right:

triangleHow 'Prevent' training fosters racist paranoia

triangleBending the knee v Trump

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

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

triangleRacist EDL humiliated for third time

Trade unions:

triangleMay 1968: Revolutionary explosion as two thirds of workforce join strike

triangleThousands on TUC demo

triangleWindrush: Whitehall demo shames Tories and Blairites

triangleGender pay gap figures show need for trade union action

Unions:

triangleLeicester socialists fight poverty-paying sweatshops

triangleUse TUC march as launch pad for action on pay

triangleRadiographers' union discusses coordinated action

Racism:

triangleUSA: Defend socialist councillor Kshama Sawant

triangleEnoch Powell's racist 'Rivers of Blood' rant 50 years on

London:

triangleEast London Socialist Party: 'Made in Dagenham' Ford women workers' pay strike 50 years on

Austerity:

triangleLet's sell 1,000 extra copies of issue 1000!

Working class:

triangleLocal election results are a major warning sign for Labour

Refugees:

triangleSupport refugees rights

Policing:

triangleWalkout from undercover policing inquiry

Far-right:

triangleMay's EU speech kicks the can down the road

EDL:

triangleDemonstrators see off far-right in Keighley

Demonstration:

triangleDefend Hull FE College - defend our city!

Anti-racism:

triangleRefugee Rights campaigners on the 17.3.18 anti-racism demo - pics

Fascists:

triangleOpposing the National Front in Grantham

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

23/5/18

Housing

40 attend Socialist Party housing campaign launch in Windsor

23/5/18

Pride

Sheffield Pride organisers defeated in attempt to ban politics

23/5/18

Leicester

Leicester socialists fight poverty-paying sweatshops

23/5/18

The Socialist

Let's sell 1,000 extra copies of issue 1000!

23/5/18

Students

Student leaders claim one million on the streets against Brexit - fight for a workers' exit

23/5/18

Leeds

College staff caught between the devil and the deep blue sea

23/5/18

Harrogate

Services disappearing from Harrogate

23/5/18

Tesco

Solid strike at Tesco Dagenham distribution centre forces pay talks

23/5/18

PCS

PCS conference votes for strike action

23/5/18

Academies

Victory: how school strike beat 'academy' privatisers

23/5/18

Strike

First ever strike at TGI Fridays

23/5/18

Trump

Stop Trump! Build for 13 July student walkouts

16/5/18

TUC

Thousands on TUC demo

16/5/18

Huddersfield

'When we fight, we can win' - campaign halts hospital closure

16/5/18

Walthamstow

Save Our Square takes fight to developers

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


May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999