The Real BNP

The fascist British National ‘Party’ ‘candidate’ for Romford has been filmed beating up Asian youths in the street after taunting them as ‘robbers’ and threatening them. Boots and fists are the reality behind the lies of the BNP’s absurd fiction of ‘voluntary repatriation’ — you can’t really dignify it with the word ‘policy’.

The lads bravely stood up against the fascists despite being outnumbered. BNP members had been attempting to stir up racist hatred and division in East London before the 6 May general election. Führer Nick Griffin was chased away by locals wielding soft fruits who made it clear that fascist scum are not welcome on their streets.

Prospects For Greece

Socialist Appeal assesses the crisis in Greece.

The Greek workers are clearly not prepared to pay for the crisis of capitalism. According to an opinion poll by Mega, a private Greek television channel, more than 70 per cent of those questioned said they were against the government’s decision to seek help from the IMF.

In another opinion poll published on Sunday it was revealed that 68% of the people are not prepared to accept “sacrifices”, while only 31% were prepared to make some degree of sacrifice. Just one month ago the figures were the opposite, with only 30% refusing outright any sacrifices and about 68% prepared to make some. One interesting, and not unimportant detail was the fact that 80% of the population is predicting social unrest in the next few months.

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An interesting point revealed by the polls is that 60% of the people believe that what is required is a new party. When asked “What kind of party?” the response was either a “genuine” Left or a Social Democratic party. This shows that the swing in society is to the left and not the right. It shows that while there is a desire for radical change, the workers do not find an expression for this in the leaders of the workers’ parties.

SDL Degenerates Into Paranoia

After Saturday’s successful antifascist action on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the so-called ‘Scottish Defence League’ has degenerated into paranoia and back-biting. According to reports they have closed their Facebook and Bebo — Bebo! — sites and from now on will only accept members who are personally vouched for by at least two active fascists, while the location of future meetings will only be revealed to specially vetted members. A section of the SDL membership are convinced that ‘spies’ within their shambolic organisation fed information about their whereabouts on Saturday to antifascists and the police. They display an (even for fascists) shocking lack of self-awareness — specifically that groups of skinhead racist thugs don’t blend into the Scottish ‘scenery’ in any context except an Orange Order ‘walk’ or the supporters of certain football clubs.

The fascist SDL is in disarray — its ability to organise has been severely degraded. The tactic of confrontation not accomodation has been vindicated yet again.

Who Protects The Nazis? The Police Protect The Nazis!

Today nearly a thousand police were deployed on the streets of Edinburgh to protect the racists, football hooligans and nazi scum of the so-called ‘Scottish Defence League’. Hundreds of police were brought into the city from around Scotland and Northeast England to act as hired muscle for rascist, fascist thugs, while thousands of antifascists staged counter-demonstrations around the city.

On the Royal Mile, over 100 police, including helicopters, police intelligence units and camera crews — are you putting that on YouTube pal? — formed four lines across the road either side of Jenny Ha’s pub where fascists were meeting. A Dutch observer shook his head and said ‘this country is gone, this country and America — fucked. They don’t allow fascists to do this sort of thing in civilised countries’.

Behaving in a predictably bone-headed and heavy-handed manner, police kettled hundreds of antifascist demonstrators and local residents for hours, with residents being prevented from entering or leaving, and shop-workers also kept from going to their jobs inside the cordon. Attempts to negotiate their passage through the cordon by neighbours, relatives and colleagues were rebuffed by police. Meanwhile the police personally escorted individual nazis to and from Jenny Ha’s pub through antifascist lines. Starting at two o’clock, SDL members were bused away from the area on chartered public buses under heavy police escort.

While most of the fascists scurried away back to their rat-holes, a few of the criminal scum were brave enough to show their faces on the street, whereupon they set about tearing up placards and attempting to intimidate demonstrators — obviously trying to start fights. The police looked on and did nothing to stop them. Racists are a protected species in Edinburgh. Next time they are called out to pick up the pieces of an Asian or Polish kid murdered by racist thugs, police can reflect upon their contribution to a ‘job well done’.

For a supposedly simple ‘public order’ policing operation, on which the police claimed to be doing nothing more than standing between two opposing groups, there were a great many officers engaged in ‘intelligence gathering’ — photographing and filming antifascists. Police were not observed filming the nazis.

Whose streets? Our streets! The SDL know they can’t come back to Edinburgh without an escort from a thousand of their mates in Lothian and Borders Police.

Southern Italy Like Alabama In 1920s

Scylla and Charybdis were mythical monsters which preyed on sailors passing through the Strait of Messina between Sicily and Calabria.

African migrant workers in Calabria are caught between a modern and very real Scylla and Charybdis. One one side is the parasitic criminal organisation known as the ‘Ndrangheta, which profits from the super-exploitation of low-paid migrant labour, on the other is the motley, corrupt gang of chancers and rebranded fascists which constitutes the Italian governing coalition.

Race riots in the Calabrian town of Rosarno have resulted in the detention or relocation — ‘for their own safety’ — of more than a thousand African migrant workers. Residents of Rosarno indiscriminately attacked migrants with metal bars and wooden clubs after the workers organised a protest against poor working conditions, unpaid wages, racist attacks and shootings. Italian centre-left MP Jean-Léonard Touadi said Rosarno, now a whites-only town, is ‘like Alabama in the 1920s’.

Italian interior minister Maroni of Lega Nord, a party described as ‘openly embracing racist and fascist’ attitudes, blamed the workers for their own predicament, while other rightwingers cried that nobody asked the Africans to come to Italy: the ‘free’ flow of capital and resources is in one direction only, from the poor and the marginalised to the rich and light-skinned bosses of Fortress Europe and Fortress America.