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Kick fascism off campus

Students at Manchester University have taken the anti-fascist message to their campus – and won. Dave Sewell spoke to Socialist Worker about the campaign.

Issue No. 2130

‘The way to challenge the Nazis is to bring people together. We collected the names of people who wanted to campaign against the BNP at our freshers fair.

We held a Unite Against Fascism (UAF) rally and got people to sign a pledge to be part of fighting against racism and fascism in Manchester.

Representatives from societies in the university, including Labour Students and the Jewish Society attended.

We put a motion to the student union’s general meeting to renew the union’s no platform policy for fascists and members of the BNP.

Only one person spoke against it. He said that even if Hitler wanted a platform in the union he should get one.

This shocked lots of people. When it came to the vote we won by an overwhelming majority.

We won the argument that this wasn’t about an abstract idea of free speech, but about the way that fascism violently crushes the lives and independence of all oppressed groups and anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

This is a victory in keeping racists and fascists off our campuses. The campaign has helped politicise people at our university.’

A student elected onto the union council at Sheffield university has gone to ground after his name appeared on the leaked BNP list of members and supporters.

A meeting of 50 people, including representatives from the Islamic, LGBT, Jewish and black students societies, called for his resignation.

After missing a series of council meetings, the rep has now been deemed to have resigned from his post.

Activists are now planning a no platform policy to prevent fascists from speaking at the university.

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