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Statement

FOLLOWING AN attempt to violently disrupt a meeting at the European Social Forum (ESF) called to discuss anti-fascism, Weyman Bennett, the moderator of the session, issued the following statement:

Issue No. 1924

‘On Saturday evening a group who have not participated in the ESF stormed the stage of the anti-fascist plenary session of the ESF, punched the chair and stole his mobile phone.

This behaviour is totally unacceptable and self evidently in total violation of the principles of the ESF.

Violent attacks on the movement suppress freedom of speech and risk providing pretexts for other outside forces to intervene in the movement.

This was all the more unacceptable as it was an entirely white group attacking a black and Jewish platform.

The organisers knew of the call by the people claiming to be the Wombles, and others, for people to storm the ESF on Saturday evening and, having discussed this with a number of delegations, had agreed that this group would be admitted to the building, and allowed to make their protest and explain their views.

This is what happened, and when the police arrived at the building they were asked not to intervene by the organisers of the ESF, and they left the building.’


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