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Racists humiliated in Dundee and Croydon

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2374

Locals opposed racists in Croydon last week

Locals opposed racists in Croydon last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Anti-racists in Dundee and London scored victories over the Scottish Defence League (SDL) and British National Party (BNP) last Saturday.

In Dundee, around 300 anti-racists joined a Unite Against Fascism (UAF) counter demonstration opposing a protest by the Scottish Defence League (SDL). The SDL only managed to gather 50 on its protest, largely composed of racist thugs from the north east of England.

Anti-racists carried banners from the UCU, PCS, Unison and EIS unions.

Scottish National Party MP Stewart Hosie and Scottish Labour Party councillor Georgia Cruickshank addressed the demonstration.

Cops failed to stop racists from jumping out of their coach and attacking two UAF protesters. Police officers also tried to arrest an anti-fascist for covering the lower part of his face, but were stopped when UAF organisers intervened.

Meanwhile the BNP was humiliated in Croydon, south London, as around 100 anti-fascists turned out to oppose a protest by some 30 fascists.

Asylum

The BNP staged an anti-immigration demo outside Lunar House, a Home Office building, which is the first port of call for most asylum seekers. UAF and Croydon Trades Council organised a counter-demonstration.

Andrew, an NHS worker and Croydon resident, came to the demo after taking a leaflet just before the protest began.

He told Socialist Worker, “This is my first demo. When I heard the BNP was coming here I said, ‘I’m not having that.’ I’ve never experienced racism from people in Croydon, it’s too multicultural.”

The BNP demo was made up of members from the English Volunteer Force (EVF), English Defence League (EDL), Combat 18 and the National Front.

Cops stopped some local young people from joining the anti-fascist demo. One told Socialist Worker, “My mate got fined £180 for calling the BNP racist bastards as we walked past.”

Former BNP candidate for the Mayor of London, Carlos Cortiligia, tried to give a speech on a megaphone. Anti-racists drowned him out with chants of, “We are Croydon, you are scum”.

Anti-fascists in Liverpool and Bradford are now gearing up to march against fascism this Saturday. In Bradford, UAF and We Are Bradford have called a counter demonstration to the EDL’s plans to march in the city.

And in Liverpool, the Unite union has called a March Against Fascism in the city, two years after the EDL attacked its offices there.

Unite Against the EDL - Saturday 12 October, 11am, Centenary Square, Bradford
Don’t let the haters win – join the march against fascism. Saturday 12 October, assemble William Brown Street, Liverpool 3 at 12 noon
uaf.org.uk

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Tue 8 Oct 2013, 16:32 BST
Issue No. 2374
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