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Protest opposes the Nazis in Haringey

Issue No. 2409

Some 200 people attended a protest in Tottenham, north London, on Monday night after Nazis attacked a free music festival at the weekend.

A man was stabbed and a Jewish man had his kippah pushed from his head after fascists from Polish group Zjednoczeni Emigranci attacked the festival in Markfield Park on Saturday.

Haringey Unite Against Fascism (UAF) called the protest on Monday night. It was joined by local activists and trade unionists, including from Ealing NUT.

Zjednoczeni Emigranci translates as “United Immigrants”, but Polish immigrants in Tottenham say they do not represent them.

Jacek Szymanski told Socialist Worker, “Polish people have a strong base of anti-fascism in north London.

“Zjednoczeni Emigranci is a result of the neoliberalism which has left a deep mark in Poland, there is high inequality and unemployment. This has led to fascist groups to grow.”

UAF has called a unity event with Love Music Hate Racism in Markfield Park for Saturday of this week, beginning at 3pm.

Jacek said, “The crisis means fascist groups are on the rise around Europe. In France the Front National done well in the elections this year. This gives Nazis confidence.

“The fight against Zjednoczeni Emigranci has to be linked with the wider fight against fascism in Europe.”

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Some 500 anti-fascists outnumbered 30 fascists in Bolton last Saturday.

Members of the British National Party were trying to protest against the rebuilding of a local mosque.

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