Around 500 anti-fascists marched through Manchester city centre against the racist English Defence League (EDL) last Saturday.
A huge police operation facilitated the protest by some 200 racists, with metal barriers erected around the city.
Days before the protest some 35 religious and political leaders wrote a letter telling people to “ignore” the EDL. But Unite Against Fascism (UAF) activists urged people to take to the streets.
Nahella Ashraf, a local UAF activist and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) council candidate for Longsight, told Socialist Worker, “It seems that city leaders tried to shut down any opposition.
“They have no recognition of how to beat the fascists. Letting Nazis go unopposed goes against everything we know from history.
“But luckily people saw through it. It was a fantastic day and showed what Manchester is really about.”
The day before the demonstration the council voted through a massive budget cuts.
Nahella said, “There weren’t any councillors on our march. People were asking how could they afford to put on a march for the EDL when people are facing huge cuts?”