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Prague anti-racists block Nazi march

by Jan Májícek in Prague
Issue No. 2463

More than 500 people outnumbered two racist protests in Prague, the Czech Republic, last Saturday.

The rallies were organised by the Islamophobic We Don’t Want Islam in the Czech Republic group and the fascist National Democracy party and mustered 400 between them.

We Don’t Want Islam has become the most prominent racist organisation in recent months, by exploiting the media panic about migrant quotas.

The police were forced to divert the Islamophobic march because of our blockade.

The racists verbally attacked two women for wearing headscarves. But instead of stopping the attack, the police removed the women to “protect them”.

Some of the racists then joined the second National Democracy rally.

Our chants managed to disrupt the fascists’ speeches. Yet the situation became critical when the fascists declared their intention to march through our blockade.

The cops threatened to send in the riot cops if we didn’t withdraw and let the fascists march. But to chants of “No, no, no pasaran” and “Fascists–off our streets”, we sat down and stopped them marching.

The fascists hurled flashlights onto us. But our persistence forced the cops to make a narrow route around our blockade and let the fascists scuttle home in pairs.

They were shamefully protected by the police–but humiliated. We did not let them march.

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Tue 21 Jul 2015, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2463
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