Socialist Worker

Bad day for Nazis in South Wales and Yorkshire

by Martin Chapman and Jeff Hurford
Issue No. 2497

Taking on the EDL’s racism in Rotherham

Taking on the EDL’s racism in Rotherham (Pic: Neil Terry)

Over 500 people protested against the Nazi National Front (NF) in Swansea last Saturday.

The NF only mustered 25 knuckle-draggers for 40 minutes to their “White Pride” protest.

Chants of “Nazi scum—off our streets” and “Refugees welcome here” summed up the anti-fascist demonstrators’ feelings.

People were angered that the NF had chosen to hold their event in Swansea for the fourth year in a row.

Anti-fascists held a two-week festival celebrating Swansea’s multiculturalism in the run-up to last Saturday.

It included a Stand Up to Racism rally, two Love Music Hate Racism gigs, a film show, poetry readings and lots of leafleting and similar events. Organisation

People didn’t just come from Swansea. There was a coach load from Cardiff and individuals came from all over south and west Wales.

A broad range of political and community organisations and unions, including the Unison union, were involved in making the day a success.

And it was particularly welcome to see a stall from Swansea Mosque.

Speakers included two Labour MPs, Plaid Cymru and Green Party representatives.

A striking PCS union member from the National Museum of Wales also spoke.

Anti-racists take on EDL in Rotherham

Anti-fascists faced down racist English Defence League (EDL) supporters in Rotherham last Saturday.

Around 70 people from across South Yorkshire joined Rotherham Unite Against Fascism’s (UAF) demonstration.

This matched the EDL, which had to rely on supporters from across Britain.

It was the 15th Nazi incursion in two years as they try to whip up racism over the child sex abuse scandal that hit the town (see page 17).

An increase in racist attacks has followed, including the murder of 81 year old Mushin Ahmed last August.

Phil Turner from Rotherham UAF said, “We saw the Nazis off yet again.

“The link to racist violence and fascists coming into Rotherham is clear.

“We believe there is a real danger to the safety of the local Asian population. We say, ‘No more racist murders, justice for child sex exploitation victims.

“Enough is enough, Nazis out of Rotherham’.”

Speakers at the rally included representatives from the Support the Rotherham 12 Defence Campaign, local Labour councillors and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

A number of union banners were displayed in support.Trade union speakers included members of Unison, the NUT, NUJ and Barnsley and Chesterfield trades councils.

Anti-fascists are planning to march against the Nazis in Dover on Saturday.

Kent Anti Racism Network has called the counter demo. Unite Against Fascism is backing it and is organising transport from London.

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