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As far right rise in Europe, and Tories and Ukip attack migrants—build the fight against racism

Issue No. 2532

Protesters demonstrating outside the US embassy in response to Donald Trumps election

Protesters demonstrating outside the US embassy in response to Donald Trump's election (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Racist and far right parties across Europe are trying to follow Donald Trump’s success in the US.

Anti-migrant, anti-abortion, anti-NHS Paul Nuttall, the new Ukip leader, hopes to patch up the racist party’s recent splits. He is pitched as someone who can reach out to embittered workers—but his agenda would mean disaster for the working class.

It would further divide us in the face of attacks from the rich and the bankers.

In Austria the Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer has his second attempt at becoming president this weekend.

Marine Le Pen of the Front National is expected to reach the final round of the French presidential race next year.

Hofer and Le Pen are more than just vile bigots and ruling class thugs.

They are using their votes to build up fascist organisations that, if not confronted, could replicate the horrors of the 1930s. The French Tory candidate chosen last week to run against

Le Pen, Francois Fillon, has built his campaign around copying her ideas.

He combines an anti-gay, anti-Muslim agenda with promises to smash workers’ conditions and organisation.

Promises

Here Theresa May has made promises to cut immigration one of her key priorities.

Shamefully even in Labour many leading figures have called for taking a tougher anti-immigration line.

We need a movement against capitalism’s despair, built on workers’ unity, not bosses’ scapegoating.

The growing acceptance of racist myths and repression—particularly against immigrants and Muslims—is our enemies’ chief weapon.

But the vast majority of people are horrified by far right groups and violence against migrants.

They can be won to an anti-racist movement.


Stand Up To Racism—dates for your diary

  • Saturday 10 December Winter Appeal for Refugees, including delegation to Calais
  • Friday 20 January Protests across Britain as Donald Trump is inaugurated US president.

  • Saturday 4 February trade union conference

  • Saturday 18 March National demonstrations against racism

Go to standuptoracism.org.uk for details


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