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Anti-racists get organised to say no to the racist DFLA in Manchester on Saturday

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2606

Part of a Football Lads Alliance protest in London last October

Part of a Football Lads Alliance protest in London last October (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Anti-racists plan to protest against the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) in Manchester on Saturday.

The DFLA is trying to whip up hatred against Muslims on the one-year anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing.

The coalition of socialists, trade unionists and others that outnumbered a Manchester march by the Football Lads Alliance earlier this month has come together again.

Nahella Ashraf from Stand Up To Racism Manchester said activists had to “redouble our efforts” to take on the larger threat of the DFLA.

“Only then can we be sure that we’ve turned the tide against the racism of the FLA and DFLA,” she said.

The anti-racist’s supporters include Labour MPs Kate Green, Andrew Gwynne and Barbara Keeley, and MEPs Julie Ward and Wajid Khan. The leader of Labour-run Manchester City Council Richard Leese and dozens of national and regional unions also back it.

And Dan Hett, the brother of one of the people who died in the Manchester attack, has come out against the far right march.

Dan previously slammed the groups for “shamelessly hijacking the anniversary of the attacks to peddle their racist, Islamophobic views”.

Bigot

The DFLA’s march will be a rallying point for every racist, bigot and Nazi. They see it as an opportunity to regroup the forces of the British far right.

This threat was underlined after hundreds marched in central London in support of fascist poster-boy Tommy Robinson last Sunday.

They are enraged that Robinson was arrested and given a 13-month prison sentence after filming outside Leeds court last Friday.

His aim was to use a child sexual exploitation trial to push the lie that abuse is specific to Muslim men.

The march to “Free Tommy” brought together Nazis, racists and some young people who identify with Donald Trump and the US alt right.

It was called by far right blogger Vinnie Sullivan who rails against the “threat of anarcho-communism”.

Ukip leader Gerrard Batten spoke to a section of the march at a rally.

The DFLA is acting as a bridge between Nazis and Ukip. The whole of the left must take the threat of the DFLA seriously.

That means building a movement that mobilises against it and takes on the racism from politicians and the press that fuels it.


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