On Saturday the racist and fascist supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) will try to march through Bolton city centre to spread violence and intimidation.
Our job is to stop them.
Activists in Bolton have put out a statement asking everyone to join the Unite Against Fascism counter-protest.
Whenever the racists and Nazis try to rise, there are key moments which decide whether they are able to spread their poison wider or whether they are halted.
One such moment was the Battle of Cable Street in 1936, when anti-fascists stopped a march through London’s East End by the British fascists – Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts.
Anti-fascists Max Levitas and Alice Hitchen, now both in their 90s, were at Cable Street – and they want you to protest against the EDL this Saturday.
“We have to stop the fascists and the racists,” Max told Socialist Worker. “We need public meetings and agitation in the communities and in the workplaces. But we also need to confront them on the streets.”
Alice Hitchen said, “Cable Street knocked the Blackshirts’ confidence. They never tried to march through Whitechapel again. That is why it is essential to fight today’s rascists and fascists – you’ve got to stand up to them, and stop them from marching.
“The police said don’t march in the 1930s as well. There were huge arguments at the time against confronting them.
“My father was a Jewish immigrant who escaped from the Baltic in a hay cart – he knew from experience what the pogroms in eastern Europe were like and he was terrified.
He said, “‘Keep your head down, and keep out of the way. If you ignore them and laugh at them they will go away.’
“But we knew that staying at home wasn’t the answer.”
“If you do nothing, you strengthen the fascists,” says Max. “Look what happened in Germany! We know now what fascism does when it’s in power.
“We have to make a stand against racism and fascism in Bolton. We’ve got to protest. Whoever you are – if you’re against fascism, come!”
Assemble 11 am Victoria Square, Bolton Saturday 20 March for more info go to » www.uaf.org.uk
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