Fascists fail to show at their own event

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Solidarity with all facing racist violence! Solidarity with the anti-fascits actually fighting ISIS in Rojava!

After a couple of weeks of typing small and threatening words online* – no doubt buoyed up by media coverage of the supposed “islamic extremist threat” to the UK – a South Wales-based fascist group calling itself ‘War Against ISIS’ completely failed to turn up at its inaugural event: ‘we will not let our country be taken over by isis’. They called it at a location where they possibly perceived there to be a well known ISIS presence, given the apocalyptic nature of their ‘worldview’*: Cardiff Central Train Station. When counter-demonstrators from various anti-fascist groups, totalling around 100 – 150 persons, gathered in advance of the promised fascist fighters, we found there to be merely the usual procession of christmas consumers, bustling through in a hurry, barely glancing up in their mad march to the merch. Sure, there were hell of a lot more police than usual and a couple of their put upon horses…

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Antifa occupy the fascists’ meeting point early whilst others scout the area

…waiting. But street-fascist-fighters? Nothing. One or two possible fascists braved making handgestures from quite some distance, slinking along the periphery wordlessly, before disappearing, not to be seen again. A few others maybe made it to the pub; perhaps the real reason for calling the demonstration at the station: it’s proximity to sympathetic drinking establishments, but hardly known for their islamic (extremist) punters. Whether nursing last night’s hangover or terrified at the prospect of facing UAF chants, Red Choir singers and Welsh Antifa, with their new shiny pink banner, the upshot is they did not show, let alone pass. As they put it in their own event description: “we need as many people to be here otherwise it will be pointless”.

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UAF and other anti-fascists

Despite their laughable ineptitude today, it would, however, be a mistake to completely dismiss them as a threat. They did have just over a hundred ‘committing’ to attend the event and around a thousand in their online group. They made links to the South Wales National Front and other violent Hitler-lickers. And we obviously haven’t forgotten that Muslims and mosques are currently being targeted in the physical world. But for the time being, this local group appear to be a sad collection of keyboard and barstool warriors. Let’s keep it that way.

* How they choose to describe themselves: “the government are helping the c*nts they want civil war they need for the start of the new wold order. Civil war is coming and it’s going to last around 20-30 years. We need to get our shit together now before they catch us unprepared and slaughter them all. Apparently 600-1000 refugees are coming to the Caerphilly county area we should do something about it asap !!!!!!!”

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30 – nil: Antifascists on the streets of Merthyr

I ddarllen yr erthygl hon yn y Gymraeg cliciwch yma.

Anti-NF Welcoming Committee

Anti-NF Welcoming Committee

Anti-fascists in Merthyr stood with people from surrounding valleys communities on Monday in a show of force against fascism and racism.

Following recent threats, attacks and attempts to recruit by the boneheaded South Wales National Front, locals called on other antifa to join them to show that there is no welcome for fascist scum in working class areas.

The National Front have been gaining traction in South Wales since the collapse of the BNP and have seen both their membership and levels of activity increase recently. They remain a tiny group of confused men, but as their confidence grows, so does their use of violence.ant

Since 2013 there have been two known violent attacks on migrants by members of neo-Nazi groups in Wales. A few weeks ago the NF attempted to ‘disrupt’ and intimidate a Communist Party meeting in Merthyr which George Galloway was due to attend, returning that weekend to spread their poisonous message in town and distribute their hate-filled propaganda. On Monday Galloway returned to give his speech. We want to make it clear that as antifa we were not there to support him or the Communist Party (with some of us confronting him over his anti-working class views and political ego-boosting), but to defend our own communities which were built by migration.

30 of us met in town, splitting into groups which would watch the entrance to the meeting, the main public transport routes into town, the High Street and pubs. We covered the UntitledNF propaganda that hadn’t already been torn down with antifascist stickers, stopping off at the recently-imposed and seemingly always empty UKIP office on our way. The fascist failed to show.

Valleys Antifa

There was much discussion about the nature of fascism in the valleys and the extent to which force is necessary to combat it. As grassroots anti-fascists, we believe that racism needs to be confronted directly. Standing a mile away from their demonstrations with placards, signing petitions or relying on racist politicians and police achieves nothing.

However, confrontation doesn’t always mean violence. The economic problems in our area mean that a lot of people are looking for alternatives to mainstream politics and, unfortunately, neo-nazi groups like the NF sometimes pretend that they are that alternative. The reality is that they are just a more violent version of the status quo.

The ‘Valleys Frontline Firm’, set up by the National Front to recruit, has had some success in appealing to the disillusioned.

Luke Pippen: The face of British patriotism

Luke Pippen: The face of British patriotism

They were founded by NF Deputy Organiser and violent pulp Luke Pippen, after the leader of the ‘Welsh Alliance’ was outed as a paedophile. Pippen is well-known to antifa organisers in South Wales. He regularly goes to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph, commemorating those who died fighting Nazism, and has tattoos of swastikas and Hitler on his torso. He is hate-filled human slime with a tendency to be violent towards people he sees as ‘different’. It is impossible to ‘talk fascism out of him’. Other means are needed to make sure his agenda is never fulfilled.

Whilst organised racists are active on our streets we must use whatever tactics we can to stop their violence, which means talking to people we think might be tempted by their poison and physically stopping those who try to spread it. We must all be antifa – keeping our eyes open to the potential these people have and preventing them from turning their violence on people with different views and backgrounds.

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All info on local fascists to valleysantifa@riseup.net

To the NF, we say that when you come back to Merthyr for your free buffet in a “local” pub, don’t think that you will be unopposed just because you haven’t told anyone you’re coming. Everyone who bins your leaflets, looks at you with disgust or wonders what such a group of ignorant zombie-clowns are doing in our home is your opposition. Antifa is everyone who confronts you for your backwards views and we are everywhere.

Help keep our streets clean – send any info on fascist activities to valleysantifa@riseup.net