Operation Nexus, an initiative between the police and the Home office to deport foreign nationals( EU and Non EU) who’ve committed a serious offence, is increasingly being used to deport people for petty crimes and even for rough sleeping.
This is just another way that the State brings the border and its racist logics into our everyday life’s ! The true criminals are the ones who maintain the racist and murderous border regime !
No Borders !
Noise Demo this Friday against Operation Nexus and deportations.
The demo against the Property Developer Awards – suported by Sexual Avengers, A.N.A.L, S.H.A, Class War and various others – took place yesterday (April 4th). Developers had paid £400 a head and up to £10,000 a table to attend the Awards, a gross meet-up for London’s top gentrifiers.
Several pigs vans and a few pigs soon arrived to protect the property developers, who cowered behind them as they entered. The front entranced was successfully closed for a number of hours.
Flyers handed out read:
The Housing Crisis is killing queer people!
We demand Social Housing built for need not greed!
We demand Queer-Specific Homeless Services and an end to inner-city luxury developments!
We demand the scrapping Help to Buy and Right to Buy!
We demand a Rent Cap!
We also demand you stop this celebration, held on the dead and dying bodies of our brothers and sisters and non-binary allies!
Because but not exclusive to:
1/4 of the UK’s Homeless Children are LGBTQ!
1/5 of Trans People have been denied housing because of their identity!
1/4 of Trans Homeless People have been sexually assaulted in a shelter!
1/4 of Queer People have suffered from domestic abuse!
This is just a start as we fight to stop Gentrafication and those set out to profit from the poor and homeless.
London in the midst of a housing crisis. Since 2010 the number of people rough sleeping across England has more than doubled, jumping by 16% between the years of 2015 and 2016 alone. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: over 275,000 people approach local authorities in 2016 for homelessness assistance. Rents are soaring; housing being built is unaffordable to all aside from the richest few; stability and security are nowhere to be found.
Much worse is to come and another protest in Camden .
Tuesday the 4th of April
86 – 90 Park Lane
This year the awards are sponsored by multi-national property parasites Savills and costs £400 a ticket.
Once again the profiteers of gentrification will be back at the 5 star luxury Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane.
London is en route to becoming a playground for the rich elite – a process expedited by property developers in collusion with government and corrupt local authorities – ‘regeneration’ is the buzz-word.
Assessing every possible opportunity for expensive, luxury flats to be built, property developers are buying up social and private housing and commercial spaces to ensure maximum profit at whatever cost. The social cost of this process is that poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable people/groups are being evicted, made homeless and are relocated.
These parasites care only for the profits and London’s attraction to the global financial elite is leading them to convert living spaces, social amenities and community assets into soulless investment opportunities which serve none but a tiny, privileged minority.
They are contributing to rising rents and a shortage of social housing, to the closure of libraries and social centres, the demolition of pubs and clubs. They are complicit in a process of social cleansing, by which London is becoming off-limits to the families and communities that have lived here for generations, and built its reputation as the UK’s diverse and vibrant capital.
WE CANNOT ALLOW THEM TO CONGRATULATE THEMSELVES WITHOUT SHOWING OUR OPPOSITION.
TIME TO CRASH THE PARTY!
( Shut Down The Property Awards 2017. Tuesday 4th April, Park Lane at 6.00pm )
April the 1st (an appropriate date for them to hold a march), In light if recent events in London, various right wing groups have tried to capitalise on it and called there own march right away calling it “March Against Terrorism”.
Originally called by Britain First it said over 700 going and nearly 2k interested but this was far from what we saw on the streets with no less than 200 showing up with more flags than people they were met and was far outnumbered by various antifasists groups.
Thanks to all the squatters, homless and travellers that managed to come down on the day, managed not to get kettled, intimadated and were on the streets till late that night also the NFA-AF members who made sure they got home “safely”.
LONDON ANTIFASCIST NETWORK – http://www.facebook.com/events/231936000613581
12pm Meet up outside (The National Gallery) Trafalgar Square.
The Anti-Fascist Network asked anti-fasists from around London/The UK to gather up to let the fascists know that the recent attack in Westminster will not be used to push there racist and political adgena.
AFN are calling a demo to Stop Britain First, Pie and Mash and EDL (English Defence League) just to name a few. They are asking for people and supporters to use the slogan “They Shall Not Pass!” and “Crush the fascists”.
The meeting place is 12pm outside The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square where there will be other anti-fascists ready and waiting ready to move.
As always cover up, stay vigilant and in a group or with friends. SEE YOU ON THE STREETS !!
We stand with any and all anti-fascists who want to see fascism defeated by any means necessary.
Block the streets, they will not pass.
The English Defence League’s co-founder and former leader Tommy Robinson has found himself trading tweets with Birmingham based grime artist Jaykae.
It all started when Jaykae sent out this tweet:
…which lead to Tommy Robsinson tweeting this video:
..to which Jaykae replied:
Which led to Jaykae posting a whatsapp message and Tommy Robinson s number (which has now changed).
Jaykae suggested the idea of the two getting in the ring for charity – which isn’t the worst idea if they want to settle their difference, but can you see it actually happening?
The Scottish far-right suffered their biggest defeat on the streets in seven years in Edinburgh yesterday afternoon, as anti-fascists continually impeded their movements and refused to obey police instructions. This culminated in dramatic scenes as the 30 or so ‘White Pride’ marchers were forced into a humiliating climb down – quite literally – as police held them within the Scotsman steps while waiting for reinforements to arrive at the ground floor and clear their exit. As horses charged anti-fascists on North Bridge, other groups on Market Street began pelting the Nazis with eggs, as they cowered behind police within the Edwardian walkway.
When time was up for the Nazis, the police faced an enormous challenge in how to get rid of them. Dozens of officers were drafted in, forming a tight kettle around the 30 or so fascists. They were marched from Hunter Square on to the Royal Mile, and then on to North Bridge. Anti-fascists ran down the street, taunting them as they went, as police horses were brought in to try and maintain control.
Funnelling the fash into the Scotsman Steps, which span four storeys between Market St and North Bridge, the police found themselves with nowhere to take them. Another group of anti-fascists had assembled at the foot of the steps, pelting the Nazis with eggs as they were marched down the Lord of the Rings-eqsue tower.
From there, the police began threatening anyone with arrest if they followed the fash kettle along Market Street. Eventually, they were dispersed in small groups into Waverley Station and taken out of the city.
The challenge for anti-fascists is now to ensure that the networks which successfully confronted the white pride demo yesterday are consolidated and built upon. The tactics of UAF – which put the notion of outnumbering the fascists above all else – have, over many years, made only a minor impact on the ability of fascists to organise on our streets. What was shown in Edinburgh on Saturday was that even small numbers operating autonomously can be far more effective. We need to learn the lessons of the Battle of Scotsman Steps.
Original Article – athousandflowers.net
Video – ttps://youtu.be/iIHOhSNF02k
On Saturday up to 200 fascists made it to Dover for their advertised march against migrants. Antifascists substantially outnumbered them: although not enough to stop the nazis marching and holding a rally at a seafront roundabout, with the help of police. The day saw bloody clashes both in the streets of Dover and at Maidstone service station on the road there.
In Dover, the counter-protest organised by Kent Anti Racist Network (fakebook page) alongside the Antifascist Network involved an early town centre rally, attended by Labour politician Diane Abbott. Antifascists then attempted to block the fascist route from their advertised meet-up point at Dover Priory train station.
The fascists assembled, giving Hitler salutes and waving a multi-cultural mix of British union jacks and German 3rd Reich flags. Bricks and bottles flew, followed by hand to hand fighting as the police lines broke. However, riot cops were then able to regain control of the situation using vans and dogs, and pushed the march ahead. In the end, around 100 fascists gathered by the seafront for drunken speeches baying for refugees’ blood, while some others skulked in little gangs around town.
Pic: final fascist rally seen from above.
Our side was short of five coachloads of antifascists from London who decided to make a stop at Maidstone service station on the way down. A coach of neonazis also halted at the same time and place, and a scrap ensued. Some heads and coaches got smashed, apparently including a tour bus of Russian schoolkids targeted by the nazis. Police arrived and held everyone in place for six hours as they “investigated”. There were ten arrests at Maidstone (largely nazis we understand); one nazi scrawled a swastika in his own blood on a coach, and police seized a stash of knives and other weapons from the fascist coach.
It’s worth remembering that the numbers of fascists on this demo was much lower than just a few years ago when the EDL could get out 1000 and more. On the other hand, it’s true that the level of violence was relatively high compared to most recent UK demos. Many of the fascists involved were of the openly Nazi variety, groups such as Combat 18 and National Action alongside the reincarnated National Front (NF). The gloves were off, they came equipped and well up for bloodshed.
Of course, talk of “violence” is very much relative. We are still some way from seeing the kind of organised fascist force that is now becoming an everyday reality even in much of western europe, from Athens to Stockholm to a few miles across the channel in Calais. With the tide of anti-migrant hatred rising, most probably we ain’t seen nothing yet. This is the time we are living, and no one will deal with it except us getting organised and taking the fight back to them.
This Saturday, another fascist march is planned in Birmingham. This will be the launch of a UK offshoot of the German racist front Pegida, headed up by former English Defence League (EDL) frontman Tommy Robinson. The march has been banned from Birmingham city centre, and will be held on the outskirts: meeting at Birmingham International train station for a mile-long walk to a car park. Midlands Anti-Fascists have called a counter-demo to block the march; while, in a customary show of irrelevance, some liberal anti-racists will hold a rally far away in the town centre.
Pegida UK seeks to present itself as a non-nazi group that just doesn’t like muslims. It has called on the BNP and NF to stay away, and says it will march in silence without sieg-heiling or racist chants. This is much the same line the EDL used to take. It gives a veneer of respectability that allows their more mainstream backers and allies to stay onside, but of course never actually stops others in the fascist ranks from going on the rampage.
As the anti-fascist mobilisation against the neo-Nazi National Front in Dover gets closer, we share the latest update on the counter-demo and travel to it from the Anti-Fascist Network – and earlier one from London Anti-Fascists on the importance of the day:
“On Saturday 30 January neo-Nazis and violent racists from across the UK will head to the coastal town of Dover for an anti-refugee protest. Far-right groups are trying to exploit the “migrant crisis” to whip up racial hatred and bring about ever-harsher controls on those coming to the UK.
Across Europe the far-right have been organising against refugees and encouraging governments to increase their hostility to migrants. While governments close borders with fences and batons to keep those in need out, fascists fire bomb refugee housing. In the UK fascists have tried to organise their own patrols of trucks entering the country, looking for migrants.
This will be the fourth far-right protest to take place in Dover in the last two years. In September an anti-refugee protest in Dover saw more than 200 neo-Nazis rampage through the town calling for the border to be closed. They tried to attack anti-fascists, throwing bricks into crowds including pregnant women and elderly people. Anti-fascists were more than capable of defending ourselves, but the demo served as a reminder to take seriously the threat of fascist violence.
During this time, immediately across the channel, migrants living miserably in ‘the Jungle’ have to endure sadistic attacks from fascist and the police on a regular basis. As usual, the nationalist far-right took advantage of a series of extremely saddening events to spread its xenophobic venom among people and to scare an economically shaken French working class, viciously achieving historic gains in December’s regional elections.
We are calling on anti-fascists from across Europe to join us in organising mass opposition to the anti-refugee protest on Saturday 30 January, to show solidarity with migrants and prevent an escalation of racist violence.
This mobilisation is part of the global struggle between those who wish to see the murderous divisions of nations, borders, and class further entrenched and fortified with razor wire and racist rhetoric – and those who fight for freedom of movement and solidarity among the exploited, oppressed and excluded of the world.
We will be standing with Kent Anti-Racist Network and a growing list of trade union and community organisations to show working class resistance to the neo-Nazis. A victory in Dover on Saturday 30 January will be a victory for the range of movements involved in this fight back.
Organise, make plans, spread the word and see you on the streets!
Well, since we announced the demonstration in Dover on January 30th, a lot has happened. Lots of groups have organised transport, and the day is shaping up to be a good one.
London Antifascists have announced they’re running coaches to Dover on the day. If you want a seat with them, email ldnantifascists[at]riseup[dot]net with the subject line “Coaches2Dover“. Facebook event here.
Brighton Antifascists have also organised a coach for the day. If you live in the area and want to travel with them email brightonantifascists[at]riseup[dot]net with the subject line “BRIGHTON2DOVER“. Cost will be £10 waged or £5 unwaged. Facebook event here.
Manchester Antifascists are organising transport and accomodation for anyone who wants to travel with them. They’ll be leaving Friday eve and getting back Sunday lunch time. Cost is approximatly £15-20. Email them atManchesterantifascists[at]riseup[dot]net before 16th Jan if you’re interested. Facbook event here.
The group “Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants” have also announced a bloc on the demo, and are also looking at transport options and meetup times/locations. For more info, keep an eye on their facebook event here.
See you on the streets
UPDATE // UPDATE // UPDATE
Berkshire & Oxfordshire
Berkshire Antifascists and Oxford Antifascists have teamed up and are now offering travel from Reading and Oxford. If you want to travel with them, emailberksantifa[at]riseup[dot]net for costs and meet up points. If you’re looking for more info and updates, they’ve set up a facebook event here.
Brighton Antifascists have announced that they’re holding a public meeting in the run-up to Dover. It’s gonna be on the 19th January in the Cowley Club at 12 London Road, and they’ve got speakers from the Kent Anti-Racism Network and the Hummingbird Project (a Brighton based refugee aid group). You’ll also be able to pick up tickets for their coach to Dover in person if email isn’t your thing. It’s shaping up to be a cracker of a night. There’s a facebook event here.”
Despite their internet threats few racists showed up and those few from Calaisiens en Colere hid behind their cars in the parking lot throughout. The demo was angry and loud in the face of the CRS (French riot police), who uphold the racist border regime, regularly violently attacking migrants and protecting the fascists.
The fascist presence in Calais remains dangerously strong. Fascists attacking the road outside the camp every night intimidating migrants and their comrades with knives, explosives and pellet guns. Since 1st October at least 9 refugees have been gassed and beaten after being abducted in the night. In the past 3 days people in the jungle have increasingly resisted fascist and police attacks, with another being quickly defeated and the fascists beaten away on January 5th.
We will continue to fight until our friends are free and the racist discrimination of borders is destroyed. Solidarity with all those fighting fortress Europe!