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.
More groups are planning travel, so if you’re interested in that or in meetup times and locations, keep an eye here, on our facebook page or our twitter.
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.”