June 09, 2009

Lancaster unites against the nazi BNP

Part of yesterday's impromptu anti-fascist demo in Lancaster
This article was submitted by one of our readers, Barry Kade. We welcome any contributions from our supporters (as long as those contributions conform to the law and are in reasonably good taste). Please send your articles to us via email.

As people finished work on Monday evening a crowd began to gather in Lancaster's Dalton Square, where they soon began to line the edge of the city's busy one-way traffic system. Hastily-made placards were passed around and held aloft.

By 6pm, a headcount revealed that over one hundred local people were now gathered. What was happening was a sudden and spontaneous outpouring of popular anger, sparked by that morning's news - a notorious Nazi extremist had taken a Euro MP's seat for our region. A megaphone arrived and rousing anti-fascist speeches filled the air, invoking the memory of our ancestors who sacrificed themselves in the battles to stop fascist rule in Europe. As the numbers swelled people stood on traffic islands and roadsides holding aloft signs that said 'Stop the BNP' and 'Unite Against Fascism'.

Lancaster folk united in their opposition to the nazi BNP
What was amazing about this gathering was that it had been announced only a few hours before. Word got out via SMS text messages, facebook and email, spreading rapidly around networks of families and friends. People had woken up that morning to hear the dismal news of Nick Griffins elevation to the EU gravy train. You can tell when people are really angry when sizeable protests seem to come out of nowhere, and take a only few hours instead of weeks to organise. It was like this with the poll tax and the build up to the Iraq war. People seem to be desperately seeking an outlet for their opposition, concern and rage, and take to the streets almost instantly. The same was also happening at the same time across the North West and Yorkshire, with reports of 2,000 gathering in Manchester, and many other hastily called protests each growing hundreds strong in Preston, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield.

For there is a rising level of anger in this country. It is more than anger against the sick politics of the BNP. It is also anger against the degeneration and corruption of our political life that has lead to this humiliating spectacle - of Britain sending two Holocaust-denying, Hitler loving Nazis as our representatives to the European Parliament - on the very 65th anniversary of our victory over the Nazi war machine!

Yet the BNP still only have support from a small minority of the population. They only received 6.2% of the Euro-election vote across Britain and the actual number of votes they got went down this year. The BNP have experienced no great surge of support, even though Britain is in such a deep economic and political crisis, for while the majority of people have heard their siren calls, they have firmly rejected them. The real shift in this election is the collapse of the Labour Party and its vote, paying the price of years of betraying its grassroots voters, of putting profit before people and selling its soul to big business, war, and greed. Yet still people retch and recoil from the BNP, choosing either UKIP for an anti EU protest because of its lack of Nazi background, or the Greens for a leftish alternative to Labour.

It is worth noting that in the total vote for these Euro elections across Britain, the Green Party polled more than the BNP, receiving 8.6%. It also saw a bigger increase in its vote than the Nazis. It achieved this while standing on its most left-wing yet 'green new deal' platform, which proposes to create a million new green jobs. However, in the North West region, the vote panned out at 8% for the BNP, which due to the proportion of parties and seats, let them scrape in by the tiny margin of just a few thousand votes, only narrowly beating the Greens.

More protestor's at Lancaster's Dalton Square yesterday
Now the fear is that Griffin and fellow ex-National front leader Andrew Brons can leap on the EU gravy train. By linking up with dodgy Nazi groups from Hungary, France, Italy and elsewhere, Griffin can now get millions of Euros of taxpayers money to spend on spreading his poisonous gospel of race war into our communities. As the ordinary people of Britain we face enough problems - we live in fear of job losses, home repossessions, attacks on our rights to pensions, we face being ripped off by greedy bankers and corrupt politicians. Yet now we face another threat, an additional problem - Nazi politicians like Griffin trying to elbow their way into the scene.

But today's protests revealed another side to the situation. Thousands of people are willing to stand up and fight, to oppose the BNP and drive it back. Every advance made by the BNP will generate increased resistance: the more serious a threat it appears to be, the more the anti-fascist majority will want to fight it back. The fascists shall not pass. We shall never surrender; we will never let their jackboot settle upon our necks.

Barry Kade's blog is here.


Anonymous said...

Spontaneous community action made possible by advancing technology - this is the politics of the future. Well done on a brilliant initiative, here's to many more.

Anonymous said...

Well done Lancaster!

Anonymous said...

Great to see all these spontaneous demos all over the place.

Pete Green said...

Who blurred out the dog's face, LOL? Love it!

James said...

Great demo, great article and great pictures. Thumbs up to all concerned!!!

Anonymous said...

"Spontaneous community action made possible by advancing technology - this is the politics of the future. Well done on a brilliant initiative, here's to many more."


Lancaster Lad said...

Well done chaps. :)

Anonymous said...

Someone over the road yelled "you should protest against the government", and although we MUST protest against fascism and the BNP, we should also have something better to say than "vote anybody but BNP". Let's face it politicians have never been more despised and mistrusted and voting for another bunch doesn't really help those faced with recesion and cuts. The same heckler also shouted "who should we vote for?" and someone answered "Socialist Labour Party". Surely if you are going to descend into electoral challenges to the BNP we should have voted tactically for the Greens. The SLP vote in the north west transfered across to the Greens would have seen off Griffin. Something to remember next time! In the meantime we need to spread the word in our communities and workplaces the fascism and the BNP offer us nothing. We need to build real campaigns of resistance against the government and the rotten system they support.

Rant over! The demo was a great response yesterday. Spontaneous community action to say that "Griffin does not represent us"

Dave said...

"Who blurred out the dog's face"

LOL Didn't spot that. Oh well, at least it'll be safe from the fash. :)

Gary Glitter said...

Has Peado Boy taken over the BNP yet?

If so, all those white supremacist parents at the next "Dead Shite and Poo" BNP conference should keep a close eye on their little kiddies as they walk past Collett's tent.


Martin B said...

I liked it when the guy on the megaphone shouted "What do we want?" and a woman from an upstairs flat across the road yelled back "Peace and quiet". Fucking funny. Of course she does live on one of the noisiest roads in Lancaster so she should be used to it. A great demo anyway, and loads of kudos to the organisers, Lancaster Unity I presume.