Oppose the far right in Plymouth 25th January 2018

Another one for Tomorrow, a very busy day!

The hair’s real, apparently.

25 January at 19:00–22:00 at the weston mill pub. 57 Bridwell Road, Plymouth, PL5 1AB

facebook event
Anne Marie Waters, a far-right Islamophobe, is planning on addressing a meeting in Plymouth of a group calling itself “For Plymouth”, the local branch of her “For Britain” party. They are meeting on Thursday 25th January.

Anne Marie Waters is friends with former EDL leader Tommy Robinson, who has endorsed her new party, and she was the co-leader of Pegida UK, the British arm of the Muslim-bashing German street movement.


From Sussex Kurdish Community

Churchill Square, Brighton, Thursday 25 January 2018 12pm
The Fascist Turkish State has begun its threatened invasion of Afrin in Rojava/Northern Syria. 72 Turkish fighter jets have been bombing Afrin since 4pm Saturday, many civilians including children have been killed!
We must defend Afrin with the spirit of the Kobane resistance!
We call on people in solidarity with the Kurdish struggle to protest and condemn this genocidal invasion.

Stop Turkey`s war on the Kurds and #DefendAfrin

The seven year long internal conflict in Syria turned into an international war, which resulted in the killings of hundreds of thousands of people and the displacement of millions, was almost nearing an end. The Turkish government under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, together with Al Qaeda (Heyet Tahrir El Şam), ISIS and with other Salafist groups are now preparing a military operation to attack Afrin, a Kurdish city (canton) in Northern Syria. This will mean a new bloody conflict that would drag the region into a renewed catastrophe, inflicting hunger, killing more children, displacing the local population and another international humanitarian crisis. Under international law this action is defined as an “operation for invasion”.

In 2017, Raqqa, the capital city of so-called ISIS, was liberated by an international coalition that included the SDF (made up of Kurdish and Arabic forces). This was the start of the end of ISIS. This new situation of ending the horrific war raging through Syria, finally led to a political dialogue for a possible solution for peace in the region. Any Turkish military attacks on the Kurdish city of Afrin will only initiate the start of yet another bloody conflict.

The safest and the most stable areas of Syria, are those regions that are now under the administrations of Kurds and their allies. One of these cantons is Afrin. Afrin became a safe haven from the begining of this war, freed from any conflict and war.

Neither Afrin Canton, nor the other northern Syrian Kurdish regions, have ever attacked or threatened to attack Turkey. In fact, Turkey has constantly threatend and attacked the villages and localities several times in recent years. The legal definition of Turkey’s actions, in the international law, is defined as “attacking a sovereign country”, invasion of their land and unprovoked assault on their civilians. This act is an example of Turkey’s long enmity towards the Kurdish community.

Our call and demands to the international community:

  • Afrin has been one of the most stable and secure regions in Syria over the past five years. With this in mind, the city has taken in as much as its original population in IDPs. The UN and the International Coalition must ensure the continuation of Afrin’s stability and security. Afrin must be protected against external attacks.
  • Afrin is not a threat to Turkey and has not attacked anyone. The Turkish state is attacking Afrin because it is against the Kurds and Kurdish gains. This reality must not be neglected and the Turkish state’s attacks must be prevented.
  • Russia, who is responsible for Afrin’s air space, must not be a spectator to Turkey’s attacks and must prevent any such show of aggression.
  • The attacks of the Turkish state against Afrin, Rojava and north Syria as a whole is beneficial for ISIS and other Salafist groups. The International Coalition Against ISIS must take precautions against this and must prevent the Turkish army’s attacks.
  • The Turkish state is an occupying force in Syria. The international community must not be a spectator to this situation and the Turkish army must be made to leave Syrian soil

Red And Black Telly: IS U.K.I.P. FINISHED?

Free Rodrigo Lanza!

Barcelona Indymedia – Machine translated:

From different companions and friends of Rodrigo Lanza.

United by anti-fascist ideas, we want to make a public statement about the recent events that have led our colleague to enter prison.

After days of media bombardment with false and unsubstantiated information, with the intention of obtaining a public verdict prior to the declaration of the parties, today we finally have the version of Rodrigo and other witnesses.

The first “official truth” has built a version that little fits the events that took place on Thursday night, presenting Victor Laínez as a passive victim of hatred of the Spanish flag, and Rodrigo Lanza as an armed aggressor, acting with premeditation, from behind and in a gang.

That night our comrade defended his life against a fascist aggressor with a knife, he defended himself with his body, unarmed.

Victor Laínez is a member of the far right of Aragon related to both known neo-Nazis and the Spanish Falange of the Jons, who recognize him as a member of their organisation and publicly state:

“Let everyone know, that if the Vasconavarra Falange has to choose between the heroic examples of Victor Lainez and Josué Estébanez, both of us are happy, but we are going to opt for Josué. Before prison than cemetery.”

Let us remember that Joshua Estébanez de la Hija is a neo-Nazi paramilitary who ten years ago killed the 16-year-old antifascist Carlos Palomino, stabbing him in the chest.

Victor Laínez was not a “good-natured patriot,” an ordinary citizen who loved his country. He was a fascist with an active and openly racist attitude. We have evidence of his earlier participation in violent events, (as in the attack carried out together with neo-Nazis in the “Barrio Latino” bar more than 20 years ago) and of an entire career in the Falange movement.

The facts of that night: after previously insulting Rodrigo (South American and punk style) by saying “sudaka de mierda, go to your country”, Victor Laínez followed Rodrigo, and when he left the bar, took a knife and tried to stab him in the back. Fortunately Rodrigo was warned by one of the witnesses, he turned around and to repel the attack, struck Victor Lainez then left the premises.

Thanks to this legitimate exercise of self-defence Rodrigo is still alive, about which we are happy, since in other occasions we can not say the same.

We must bear in mind the number of political assassinations carried out by extreme right-wingers in the Spanish state in the last 30 years, and the present rise of nationalist aggression. Fascism and anti-fascism are in conflict, and that’s nothing new in this state or elsewhere. The rise of the extreme right is a very palpable reality around the globe.

The current political climate in the Spanish state could not be less favourable due to the nationalist conflict for the self-determination of Catalonia. With the complicity of the press, this case is being exploited by partisan and electoral interests which extol national pride and point to the squat movement and migrants in general, as enemies of society.

On the other hand it is clear that there is a clear intention to take political advantage of what happened to put in doubt once again the version of the police assembly of the 4F, for which Rodrigo served 5 years in prison.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and solidarity and reiterate that the fight for a more just society continues.

Freedom for Rodrigo Lanza!

Companions and friends of Rodrigo Lanza