Red And Black Telly: BREXIT BACKLASH – DEC 9th

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“No platform” – what it means and what it doesn’t mean. By Mal Content.

A great deal of B.S. has emanated from the chattering classes in recent years around this term. You’d be forgiven for thinking it originated in academia, where vested interests compete for the right/privilege of influencing impressionable minds. We are told that debate is being shut down, that intellectual development will be stunted if student bodies decline to entertain purveyors of hackneyed reactionary views, which might provide a stimulating foil to contemporary orthodoxy. Trouble is, we’ve heard it all before.

Fascism never took off in Britain, in the sense that it never gained the executive and slaughtered or imprisoned a significant proportion of the population, as it did in many other countries. This despite it having a sizeable constituency, being well funded and having the sympathy of the establishment. The bitter experience of Italy, Germany, Portugal and Spain taught that appealing to the bourgeois ‘authorities’ to uphold constitutional values was futile. It turned out they would only ban events that threatened good civic order and commerce.

Such appeals to decency and morality were taken as signs of weakness, and only emboldened the fascists. Physical superiority was central to fascist ideology, so the only way to halt their progress was to beat them at their own game. Time and again, their attempts to insert a respectable presence into a community through paper sales and public meetings were thwarted by Working Class people, not all politically affiliated, who would rather see a riot in their back yard than a fascist parade.

In 1945, after six years of war against Nazi Germany, a British labour government permitted the fascists detained under Regulation 18b to resume their activities, and gave them a police escort wherever they went. They were joined by Axis prisoners of war who were supposedly being rehabilitated. Apart from Spain and Portugal, which retained fascist governments, the only country in Europe where it was legal to glorify Hitler and the holocaust was Britain.

Mosely’s comeback was thwarted by the 43 Group, formed by Jewish ex-service personnel and their allies. Their game was to knock over the speakers’ platform, forcing the cops to shut the event on public order grounds. This task would be accomplished by selected ‘commandoes’, many of whom had actually performed that role during the war. They would quietly take their places in the hall, then at a pre-arranged signal charge in wedge formation at the line of stewards protecting the platform. A large and well-stewarded meeting could require several wedges, precisely timed and co-ordinated. Other supporters would heckle and pick fights in the audience.

Nor did they set out to stifle debate. In his eponymous history of the 43 Group (highly recommended) Morris Beckman recalls that often dialogue with fascist supporters commenced after they had received a good hiding, and there were defections at all levels. Politicians and other worthies wrung their hands in shame as the Working Class cleaned up its own mess.

Rough justice was similarly dished out by London’s Caribbean migrants in the 1950’s and by the regional Asian Youth Movements of the 1970’s. The phrase “no platform” was well established by the time I first experienced antifascism at the end of that decade. It isn’t about supplication; it’s a simple ultimatum to those in power: “Call your dogs off or we’ll tear the place up”.

Your original snowflakes weren’t students asking for safe space, they were Jewish commandoes, their wives, girlfriends and mates, Asian youths, rude boys, miners, dockers, Brighton rockers, and East End pugilists looking after their manor. There isn’t, and never has been, a right to free speech – liberals don’t go asking the state to grant it. For a detailed explanation of how and why the state grants rights, see here: It’s a useful social skill not to piss off those around you to the extent they want to hurt you. So if your career path relies on vilifying, excluding or slandering the poor, migrants, LGBT people etc, making others fear for their safety, and you fear for your safety as a result, that’s fine by me. If you’ve got a contentious opinion you aren’t prepared to physically stand up for, I won’t give it the time of day.

Red And Black Telly: THE ” PEOPLES VOTE ” MARCH

Masked Garda threaten housing campaigners with batons as Frederic street evicted by masked thugs

From Workers Solidarity Movement

Masked Garda threatening people with batons in the aftermath of the violent eviction carried out by thugs in Dublin last night. Pepper spray, dogs and batons were deployed, there were 5 or 6 arrests and four housing campaigners required hosptial visits from injuries received in the course of the eviction of the Frederick St occupation. [Video]


The occupation was suddenly attacked by a gang of masked men who arrived in a van with no front registration plates, insurance or any other identifying details apart from a back plate which showed a UK registration plate. They smashed their way into the house using sledgehammers and industrial cutters. One housing activist who was outside and attempted to question them was thrown down the stairs and then arrested by the Garda.

Take Back The City – Dublin say “Gardai subsequently used force and pepper spray against peaceful protesters across the road” – our footage from about 20 minutes after the eviction shows masked Garda threatening people protesting the eviction.

The house that was occupied has been left empty for between 3 and 5 years and often had homeless people sleeping on the doorstep. Despite this, an injuction was rapidly granted against the occupation and when the occupiers resolved to stay in place we saw the violence of last night’s eviction.

It’s less that 1km from The Bolt which was evicted in 2015 and remains boarded up to this day. It’s 200m from The Barricade Inn which was also evicted in 2015 and also remains empty to this day. It’s less that 1km from the Debtors’ Prison which was evicted in 2015 and remains empty to this day.

Tens of thousands of buildings are left empty around Dublin, many of which could quickly be turned into accommodation for people. In other cities in Europe buildings being left abandoned was countered by the introduction of protection for squatters, allowing tens of thousands to house themselves. In Ireland they violently evict people who occupy buildings that have been left vacant for years, sometimes for decades.

This footage is from the livestream we broadcast during the eviction to this page, check the page for the full footage.

Read this local resident’s account of the way she was treated by the Garda “When I asked him why he was wearing a balaclava he told me I had no right to ask that and to, I quote “fuck off ye stupid bitch”. He then grabbed my phone and put his hands on me. After I said he had absolutely no right to do so and he said he did. He then said “Ok, you are going to get arrested.”

To be clear, this is on my lane way, where I live and I was asking a question.”

CBSA Offices Shut Down by Migrant Justice Activists in honour of Mr. Bolante Idowu Alo and our Deported Friends and Neighbours

Found at: Solidarity Across Borders
August 30, 2018

2Montreal CBSA offices were shut down this morning in honour of Mr. Bolante Idowu Alo and of our friends, family members and neighbours who have been deported. Migrant justice activists blocked and chained all doors to the building and employees were not able to enter the building to carry on their work for two hours.

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We want to ensure that business could not go on as usual. Mr. Bolante Idowu Alo died violently at the hands of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA): we cannot let them carry on as though nothing has happened. We call on our communities to not only condemn this outrageous violence but take action to stop it from happening again.

Mr. Alo lived in Canada for 13 years. He repeatedly told Canadian officials that his life was in danger in Nigeria. CBSA nevertheless proceeded with his deportation on 7 August; Mr. Alo died shortly after he was taken off the plane that was supposed to deport him.

We took this action to challenge the normalization of CBSA violence, and of deportations and detentions of migrants and refugees. We want to hold the CBSA accountable. Mr. Alo is not the first person to die in CBSA custody. And he should never have been threatened with deportation in the first place.
We are also remembering other friends, family members, and neighbours who have been detained and forcibly deported from Canada by the CBSA, like Lucy Francineth Granados, who was deported on 13 April 2018, leaving holes in our lives and communities.

In 2016, Canada issued 11,733 removal orders: some left “voluntarily”, others were deported, still others remained to become undocumented migrants. Of the migrants who crossed irregularly into Canada to flee the Trump regime, whose cases have been heard, less than 50% have been accepted as refugees; this figure drops to 10% in the case of Haitians. People whose refugee claims are refused are ordered to return to their countries of citizenship – including to Haiti, despite the fact that Canada issued a warning against travel to Haiti.

In support of the shut down, people gathered outside CBSA offices for a public mourning of Mr. Alo and their deported friends and neighbours. A coffin was placed in front of the building. Black silhouettes with the names of friends who had been deported were lined up against the wall. The rally demanded the abolition of the new Ministry of Border Security, a moratorium on deportations to Haiti, and an end to the deportations of refugees and migrants.

#StopDeportations
#shutdownCBSA
#PortesClosesASFC

 

Freedom Flotilla Coalition – Legal and Welfare Update and Appeal

Via Freedom Flotilla Coalition

Please donate here to support the 2018 Just Future for Palestine Freedom Flotilla, in which 34 people, from 12 countries, in two boats, directly challenged the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza and brought international attention to the horrific human-made conditions of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

The two boats ‘Al Awda’ (The Return) and ‘Freedom’ were hijacked by the Israeli Occupation Forces in international waters 42 and 49 nautical miles respectively off the coast of Gaza. During their unlawful detention, crew, participants and journalists were subjected to a range of physical and emotional violence.

The captain of Al Awda was threatened with execution, 4 people were tasered, 3 people had ribs broken by the Israeli military and one person had his foot broken.

They were all taken against their will to Israel, unlawfully imprisoned and ultimately deported. The Israeli authorities have stolen the boats and the 13,000 Euros worth of medical supplies that we were carrying as gifts, as well as many of the participants’ personal belongings (including clothes, a Bible, credit cards, IDs and mobile phones). Incredibly, they have begun to take legal action to attempt to confiscate the boats.

We have set aside some money to assist with legal expenses and welfare, but request your help. Please donate here to contribute towards:

a) our legal fund for the costs including actions to:

i) represent participants who were detained unlawfully
ii) increase our capacity to take action against and resist the Israeli Government’s attempts to confiscate the two boats, cargo and personal property; and

b) our welfare fund which will pay for emotional counseling for those needing assistance to process the violence and trauma that they suffered.

Please donate here to one of our partners to help with these particular expenses incurred in challenging the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Israeli Government has still not released 114 boxes of Medical Supplies for Gaza.

Freedom Flotilla demands the immediate release of humanitarian cargo

Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Dear All

You may remember back in early June a few of us traveled to Brighton to welcome the Ship Hurriya, Arabic for Freedom, which was part of the Freedom Flotilla which is now imminently due to arrive in Gaza. Two boats The Hurriya and the Awda, Arabic for return, are right now approximately 50 miles off the Gaza coast. When they arrive they are going to face fierce resistance from the Israeli Navy as they try to break the blockade.

Please take action in order to support them. Please send an email to: fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk  or to the UK embassy in Tel Aviv webmaster.telaviv@fco.gov.uk. Ask the Foreign Secretary, Mr Hunt, and the UK ambassador to Israel to demand that the Government of Israel allows these ships safe passage and permission to dock safely and deliver their supplies. Please also ask that the siege of Gaza comes to an end .

Please also write to your MP and ask him/her to raise this matter with Mr Hunt and to ask him and the prime minister to raise the matter with the Israeli Government in the strongest possible terms asking them to bring an end to the siege of Gaza

We will keep you posted about what happens to the Flotilla, they are likely to be arrested and their boats impounded. Follow them on: jfp.freedomflotilla.org/

There is a further important matter of news. PSC really need your support as they urgently need to raise £100,000. They have already raised £29,000 of this target but the need is great so please help.
Last year PSC won an important court action in the High Court, defending the right for local councils to ethically disinvest their pension schemes from companies complicit in Israel’s crimes against Palestine.

The government appealed against this decision, and – unless PSC are able to raise the money to take this case to the Supreme Court, is set to re-introduce regulation that will prevent local councils from implementing their own judgement and moral autonomy.

Please make a donation to support this appeal. Please give what you can. Here are the bank details:

Unity Trust Bank
Name: Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Acct number: 20333702
Sort code: 086001

I am very pleased to report that £1409 was raised this year by our sponsored walk. Thank you to everyone who took part. This money will be split between Medical Aid for Palestinians and the National PSC Appeal

Please send an email to pscsoton@gmail.com if you want details of Southampton PSC Branch meetings we would love to see you.

Thank you for your support
Regards
Cathryn Spiller

Branch Secretary Southampton PSC.

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