It’s almost here folks! The annual ‘Running of the Fash’ in Brighton is tomorrow (Sunday 27th) and we’d urge anyone who is interested in getting involved with anti-fascism to try and get over there. Below is a report from Brighton’s weekly radical newspaper ‘Schnews’ – it points out that the organiser of the so called ‘March for England’ is actually from Pompey (or Fareham/Gosport) – so it makes sense that antifascists from Portsmouth go along to try and make up for it! We’d also like to thank local loud mouth, and one of the UK’s most committed nationalist scumbags, Mickey Bayliss, for blabbing in public that he and a host of other wronguns will be travelling up to Brighton today – so get checking the Travel Lodges Brighton!
Just before the report about Sunday we should mention that Nigel ‘the swivel eyed loon’ Farage is opening UKIP’s South East Campaign at the Guildhall in Portsmouth on Monday evening. Although this group is not organising anything for the event individuals will be joining a demonstration by local lefty’s, trade unionists, and concerned citizens outside the Guildhall From 7pm, get along to show Farage we’re not all swallowing his bullshit!! If anyone would like a ticket to get inside and watch the ex public schoolboy and investment banker tell you to blame foreigners for all your problems you can order them for free here: http://ukip.ticketsource.co.uk/ – you have to give your details – but don’t worry, they can’t force you to attend! We also have it on good authority that the local bootlickers of the EDL see themselves as some kind of protector of King Farage, and are planning to have a go at the Demo outside. Obviously they are meeting in a nearby pub to get a bit of confidence first. Should be a fun night, see you on the streets!
Schnews Post About Tomorrow:
This town ain’t big enough for the both of us…
March for England return to Brighton and it ain’t SchNEWS who’s gonna leave.
UPDATE 25/04/14 Due to subsidence in the road on the march’s route (even the streets of Brighton want nothing to do with them!), the route of the march has been changed. Stop the March for England are asking anti-fascists to assemble at the bottom of West St from 11.30 a.m but also to follow @stopmfe for constant updates.
Sparks fly – are you ready for the March for England? PROMO VIDEO
Brighton likes its quirky little annual rituals – the Festival, the Zombie Walk, Burning of the Clocks, White Night and, of course, Gay Pride and its attendant semi-official munt-fest at Black Rock. Now thanks to the antics of a few misfits from Portsmouth it looks like we can add the knuckle-dragging March for England to this roll-call of honour. Yes – everybody’s favourite EDL tribute group has promised to return every year on the same day.
Traditionally among the feistier events in the city’s calendar the day has had its ups and downs, but police and organisers have continually tinkered with the arrangements to guarantee satisfaction for everyone. This year looked liked it would be a re-run of 2013 but in audacious coup de theatre Sussex Police have decided to run the whole thing back to front. The march on Sunday April 27th will start at 12.30 p.m on the bottom ofWest St and will make it all of four hundred yards along Kings Rd eastwards before stopping just short of the Aquarium roundabout.
For those unfamiliar with this unsavoury outing – the March for England is held the Sunday nearest to St George’s Day. In previous years the organisers have tried to pretend that it was a harmless family day out. This time round that whole pretence has been dropped and the MfE are proudly boasting of their association with a coalition of far-right racist groups like the English Volunteer Force and the North West Infidels. They’ve come together under the bigoted banner of the United British Patriots, wannabe pretenders to the English Defence League’s tarnished crown. For a full fact-file on these nasties head here
In and of themselves the March for England, especially in the context of Brighton, are ludicrous – however what they represent, ultra-nationalism, is on the rise across Europe. Recent events in Ukraine wheren fascists Svoboda have entered government and in Hungary where the rabidly anti-semitic Jobbik are the third largest party in parliament remind us that hard times can lead folk to look for easy answers and the scapegoating of minorities. The entry of immigrant blaming UKIP into the political mainstream should give us all pause for thought.
The March for England hate Brighton – they’ve made that very clear. They find it hard to comprehend how a town populated exclusively by dope-smoking genderqueer libertarians (well, mostly) could give them such a hard time. In 2012 the march was diverted, in 2013 they were forced to march inside a metal corridor outnumbered ten to one. Every year they are met with a barrage of noise to drown out their message of hate and this year should be no different.
Tony Campbell of Brighton based Stop the March for England told SchNEWs “Brighton has become an emblematic issue on the far-right – we have drawn a line in the sand here. It’s obvious that the racists have no base here”
For an excellent film on the 2012 counter-mobilisation see This is not England this is Brighton.
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