> Good grief… no sooner has Pegida UK slunk away with their tails between their legs before another bunch of right wing fantasists are coming to Newcastle…
North East Anti Fascists
Official Press Statement
Our Banner will Read – “SMASH THE WHITE MAN MARCH”
Stand Against Racism and Nazism
The North East Anti Fascists recently mobilised successfully against Pegida in Newcastle, and are now looking to develop the movement so that it can confront all far right attempts to spread hatred that divides our communities.
Amidst the wreckage of the tiny and splintering fascist scene, a group of young ‘want to be stormtroopers’ (‘National Action‘) are attempting to resurrect the deceased Nazi tradition.
We are aware that these Nazis and racists intend to try and goosestep through Newcastle on the 21st March 2015, an area which was bombed by Nazis previously and which fought against them.
The North East Anti Fascists state that such a development is to stir up racism and division, to undermine community cohesion, and is merely a self serving exercise to feed their own egos. National Action must be stopped from spreading their message of racist hate and violence, and from getting organised in Newcastle and the UK.
The provocative racist ‘White Man March’ is thought to be occurring on the Quayside.
It is clear to us that the anti fascist movement needs to be more confrontational and can do, as we need to start blocking these Nazi ‘want to be’ stormtroopers. Gathering far away and going nowhere near them is a recipe for continual failure, and is only a means of controlling and neutering what opposition there is to racism and fascism.
We had previously stated that we will be meeting at first at the official Newcastle Unites (NU) event which was advertised as starting at 10am and lasting till 1 at the Monument, when the White Man March is due to start at 2. However, NU have changed their times to 1.30pm till 4pm. NEAF will still attend the Monument, to begin with, but then we will be going on a Nazi hunt and all those who are serious about their anti fascism will be welcome to help.
The latest news is that the Nazi march will be confined to the Millennium Footbridge, by the Baltic. NEAF will be encouraging people to take anti fascism into their own hands, to be their own leaders, to take their own initiative and do what is necessary.
We do not think that a comforting message of bread and circuses, ‘do nothing and listen to the music’, when the fascists are across town is anywhere near good enough. We need to be and do better comrades, if we wish to be effective.
We will announce another convergence point and time, a demonstration – to give it its just so 20th century label, for all anti fascists shortly.
We will be present throughout the day to provide a provisional attempt at the anti fascist spirit and intent necessary if we are to effectively smash fascism off our streets. Watch this page for updates.
ALERTA ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA!!
> Well, this is a move that should sow confusion in the ranks of the stormtroopers !
While they shared the same city streets, their political ideologies were worlds apart.
But now a Muslim councillor has become the unlikely supporter of a rioting thug jailed after a violent far-right protest.
Anthony Webster, from Newcastle’s West End, is beginning a 21-month jail sentence after he and scores of other far-right supporters ran riot on the streets of Birmingham following a march through the city.
But today Coun Dipu Ahad, a passionate antifascism campaigner who has regularly publicly condemned such views, has revealed how he tried to help the yob turn his life around after meeting him and seeing his remorse.
And the Elswick councillor now feels he may have missed his chance to save Webster, and reach out to others through him.
“I was gutted he went to jail. I think he just got swept up in it all and didn’t know what he was getting himself into.
“I hope I can work with him when he gets out and show him what different communities are about. I really think he wants to change.”
Webster, of West Road, was among more than 50 people charged with violent disorder after attending an English Defence League (EDL) march in Birmingham on July 20, 2013.
After yobs ran riot in the city’s Centenary Square, hurling missiles and injuring a number of cops, a police operation stretching across the nation swung into action to trace those responsible.
And by last week 50 rioters had been jailed for a total of more than 75 years.
But as Webster awaited his fate at court he ran into Coun Ahad on the West Road.
“After we got chatting I realised he was genuinely remorseful,” said Coun Ahad.
“He said he wanted to learn more about other cultures and religions. I told him to call me if he ever needed anything.
“He told me no one had ever shown him any support, and about three or four days after he gave me a call and we chatted.
“After speaking to me I think he realised that I’m a human being, like anyone else. I think he began to realise that Muslims are not bad people.
“He also assured me that he will withdraw his membership from any far right groups and will not partake in any demos in the future.”
Coun Ahad was so moved by 38-year-old Webster’s remorse and desire to make amends, he even wrote a letter to the sentencing judge asking him to consider giving Webster a chance – despite the criticisim he knew that might attract.
“I thought I would get a lot of backlash from people that have been fighting racism and fascism for a lot of years,” he said.
“But I was convinced that he wanted to change.
“So I explained why I was doing it and that he was a human being too.
“Some far-right group members might have racist values but that’s because of ignorance. If you can speak to these people a lot of them will change their ways.”
Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 13 Jan 2015