Monthly Archives: February 2013

Call-out to oppose the EDL in Manchester – THIS SATURDAY!

Whit a weekend. We saw 20 odd EDL turn up in Cambridge, all clutching beer cans and arguing with each other to the massed amusements of anti-fascists everywhere and then some local ‘chav scrotes’ attacked the entire Doncaster division, i.e., some bloke from Donny. We also saw the scab outfit NWI attempting to attack an anti-cuts meeting in Manchester.

Although it is clear that the EDL is on the brink of collapse and the fragmentation caused by their inability to get on with each other has created a bunch of tiny groupsucles who hate each other, it is essential that all anti-fascists get to Manchester on the 2nd March to demonstrate and in a show of strength and solidarity:

‘If you can’t beat them when they are weak, how can you expect to beat them when they are strong?’

At the moment the EDL are claiming the march for their own and promising that ‘Manchester [is] the peoples demo for the people by the people and whatever you hear we are marching there’s no kettles and no pens.’ Really?

The EDL are going to go through Manchester not totally surrounded by plod for their own safety? Jings! Meanwhile, the Cagoules Unlimited and the Infidel-boys are claiming it is a North West Alliance march and they should all unite but not with the EDL:

‘There will be no infighting. We sent a message at Cambridge by staying away, now we turn out and send another message. We wont stand by and see one or two twats destroy our movement from within.’

Who gets up on the platform to speak on the EDL regimental bugle will be interesting. It will be worth turning up for just to see them fighting each other.

Manchester anti-fascists

Stand Against The EDL In Manchester – Saturday March 2nd

Meet-up: 11am onwards, Piccadilly Gardens, Central Manchester

The EDL are coming to Manchester. They aren’t what they were, but they have not gone away. Their leader, Stephen Lennon, a violent repeat offender who has made jokes about the Oslo massacre, is soon to be released from a prison sentence for immigration offences!

Countless balls-ups and splits may have reduced them, but they’re no less riddled with nazis and fascists, who they’ve actively courted to the Manchester demo.

The far right has splintered in recent times – many hardcore groups like North West Infidels will be lurking at this event, spouting hatred and looking for trouble.

Stand up to the lying bullies, bigots and fascists in Manchester!

Last year the EDL and other far rightists were humiliated in Brighton, London, Bristol and elsewhere.

Make sure Manchester lives up to our proud traditions!

For more visit the website of the newly founded group, ACA Manchester.

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Local plod wake up to racist graffiti

Local police have finally decided it’s time to start taking racist graffiti seriously.

No doubt following a kick up the arse from elsewhere, West Mercia Police are now offering a £1,000 reward for information on the graffiti that has appeared on road signs around the county – including swastikas and the hilarious ‘welcome to Poland’.

Back in August last year however the police decided there was no racist motive and put it down to ‘pranksters’. Oh, hahaha. Yes, how our sides ached!

“When hate slogans appear and stay in place for a long time it gives the impression that nobody in the area cares. This makes racists feel more confident and foreigners more isolated,” said the Three Counties Anti-Fascists blog, reporting on the incident last year. And we agree.

What is undeniable is that when an area like Herefordshire receives a dramatic increase of immigrants locals become concerned that the newcomers will be given unfair access to social housing and jobs. On the whole this is not true, and when it is it’s unscrupulous landlords and bosses that are the problem and not the immigrants. Nonetheless these concerns should be taken seriously.

But what should not be given any time at all are racists who simply don’t like anyone from another country. These people are ignorant scum who enjoy nothing more than stirring up tensions between underprivilaged locals and vulnerable foreigners.

When the government makes cuts to housing and education, and when our bosses ignore calls for pay rises, like cowards these faecal-brained idiots turn on the immigrants and blame them instead.

Racism has no place in Herefordshire or the world beyond. Like the people who perpetrate it, it must be stamped out.

Article from our comrades at Hereford Heckler. Three Counties Anti-Fascists had said that this was racially motivated back in the summer, it’s good to see the local constabulary work at a similar speed…


A Letter From Jock Palfreeman – Anti-fascist Prisoner On Hunger Strike

Australian Anti-fascist prisoner Jock Palfreeman, serving 20 years in Sofia/Bulgaria for defending two Roma boys from a racist mob, is on hungerstrike from 13th January 2013 because the Director of the Central Sofia Prison has ordered another punishment measure because of Jock´s activist work as chairman of the Bulgarian Prisoner´s Association.

Jock Palfreeman

Due to this punishment Jock is now not allowed to finish his studies which is very important to him.

Jock’s health is rapidly worsening as he continues his hunger strike and he is not even allowed to see a doctor as yet another repressive measure by the prison authorities.

He asks for solidarity from all of you by sending a letter to the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice. Please start putting pressure now before it’s too late. Jock needs our support!

website of Bulgarian Prisoners Association:
 http://bulgarianprisonersassociation.wordpress.com/category/english/

21st January 2013

G-day guys! All at ABC-Brighton,

Well, first of all, the Director stopped me from my Uni degree! See I’ve been helping other prisoners, obviously part of the union and solidarity with fellow convicts. So to punish me, for my solidarity ie legal advice! the Director of the prison cut me off from the computers where I write my essays. It happened several days ago after 10 guards badly beat a prisoner with batons. I helped the prisoner get legal advice and explained to him the procedure for how to instigate a criminal investigation into their attack. For that I’m being punished in that they are stopping me from my studies.

So on the 13/1/13 I started a hunger strike, I have not eaten since then, I am only drinking water drinks eg mint tea (without sugar) and normal water. I have lost a lot of weight in 9 days but I don’t know how much as the prison refuses to send a doctor to me. I don’t plan on stopping until I am returned to my studies, but I don’t think this director will allow me, so prospects look dim! To help me, please send letters of complaint to:

Ministry of Justice
Diana Kovacheva
No. 1, Slavanska Street
Sofia 1040
Bulgaria

I recommend writing as individuals.

22nd January 2013

Hunger strike…. not happy, the worst is that I’m getting bad heart burn from my stomach acids!

Be good guys!
Solidarity
Comrade Jock Palfreeman

Brighton ABC

For more info visit: Free Jock

 


“Attacker racially abused victim then hit him with pool cue”

“AN argument over playing pool in a Worcestershire pub led a 31-year-old man to racially abuse another man and hit him on the head with a cue.

Christopher Spires, of Churchill Road, Sedgeberrow, Evesham, was jailed for nine months after the court was told he swore at Gideon George and made references to him being black.

Alex Warren, prosecuting, told Worcester Crown Court Mr George had gone to Ruby Jack’s, Bewdley Street, Evesham, on August 30 last year with friends.

They put money on the pool table for three games but during the first one, Spires started leaning on the table and nudging Mr George as he played.

When the game finished, Mr George started to set up the next one but Spires said it was his turn and made a racist comment. He then grabbed Mr George’s cue, reversed it and swung it with both hands, hitting him with the thicker end just above the left eye.

Mr George took hold of the cue and they both fell to the floor before being separated.

As police led Spires away, he saw Mr George, who needed three stitches to the cut, and shouted “I’m glad your face got smashed in,” and made more racist comments. He then spat towards Mr George, who said in a victim statement he was now wary of going out at night in Evesham.

 Nicholas Roberts, defending, said Spires was deeply ashamed of his actions.

He had drunk eight cans of beer and some brandy and whisky on the night of the incident. He said Spires was not a racist and would not have made the comments if he had not been drinking.

“He accepts his comments were deeply offensive,” Mr Roberts said.

The court was told that he had 27 convictions for 87 offences but the majority of these were thefts to finance his 10-year heroin and crack cocaine habit, which he was now taking steps to tackle.

Spires pleaded guilty at South Worcestershire Magistrates Court to the offences in December and was committed for sentence.

He was given six months for assault causing actual bodily harm and three months consecutively for racial harassment.”

Worcester evening news


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