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Why is UAF splitting the anti-fascists? For a united anti-BNP demo on 16/08/08

Protest against the BNP, 16 August | 30.07.2008 11:22 | Stop the BNP's Red White and Blue festival | Anti-racism | Social Struggles | London

Unite Against Fascism are refusing to support the locally-organised trade union demonstration against the BNP's Red, White and Blue "festival" on 16 August and, in an act of unbelievable sectarianism, have called their own.

**Please circulate and publish this text. It was not issued by Notts Stop the BNP or the other sponsors of the anti-BNP protest, but by a group of concerned activists who want to see a united demonstration on 16 August. (The contact details we have put down here are for the official campaign, however.)**

Between 15 and 17 August, the British National Party will be holding its annual Red, White and Blue "festival" at Codnor-Denby in Derbyshire on land owned by former BNP councillor Alan Warner. For months now, local anti-fascist groups and trade unions have been working to organise a protest on 16 August.

This protest was initiated by Nottinghamshire Stop the BNP, a campaign launched in January by a conference of one hundred labour movement, student and anti-fascist activists sponsored by local unions including FBU, UCU, Unison and the NUT. Notts Stop the BNP aims to build an anti-fascist movement on a working-class basis - mobilising mass action to physically confront the fascists and raising social demands around issues like jobs, homes and services to undercut their base.

The protest also involves Derby Unite Against Fascism, other local anti-fascist groups and a multitude of trade union organisations. East Midlands Unison, East Midlands TUC and the rail union RMT are sponsoring it, and RMT general secretary Bob Crow will be speaking.

Unfortunately, the national Unite Against Fascism organisation has been less keen to support the protest. After months of refusing to acknowledge the issue at all - ignoring repeated invitations to come and get involved in the organisation of the protest, and refusing to announce it from the platform at various national events - UAF has now called its own protest, taking place just down the road and at a different time from where and when the main protest is taking place!! (The UAF website implies that theirs is the only protest and supported by all the sponsors, but this is simply not true.)

UAF leader Weyman Bennett met representatives of the local campaign - including the chair of Derby UAF and a representative of East Midlands TUC - on Friday 25 July, but refused to agree to the amalgamation of the protests.

This is bizarre and outrageous behaviour.

UAF is dominated by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP); it may be that its leadership are reluctant to support a protest that they do not control, and one organised with the involvement of other socialist groups. If so, they should sober up! This protest is far too important to let sectarianism get in the way. We call on UAF to enter negotiations with the local campaign for the amalgamation of their protest into the main one, so that we can strike at the BNP and their racist "festival" with a single fist.

Meanwhile, we urge the labour movement and anti-fascists to mobilise for the protest.

For more details, including a contact email for transport, how to support the campaign and where to go on 16 August, see

For the Facebook group for the protest, see

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Display the following 28 comments

  1. Unbelievable! — Fly Posters
  2. Because they sell more papers that way — truth
  3. NO! — Reality Check
  4. Maybe it's the opressive, capitalist dictionary I'm using... — MonkeyBot 5000
  5. Unity???? — Tom
  6. No pasaran — Antifa
  7. Antifa? — L.Green
  8. new low for an swp drone — anti-fascist, anti-leninist
  9. boy in a coma — history man
  10. "LMHR and UAF are the only people who have defeated the BNP. " — @
  11. Response to L Green — Anti-fascist
  12. So Trolls want a slanging match? — L. Green
  13. Is it SWP trolls pretending to be anti-fascists.. — Larry
  14. Texts useful and critical of the glorious ANL history — TR
  15. Letter to UAF — James Truman
  16. Note to Antifa — James Truman
  17. just a suggestion — not a paper seller
  18. no — Hobo
  19. Paper Sellers — Sam
  20. !!!!!!!!!! — Anti-fascist
  21. Stop hanging out minor dirty linen, will be great demo, bring bikes4 bus scouts+ — James
  22. Funny. — loppy
  23. United? — Anti-fascist
  24. swp papers — maguire
  25. Tyndall, BNP, Jyllands-Posten and AWL. — MicalB
  26. dave — history man
  27. Bash the SWP — Rass
  28. Neo-Nazi Trolls Divide & Conquer — Troll Smasha