Tag Archives: racism

EDL risk their necks and attempt to march in the East End

Racist lager louts from the English Defence League (EDL) plan to march in the London borough of Tower Hamlets on Saturday 7 September.

Manning the barricades in Cable Street - they shall not pass!

Manning the barricades in Cable Street, 1936. Not then not now, not ever – no pasaran!

Chomping at the bit at the thought of ‘liberating’ the white residents of Whitechapel from their muslim neighbours through a heady combination of beer swilling and racist chanting, the deluded EDL say they want to march through the area to show someone, somewhere, something, about something, though they’re never exactly clear on what.

Obviously the local population will not take this lying down, we never have. There are several groups mobilising to oppose the EDL on the day, but regardless, hundreds of local Eastenders, who’ve seen all this before, will be out on the streets to oppose the racists once again. Whether it was parents and grandparents confronting the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s, to current residents kicking out the National Front in the 70s, to destroying the BNP and Blood and Honour in the 1980s and 1990s, fascists are not welcome in East London. The EDL, who look soft in comparison to the historical boneheads already dealt with, are no exception.

EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) has interestingly been banned from demonstration between now and 11 September due to bail conditions, but has been given a day off to march on 7 September. The met police are positively encouraging the guy! So much for ‘community cohesion’. As in 1936, the met police are determined to help the racists march in our area.  And we all know what happened then.

While no one ever called Tommy the brightest crayon in the box, he surpassed himself  yesterday when he posted a pic of his bail form, including his address in Luton. A man that adept at making enemies, you’d have thought he’d have learned something by now…

If you can get to Tower Hamlets on 7 September, you should. Take your chance to join in the great East End tradition of kicking out the racists attempting to divide us.

In the meantime if you wanna learn more about antifascism in the East End, come to the London Antifascists’ shindig on Saturday 31 August, where there’ll be food, speakers (including a veteran of the Battle of Cable Street on the bill!), organising and a chance to socialise with likeminded people before we meet on the streets on 7 September. More info on the facebook page.

Visit londonantifascists.wordpress.com for updates leading up to 7 September, and follow @THStopEDL on twitter for info on the day.

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Good people of the world: Show solidarity against UKBA’s stop and checks

Solidarity-card-UKBA

Click to enlarge, then print and carry with you

The UK Border Agency has admitted it is carrying out stop and checks at train stations on people they think might be in the UK without a visa. They claim it’s not racist; one witness to it described it as akin to “Nazi Germany”.

This threatening behaviour from UKBA follows the ‘racist van‘ which last week circulated parts of London last week telling immigrants to ‘GO HOME’, echoing the National Front slogans of the past.

So, this ‘solidarity card’ from the Anti-Raids Network is useful information for anyone with a heart: it gives clear info on what UK border agency staff (they are NOT police, and have much less power) are allowed to do when hunting down people anywhere away from the border.

They can basically do nothing, unless the person being questioned cooperates – people are under NO OBLIGATION to talk to these uniforms. They are relying on people’s ignorance of their rights, not realising that they can walk away at any time.

Check out the excellent blog post https://network23.org/antiraids/for-supporters/ for more information. They also have great Know Your Rights info in many different languages. We need to get this information out as far and wide as possible. If you see someone being stopped by UKBA and you have no visa worries of your own, please show some human kindness and inform the person being questioned of their rights. Stay calm and tell the UKBA you know the law, as do they.

If necessary you can refer to the UKBA’s own guidance [PDF] – specifically Chapter 31, part 19.5, which states:

31.19.5 Before seeking to question any person about their identity and leave status, the IO [immigration officer] must:

  • identify themselves both verbally and by producing their warrant card
  • explain the reason for questioning the individual
  • advise the person they are seeking to question that they are not obliged to answer any questions
  • advise the person that they are not under arrest and are free to leave at any time.

Spread the word!