Unite Against Fascism

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Unite Against Fascism
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Existence 2003-present
Purpose Founded as a response to BNPs success in Great Britain, "anti-racist", antifa associations
Location London, United Kingdom
Affiliation Trotskyite SWP
Labour Party
Socialist Action
Love Music Hate Racism

Unite Against Fascism (abbreviated as UAF) is an "anti-racist" group (with antifa associations) in the United Kingdom.

Contents

Controversies

Criminality and Islamism

UAF frequently organises counter-demonstrations to any activity, or anticipated activity, by the "far right". Members have been accused of at not just demonstrating against but attacking those they oppose as well as the police and otherwise breaking the law with numerous arrests made at such occasions. It has been stated to be "silent about Islamist fascists who promote anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism and sectarian attacks on non-extremist Muslims" as well as to have a prominent member who is part of a "Muslim supremacist group" and who is stated to have disagreed with democracy if it would interfere with implementing sharia laws and to have advocated the killing of British troops in Iraq.[1]

"The Harrow Times reported that a statement on the SIOE website said that the senior police sergeant was worried that his officers could be killed by the UAF organised counter demonstrators if they had allowed the demonstration by Stop the Islamification of Europe (SIOE) to go ahead."[2]

Incitement and involvement by members in the 2011 England riots have been claimed.

The perpetrator of the Woolwich attack in 2013, the killer of soldier Lee Rigby, was Michael Adebolajo who spoke at a UAF rally at Harrow in 2009.[3][2]

Nigel Farage stated in 2014 that UAF members had made violent attempts to silence him and that there had been repeated attempts by political opponents to disrupt his public meetings which had forced him to hire bodyguards. His personal security had been threatened by supporters of UAF and another campaign group, Hope Not Hate. “They are violent in intent,” he said. “Their intention is to stop me speaking.” Both groups officially denied any involvement in violence, insisting they are peaceful and democratic organisations.[4]

Origins and Trotskyist influence

The organization was formed in 2003 in response to electoral successes by the British National Party. Publicly, the UAF began as a coalition that included the Anti-Nazi League, the National Assembly Against Racism, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and leading British unions such as the Transport and General Workers' Union (T&G) (now Unite) and UNISON. According to Red Pepper magazine, the UAF was set up by the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party and the Trotskyist influenced National Assembly Against Racism.[5] Its joint secretaries are Weyman Bennett of the Trotskyite Socialist Workers Party and the Anti-Nazi League, and Sabby Dhalu, formerly of the National Assembly Against Racism, an organisation associated with the Trotskyist Social Action.

A 2006 article stated that "There are, however, worrying signs that the Socialist Workers' Party is moving to claim ownership of Unite Against Fascism. Have a look at this article in this week's Socialist Worker. Its co-authors are Weyman Bennett, Joint Secretary of Unite Against Fascism and a member of the Central Committee of the Socialist Workers' Party, and Martin Smith, who is the SWP national organiser: "During the 1990s, when the Tories were in power, Labour could appear to be an alternative to the horror of the fascists. But nine years into a Blair government, anger and despair about society is focused on Labour. This underlies the need for Respect - a radical alternative that can channel people's bitterness and anger with Labour in a positive direction. Over the coming months and years we are going to have to strengthen both the sword of Respect and the shield of Unite.""[6]

Despite its Communist origins, continued Communist influence, and many criticisms against the organization and its members, the organization has received continued prominent support from the "mainstream". Honorary presidents are the controversial Doreen Lawrence and Ken Livingstone (who is also associated with the Trotskyist Social Action).

Unite Against Fascism - Hope not Hate

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Hope not Hate (HnH) have been stated to have had or have a hostile relationship with one another, despite both being "anti-racist" organisations. This may reflect their origin in and ongoing influence from Trotskyism (UAF) and non-Trotskyist Communism (HnH). UAF has been described as being more extreme, such as by not criticizing Islamist extremism, possibly reflecting the origin in the more extremist Trotskyist ideology.[7]

Rapist leader accusations

Martin Smith, UAF leader and accused rapist.

During the later part of 2012 and into 2013, controversy arose because of accusations of rape being made against Martin Smith, former UAF national officer, referred to in some parts of the press as "Comrade Delta".[8] This led to a split within the SWP leadership; some members such as Tom Walker, a red journalist left the SWP as a result.[8] A female party member accused Martin Smith of sexually assaulting her over a six-month period between the years 2008 and 2009, but was afraid to go to the police. The SWP refused to take it to the police on the rationale that it doesn't believe in the "bourgeois court system."[9][10][11] Instead the central committee held an internal vote on the case and supported Smith, however this split the membership with a 231 in favour and 209 against. The meeting minutes were leaked over the internet by Andy Newman, a Marxist from New Labour who runs the so-called Socialist Unity blog.[9]

Support for paedophiles

UAF announcing that they will counter-protest at a demonstration against Pakistani paedophiles and their enablers in Rotherham

Marxists from the UAF have demonstrated in support of paedophilia and child abuse on more than one occasion. In early 2012, UAF has been stated to be involved in mob violence against a speech and presentation delivered by Brian Gerrish in which he was exposing child abuse by elements of the establishment in the United Kingdom.[12][13]

In February of the same year, UAF showed up to support paedophiles outside of Liverpool crown court.[14][15] 11 of the 47 Pakistanis exposed in Operation Matrix for involvement in a Mohammedan peadophile gang in Rochdale, which grooms and rapes young native girls, particularly in northern England, were undergoing trial. Members of the public removed the banners from the UAF Marxists who were promoting paedophilia and child-abuse.[14]

External links

Criticisms

References

  1. Anti-fascists fuel the fire of hate http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/andrew-gilligan/10122496/Anti-fascists-fuel-the-fire-of-hate.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 Digital Journal (8 August 2013). "Video: Woolwich ‘suspect’ Michael Adebolajo speaking at UAF demo". 
  3. Daily Telegraph (13 January 2013). "Anti-fascists fuel the fire of hate". 
  4. Doreen Lawrence denies link to group accused of Farage threats http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10823770/Doreen-Lawrence-denies-link-to-group-accused-of-Farage-threats.html
  5. "Unite Against Fascism". Red Pepper. http://www.redpepper.org.uk/Anti-fascism-isn-t-working
  6. Tate, David (15 May 2006). "How to fight the BNP". The Guardian. London.
  7. HOPE not hate. Unite Against Fascism. The Shocking Truth Revealed. https://thedailybale.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/hope-not-hate-unite-against-fascism-the-shocking-truth-revealed/
  8. 8.0 8.1 Communist Party of Great Britain (13 January 2013). "SWP's Tom Walker: Why I am resigning". 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Independent (13 January 2013). "Ranks of the Socialist Workers Party are split over handling of rape allegation". 
  10. Cranky Notions (13 January 2013). "The SWP and the disturbing “Disputes Committee”". 
  11. Not So Big Society (13 January 2013). "The Socialist Workers Party and the Rape Committee: When organisations become cults". 
  12. The British Resistance (28 January 2012). "The real reason behind the UAF attack on Brian Gerrish". 
  13. South West Nationalists (28 January 2012). "Fascists? Look in the Mirror Zahid Raja". 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Bolton BNP (6 February 2012). "Liverpool Crown Court Muslim grooming gang trial update". 
  15. Casuals United (6 February 2012). "Here are the handful of Marxist UAF who stood in support of muslim paedophile rings in Liverpool today". 
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