Left-wing organisations are mobilising their members to march against the far-right group ‘Democratic Football Lads Alliance’ (DFLA) in London today in a demonstration of what the left can achieve in unity.
Following John McDonnell’s call for a new anti-nazi league, trade unions, Momentum, community leaders and other progressive organisations at the counter-demonstration in Westminster.
Momentum recently issued a video opposing the far-right. It went viral and has been viewed nearly three million times on social media.
The DFLA have previously organised violent marches in Sunderland, Birmingham and London, with support of UKIP leader Gerard Batten and former EDL leader Tommy Robinson.
In recent months there have been far-right attacks on mosques, senior trade unionists and a socialist bookshop in London.
A Momentum Spokesperson said:
In the US and Europe, the far-right is on the march. From Steve Bannon and Donald Trump in the US to the rise of Viktor Orbán in Hungary and Marine Le Pen in France, the far right is at its strongest across the western world since the 1930s.
In the UK the Johnson-Mogg faction of the Tory party legitimise the far-right racism pedalled by Tommy Robinson and his supporters whilst groups such as the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) are hijacking our football clubs to spread vile Islamophobia.
Last year saw a record number of anti-Muslim street attacks and the number of far-right terrorists in our prisons has tripled. Violent, far-right groups like the DFLA are a danger to our country. We cannot sit idly by whilst they mobilise…
The Labour movement must stand in firm opposition. We must oppose Tory racism in parliament, tackle fascist propaganda on social media and stand firm against far-right hooligans on the streets.
Working class socialists have a history of beating the far-right. At Cable Street against Mosley’s blackshirts, in Lewisham against the National Front and more recently in Dagenham where thousands of anti-fascist volunteers saw off Nick Griffin’s parliamentary run and made sure the BNP lost all 12 of their council seats.
We have a plan to rebuild Britain for the many, and that includes opposing the few who want to destroy it.
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