On Saturday, a coalition of the left once again joined forces in Liverpool to see off a planned march by neofascists.
The city has a proud record of thwarting the attempts of the hard right to march and posture through the streets on multiple occasions – one famously resulted in a so-called ‘white man march’ hiding in the left luggage area of Lime Street station – and on Saturday people of goodwill achieved similar results.
The SKWAWKBOX is proud to present an exclusive video of the protest by local film-maker Merlin Norbury, including interviews in which key figures in the counter-protest set it in context and explain the Establishment’s role in the UK and elsewhere in creating an environment for the rise of the far right – and the importance of unity and determination across the left in defeating fascism to ensure that ‘they shall not pass‘ – that ‘¡No pasarán!’:
Alan Gibbons of Merseyside Together, one of the organisers of the counter-protest, told the SKWAWKBOX of the importance of a broad coalition of groups and individuals working together:
It was a brilliant turnout from everybody in Liverpool. Some 6-800 people turned out to blockade the fascists and make sure their march was a non-event. Thanks for the contribution from Merseyside Together, Merseyside Antifascists Network, Unite Against Fascism, BAME communities, the Irish community, the Trade Unions, Labour CLPs and councillors, who all turned out in force.
The Establishment continues to enable the rise of fascism, with even the BBC giving airtime and credibility to the views of right-wing extremists. In such a time, a united left acting in solidarity is the best and often only line of defence.
On Saturday, Liverpool showed the way.
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