Sydney: Antifa clash with police at Cronulla nationalist memorial

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12 Dec – During the protests and counter-protests that marked the 10-year anniversary of the Cronulla race riot on Saturday, riot squad officers clashed with anti-racism protesters numbering in the hundreds, and managed to corral them at the southern end of Cronulla beach.

The memorial barbeque for the riot attracted about 50 people.

Many of the anti-racism protesters dressed in black, with faces covered and appeared to be members of Antifa, the self-appointed enemies of the far-right.

Antifa members carrying red, black flags emblazoned with the words Antifaschistische Aktion clashed with anti-Islam protesters and  abused police using megaphones.

Antifa, or anti-fascists, are a loose collection of socialists and anarchists, anti-racists and small-l liberals.

Antifaschistische Aktion is the name of a paramilitary German communist organisation that was dissolved in 1933 by the Nazis and resurfaced in the 1980s in Europe as a response to resurgent right-wing groups.

Today Antifa groups are transnational, and part of the ultra-left common at the protests that often mark G20 and other global leader summits.

In Australia, members or self-professed members of the group have become an increasingly common sight at rallies organised to oppose the far-right protests held by groups like the United Patriots Front and Reclaim Australia.

Members of Antifa in Australia have deliberately remained anonymous.

 

 

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Malaysia: Meet the skinheads fighting racism

Borrowing from the skinhead subculture that emerged in Britain in the 1960s, Malaysian skins dissociate themselves from the neo-Nazi fringes and strive to promote progressive, Muslim, anti-racist ideals.

The group of skinheads surges forwards. On the stage in front of them the band is dressed in boots, collared shirts and red braces. As the opening chords of another street-punk anthem screech from the soundsystem, the Malay singer clasps the mike and offers a rugged preface to the song. “This one is against all racism and discrimination in our country… Do you have a problem with race? If you do, we’ll crush you to pieces.”

The crowd is a melee of young Malay men mostly clad in Lonsdale shirts and Doc Martens boots – the unofficial uniform of skinheads the world over. Deep cheers and pumped fists fill the air, then comes pogoing, sweat and sing-along hymns of grassroots revolution.

Skinhead culture emerged in the 1960s in Britain, largely arranged around fashion and music. The shaven heads and shirts were aggressive by design and also reflected the scene’s working class roots. Music was equally crucial, and the skinheads’ love of reggae meant that their identity was intrinsically linked to black immigrants and culture. The scene died out by the early 1970s, only to be reborn again later in the same decade. However, according to Timothy S. Brown, writing in the Journal of Social History, the second wave of skinheads was more susceptible to corruption by the right-wing rhetoric of the time.

“Economic decline, scarcity of jobs and increased immigration intensified latent racist and right-wing attitudes in British society during the 1970s and 1980s, and the skinheads reflected these prejudices in exaggerated form,” wrote Brown in his article titled “Subcultures, Pop Music and Politics: Skinheads and ‘Nazi Rock’ in England and Germany”. “With their reputation for violence and patriotic-nationalist views, skinheads were seen as a particularly attractive target for recruitment by the radical right.”

Even though right-wing skinheads probably never made up a majority, according to Brown, the links between skinheads and fascism had been established. They have been resolute ever since.

With names such as Street Rebel, Chaos Bomb and Oi! Koholik, the majority of Malaysia’s skinhead bands espouses the proletarian masculinity of the original skinheads while staunchly rejecting the racist overtones that emerged later. Such voices are becoming increasingly poignant in Malaysia, a pluralistic society operating under a government that has been criticised for its increasingly Islamist tendencies and that introduced its New Economic Policy in 1971 that has privileged ethnic Malays over Chinese and Indians ever since.

“Being a skinhead in Malaysia means embracing positive, anti-racist ideas of sociopolitical change to challenge our racist government,” says Rozaimin Elias, 34, one of Penang’s leading anti-fascist skinheads and bassist in Kuala Lumpur-based band Street Boundaries. Given his involvement with the opposition DAP party in Penang, Elias doesn’t limit his views to idle music-scene chatter either.

Skinhead boys in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Victoria: Anti-Fascist Legal Fees Fundraiser

23 Sept – We need help paying fines.

Following a recent anti fascist rally in Bendigo, a protester was slapped with $1200 of fines for burning the Australian flag – something which is not even a criminal offense – charged with “littering” and “inciting a riot”. Fascist rally-goers were not charged with anything despite making vile rape and murder threats against antifascist protesters.

Show your solidarity with an anti-fascist, anti-colonial protester. Make a donation HERE

Also, the fascists are organising another outing in Bendigo, so Antifa is putting together another welcoming party for them. All anti racists are invited, details below:

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Bendigo: Anti-muslim and anti-fascist protesters clash

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30 August – The centre of the Victorian city of Bendigo was shut down as several hundred people gathered to protest against anti-Islamic groups and show their support for a planned mosque.

Victoria’s planning tribunal approved a permit for the city’s first mosque earlier this month.

On Saturday anti-fascist groups held rallies in opposition to a protest by the anti-Islam group United Patriots Front (UPF), which opposes the mosque.

The anti-racism demonstrators chanted: “Muslims are welcome, racists are not” and “Nazi scum off our streets”.

Police stand in a line in Bendigo at protestsLarge numbers of police officers were on the scene to keep the two sides apart.

Several clashes broke out but were contained by police.

The different groups continued to try and circle around police lines to have a head-on confrontation, but were kept apart.

Some protesters from both sides wore masks to hide their identity and some residents said they were afraid of what was going on.

One angry resident said it was “absolutely ridiculous” the protests had shut down the centre of town.

Another called it a hindrance to people going about their normal daily business, while a visitor called the protests “confrontational”.

Flag at Bendigo protest

At one point, protesters clashed after an Australian flag was burned by the anti-racist demonstrators. Police used capsicum spray on the anti-Islam protesters who were trying to push through the police line.

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United Patriots Front leader Blair Cottrell was seen washing his eyes out with water after police deployed the capsicum spray.

In his speech, Mr Cottrell lashed his opponents from the anti-racist protests as “losers, renegades and traitors”. The UPF have been engaged in ongoing street battles with left-wing groups, including outside State Parliament last month.

Hey racists go home sign at Bendigo protest Life-long Bendigo resident Sue McConnachie attended the rally with friends to show support for the mosque, but was disappointed with the level of aggression from both sides.

The Victorian and Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) found there was “no evidence of any significant social or other effects to the community” as a result of the mosque.

Members of the UPF vowed they would go “wherever they wanted because this land belongs to us” in a posting on Facebook before the protest.

Following the rally a 26-year-old North Melbourne woman was detained and issued two infringement notices after she was accused of burning a flag.

The infringements, $607 dollars each, were issued for ‘behaving in a riotous manner’ and ‘depositing burning litter’.

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Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne: antifascist events

Sydney, Saturday July 26
11am-1pm, Woolworths, Illawarra Rd Marrickville

Racist scum are trying to intimidate & drive out religious minorities from Marrickville, while promoting white nationalism.
They have decided to target the Woolworths (Illawarra Road) for the grievous crime of wishing its customers ‘Happy Ramadan’.
We are standing up against these hateful people to let them know their views are not welcome.
(Facebook event link, includes link to event organised by “Patriots Defence League”)

Sydney, Saturday July 26
1pm, IKEA, Princess Highway, Tempe

The extreme right wing Australia First Party are holding a public forum at 1:30 on the 26th July, at their Tempe headquarters. They are Australia’s most notorious and prominent Neo Nazi sect with a violent agenda. They will be operating in conjunction with the fascist Greek organisation, Golden Dawn. Their forum is titled ‘End the Ethnic Cleansing of Australians from our Education Institutions’.
This is targeting all foreign influence & presence in Australia, with an exclusively euro-centric view.
We need to send a clear message to these groups that they are not welcome.
Attendance is paramount to make our opposition to a divided community known.
We are meeting underneath the IKEA clock (730 princes highway, Tempe) on Princes Highway, at 1pm, and from there marching to the AFP bunker down the road.
(Facebook event link)

Adelaide, Sunday 27 July
The Adelaide franchise of the Patriots Defence League (a splinter of the Australian Defence League) is planning on holding a BBQ at Bonython Park/Tulya Wodli. Joining the Patriots will be some anti-fascists:
Racists are organising a recruitment BBQ to create a network of fascists in SA. We’re organising a counter-meeting on the same day where people who are motivated by inclusiveness and compassion can meet, share food, listen to music and participate in a group discussion on how to tackle issues relating to racial division in SA. Bring friends and confront hatred with humanity.
(via Slackbastard)

Melbourne, Sunday 27 July
On the same day in Melbourne the Melbourne Anarchist Club is holding a benefit gig for imprisoned anti-fascist Jock Palfreeman. Kick-off is 3pm, entry is $10 and all proceeds are going to the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Association. See also : Continued Assaults on Asylum Seekers in Sofia Central Prison (July 21, 2014) | Free Jock Palfreeman : July 2014 Update (July 4, 2014).
(via Slackbastard)

Sydney: more antifascist action

On Friday the 28th of February a tiny sect of Australian nazis and some expat Greek ultranationalists gathered outside the Greek consulate in solidarity with the fascist scum of the Golden Dawn. The event was not promoted online, and antifascists were only alerted to the event a couple days prior by the appearance of posters in Earlwood. The nazi posters were torn down, followed by antifascist graffiti painted around Earlwood, Turrella, Sydenham and St Peters. The Australia First party HQ was also vandalised for the second time in just over a week and anti-racist posters were pasted around Newtown and Enmore.

When the Nazis gathered infront of the consulate, a dozen antifascists insulted and heckled the Nazis with slogans in English and Greek, and were pushed back across the road by NSW and Federal police. A couple banners were held and hundreds of leaflets were distributed in the area denouncing racism and the fascist sects in Greece and Australia. Fascism and the organisations that promote it must be opposed and attacked wherever it appears.

Antifascists Sydney

Fascists Fuck off

Sydney: Antifascist Actions

Death to Fascism

On the 26th of January in Brisbane, a few members of a fascist sect called the ‘Australia First Party’ attempted to disrupt the annual invasion day march held by the local indigenous community.

On the same day in Canberra the fuehrer of the party, Jim Saleam (former leader of ‘National Action’ and ’Australian Nazi Party’) gave a podium speech at a protest against the new Bikie laws in Queensland.

Back in December the party held a small rally outside the Greek consulate in Sydney in support of the ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn party.

In the early hours of February 16 we responded to those provocations by vandalising the ‘Australia First’ headquarters in Tempe, Sydney. We cracked the front windows and stained the glass with paintbombs and etching fluid and sprayed ‘FUCK AUSSIE PRIDE’ and ‘DEATH TO FASCISM’ across the facade.

A week earlier on the 6th of February another small nationalist sect called the ‘Party for Freedom’ had attempted to host an ‘African crime forum’ in Newtown. Continue reading “Sydney: Antifascist Actions”