UAF- how NOT to fight fascism
antifa 12.12.2008 23:59
Unite Against Fascism’ and ‘Love Music Hate Racism’ are great sounding slogans so it’s unfortunate that the organisations behind them are so crap. We think it’s worth taking the time to look at the organisation that wants your time and money and what they do to fight fascism.
The approach of Unite Against Fascism is based on calling on people to vote for any party which isn’t the BNP, usually Labour though, at election time to build ‘anti-fascist’ majorities and prevent fascists from being elected councillors or MPs. The growth of the BNP shows that this is a pitiful failure and it’s not hard to see why.
By telling people to vote Labour or Tory to keep the BNP out they are basically asking people to vote for the same parties that created all the problems that made them turn to the BNP in the first place.
There is a reason people are turning to the BNP and it’s because many are rightly pissed off at the mainstream parties.
The BNP have positioned themselves as a radical alternative meaning that demanding people vote for the parties who have done them so much harm isn’t just a bad strategy but the worst possible strategy.
UAF is an electoral platform for anyone but the BNP which turns fighting fascism into defending the status quo. Beyond this basic idea there are few other ideas except vague slogans about ‘uniting people’ or ‘smashing the Nazis’ with no action involved except organising pop concerts, rallies or handing out leaflets.
This is the sort of ‘anti-fascism’ that involves making people feel good about themselves rather than tackling fascist groups.
When UAF aren’t channelling people into pointless activity they’re actively harming the anti-fascist movement.
Time and time again, UAF have collaborated with the cops on demos to prevent effective action being taken. Recently in Derby and Liverpool the UAF leadership worked with the police to disperse protestors, split demos and lie about what the BNP were up to.
Who appointed them leaders anyway?
This behaviour would be laughable if the situation wasn’t so serious.
After being buried at the cost of millions of lives decades ago the far right is on the rise all across Europe. Chanting and waving placards at fascists will do absolutely nothing to stop this. We advise anyone serious about antifascism and tackling the BNP to get in touch with Antifa. www.antifa.org.uk firstname.lastname@example.org PO Box 467, London E8 3QX