Resist the EDL in Amsterdam (October 30)

Amsterdam anti-fascists call for resistance to pro-Wilders EDL demonstration

http://antifaamsterdam.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/press-release-amsterdam-anti-fascists-call-out-for-resistance-against-pro-wilders-edl-demonstration/

‘Defence leagues’ plan Amsterdam show of support for Geert Wilders

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/08/far-right-geert-wilders-protest

The English Defence League and other European far-right groups modelled on the EDL are planning to demonstrate in Amsterdam in support of Geert Wilders at the conclusion of his trial for inciting racism.

On the 30th of October, the notorious racist hooligans from the English Defence League (EDL) are planning a demonstrative gathering on the Museumplein in Amsterdam.

They are doing this to express their support for Geert Wilders as he awaits the verdict in his trial on charges of incitement to hatred and discrimination. They also want to use this event to launch a pan-European movement with new divisions formed in the Netherlands and France.

The EDL are a mixed collection of racists, neo-Nazis and hefty hooligans who in Great Britain organise regular demonstrations that most of the time end in brutal violence against random members of the public, cops and counter protestors.

Only last weekend, 1500 cops in Leicester couldn’t prevent boozed up and drugged out EDL members from breaking out of their [“kettled”] demonstration and vandalising multiple shops, attempting to storm a mosque, attacking journalists and assaulting migrants.

At a previous solidarity demonstration with Wilders, masked EDL members repeatedly chanted racist abuse.

Prominent figures in the EDL include several members of the fascist BNP party, a number of hooligans convicted for serious violence, and the notorious Northern Irish terrorist Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair.

You can also find very controversial figures within the recently launched Dutch branch, the “Dutch Defence League.” A prominent role seems to be reserved for the extreme-rightwing professional activist Ben van der Kooi, a regular participant of everything from Pim Fortuijn remembrances to all-out neo-Nazi demonstrations, who in 2006 was cleared of committing arson in an Rotterdam mosque only on a technicality.

Like Wilders, the EDL/DDL offer no solution to the very real problems facing our society, but only spread their poison of hate and intolerance.

It is for this reason that Antifa!-Amsterdam and AFA (AntiFascist Action)-Netherlands call on everyone to come to the Museumplein on the 30th of October to resist this racist scum.

They appeal to anyone fed up with the tsunami of hate, discrimination and intolerance that is engulfing the Netherlands at the moment, to anyone who no longer wants to see how people are oppressed and pitted against each other. They also call on everybody to show on this day, each in their own way but loudly and clearly, that enough is more than enough.

Because as someone recently said at an information evening organised by AFA, “If the EDL are an indication of what awaits us if Wilders gets his wish for paramilitaries, then broad but uncompromising resistance is a bitter necessity.”

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Editor’s Note. We have lightly edited the preceding action call to make it more readable.

As always, we are grateful for receipt of this information from the Reclaiming Spaces mailing list:

http://www.reclaiming-spaces.org


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One response to “Resist the EDL in Amsterdam (October 30)

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    “Like Wilders, the EDL/DDL offer no solution to the very real problems facing our society, but only spread their poison of hate and intolerance.”

    What do you think are the “very real” problems facing our society?

    And what are your solutions for said problems?

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