UK: Anti fascists were happy to hear that after an excellent campaign by many in Oxford, including great work by Oxford Unite Against Fascism, the Oxford Union has withdrawn a speaking invitation next week to the far right AfD leader, Alice Weidel.
Originally published by Unite Against Fascism.
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The AfD is a racist party with a fascist wing that is the third largest party in Germany.
It was fascists in the AfD organised around a manifesto and a structure called “The Wing”, who led violent ‘protests’ in Chemnitz. A racist mob rampaged through the town chasing foreigners, muslims and others.
For several years, the AfD in Chemnitz has been railing against traditional far right scapegoats such as refugees. The party has become a reservoir for fascists and nationalists.
The AfD has prepared the ground for the Nazis to dare to march openly—its policies act like a fire lighter.
AfD MP Markus Frohnmaier tweeted, “If the state can no longer protect citizens, people go out on the street and protect themselves. Today it is a civic duty to stop deadly migration!”
The Union has a long history of inviting fascists, from Oswald Mosley of the British Union of Fascists to Nick Griffin and Marine Le Pen. Anti fascists have long campaigned against giving such hate speakers a platform to utter vile prejudice and inflammatory racism. Tommy Robinson is another who has been graced ‘free speech’ at the union.
Oxford UAF and Stand Up To Racism members had initiated a broad based campaign which drew support from students, academics, authors, local trades unionists, and MP’s. The New York Times newspaper and CNN were among publications carrying news of the anti fascists campaign, www.nytimes.com/2018/10/31/world/europe/oxford-afd-weidel-far-right.html?
Oxford UAF and SUTR issued this press release on hearing the news.
Kate Douglas from Oxford SUR said “This is an important victory for anti-racists. We were expecting hundreds to join our protest, and the cancellation shows that anti-racists can make a difference if they organise and mobilise. The Stand Up To Racism campaign united campaigners, councillors, academics, trade unionists, students and Oxford residents and drew the support of the local Labour MP. All oppose the Oxford Union giving a platform to a representative of a party that is deeply racist and has Nazi members. The AfD has built it’s fortunes on the racist scapegoating of Muslims, migrants and refugees and played a key role in neo-Nazis hunting migrants on the streets of Chemnitz. Already we face a sharp rise in racist attacks and didn’t want racism being fuelled here. “
Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of UAF, said ” Across the world we are seeing a rise in racism and the far right. Far right and fascists seek the prestige of institutions like the Oxford Union to legitimise their racist views. Wherever racism is given credibility it emboldens racists to launch attacks, as was the case in the horrific murder of 11 Jews at their synagogue in Pittsburgh. In the UK fascists are trying to reorganise to build a street movement around EDL founder Tommy Robinson. We say ‘Never Again’ and call on all anti-racists to support the call by Dianne Abbott MP and John McDonnell MP to join the TUC backed Unity march against racism and fascism on November 17th.”
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