18. marts 2012
English Defence League har adskillige gange demonstreret i engelske storbyer, og konfronteres her systematisk af en gruppe kaldet United Against Fascisme (UAF) og/eller større grupper af islamister. Det går ofte hårdt for sig, men selvom medierne betegner EDL som en voldelig organisation, så er der ikke meget at basere det på, udover det man kunne kalde ‘krigerretorikken’. UAF, der sender repræsentanter til ‘folkefesten mod ekstremisme’ i Århus den 31. marts, er ud fra enhver betragtning langt værre.
To af de ledende i United Against Fascism, Martin Hall og Weymann Bennett er begge en del af centralkomiteen i Socialist Workers Party – det engelske trotskistparti. Her lidt om dem, sakset fra Wikipedia.
“On 22 October 2009, the UAF demonstration against Nick Griffin’s appearance on the BBC’s Question Time programme resulted in injuries to three police officers. SWP National Secretary and UAF national officer Martin Smith was found guilty of assaulting one of the police officers at South Western Magistrates’ Court, London, on 7 September 2010. He was sentenced to a 12-month community order, with 80 hours’ unpaid work, and was fined £450 pending an appeal.
On 20 March 2010 demonstrations from UAF and the English Defence League (EDL) in Bolton led to violent confrontations and the arrest of at least 55 UAF supporters, including the UAF protest organiser Weyman Bennett, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violent disorder. … After Bennett was charged and released, he accused the police of being hostile to anti-racists and called for an inquiry into the police’s actions that day. The police, while criticising the EDL for “vitriolic name-calling” blamed people predominantly associated with UAF for provoking violence and said that they “acted with, at times, extreme violence”.“
(Martin Hall foran BBC, 2009 – Weymann Bennett anholdes under EDL-moddemo i Bolton, 2010)
Daily Telegraphs Andrew Gilligan har detaljer om Azad Ali, UAF’s nyudnævnte næstformand – Ken Livingstone’s anti-fascist group appoints fascist as vice-chair.
“Azad is the new vice-chair of Unite Against Fascism, the ostensibly anti-racist group (in fact more of a meal-ticket for the leadership of the Socialist Workers’ Party.) Azad is the community affairs co-ordinator of the extremist Islamic Forum of Europe, which controls the East London Mosque and which is dedicated, in its own words, to changing the “very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed … from ignorance to Islam.” Through “hisbah” (the enforcement of Islamic law) and “jihad,” it aims to create a “global” Islamic dictatorship, the caliphate, and its “primary work” in this “is in Europe, because it is this continent, despite all the furore about its achievements, which has a moral and spiritual vacuum.”
… Azad has written on his IFE blog of his “love” for Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qaeda cleric. He used to attend talks by Al-Qaeda’s main representative in the UK, Abu Qatada. He has described al-Qaeda as a “myth” and said that the Mumbai terrorist attacks were not terrorism. On his IFE blog, he advocated the killing of British troops in Iraq… Filmed by an undercover reporter for my Channel 4 Dispatches on the IFE, Azad said: “Democracy, if it means at the expense of not implementing the sharia, of course no-one agrees with that.” His response to this exposure was to threaten our undercover reporter.
It would, I think, be fair to describe Azad Ali as an Islamic fascist.”
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