Unite Against Fascism is an anti-fascist organisation in the United Kingdom that campaigns against right wing and fascist organisations.
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Supporters and Leaders
The chairman of UAF is the left-wing politician Ken Livingstone. He is well-known for supporting red fascists, Islamo-fascists (such as Yusuf Al-Qaradawi) and any brown extremist he can lay his hands on (which is not a nice thought). Red Ken used to focus on other identity groups like lesbians and gays until he realised that his new-found reactionary Muslim friends wanted to kill them.
The UAF joint secretary, Weyman Bennet, is a well-known anti-racist and anti-Semite who has even been classed as ‘mad’ by his fellow far leftists. He once said that ‘Jews should go back to New York’ – even though many Israeli Jews (or their ancestors) have been in the Middle East for over two thousand years. He is also on the Central Committee of the red-fascist group, the Socialist Workers Party. Another leader of the UAF, Martin Smith, was also the National Secretary of the SWP. However, UAF has said that it has no connection to the SWP despite the fact that nearly every one of its leaders is a member of the SWP and most of its activists are members of the SWP as well. It must also be noted that the SWP produces UAF’s banners and arranges just about everything it does, including UAF’s coffee mornings.
Despite all that, the UAF stresses that many of ‘signatories’ and ‘members’ are not SWP members. They included Sir Teddy Taylor (who likes Bob Marley and other black-type musicians) and David Cameron (who once smoked a joint but didn’t inhale). Because they were signatories and members, rather than activists, they did not do much, or anything, for UAF other than appear on its website.
At Unite Against Fascism’s 2007 national conference, the speakers included the former Cabinet minister and ex-Trot Peter Hain. He said that he ‘simply adored brown and black people’and that he ‘reads the Koran every night, just before he reads ‘the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Torah, the Analects, the Talmud and the Bible’.
On the 9th of June, 2009, UAF demonstrated against a press conference given by Nick Griffin (outside the Houses of Parliament) by the democratic means of throwing eggs and threatening violence. This followed the election of Griffin as an MEP, one of the massive number of two BNP MEPs (which is nearly a tiny fraction of the left-wing MEPs) at the time. The protesters also kicked Griffin’s racist car and beat it with placards (a white car) as he was led away from the scene. Two members of the public were hospitalised as a result of this UAF protest against BNP violence and thuggery.
UAF did similar things when the BNP attempted to hold a press conference at a pub in Miles Platting, north of Manchester, the following day. They chanted red-fascist sentiments and tried to drown out Nick Griffin by playing speeches from Fidel Castro, Stalin and Yusuf Al-Qaradawi. One protester was arrested after spitting in the direction of a racist car belonging to a BNP member. Some UAF members have said that ‘he should have bombed the car’. But the SWP/UAF says it ‘does not believe in terrorism itself because it is individualist’ (rather than, say, morally wrong).
Police arrested 19 protesters during a demonstration by UAF against the British National Party’s ‘Red, White and Blue Festival’ in Codner, Derbyshire on Saturday August the 15th, 2009. Here again the UAF/SWP used its tried and tested and traditional approach of violence and intimidation.
UAF and the English Defence League
UAF has also demonstrated against the English Defence League (EDL) for daring to criticise Islam and Muslims (who are, some say, ‘so useful to the UAF/SWP cause’).