In The Area
A Newsletter from AFA Ireland
\ \ FOR GREEK \ D E M O C R AC Y \ \ With recent parliamentary elections in Greece \ proving to be the first test of the government’s the outcome \ foreign loanofagreement, of the bailoutwas clear: a rejection the terms and a \ fragmentation of the vote so severe that the \ two more established parties were scrambling \ to form alliances in a hung Parliament. Having \ received two bailouts from the EU and IMF, totalprogrammes \ ling €240bn, the fiscal adjustmentcaused imdemanded in return for this have \ mense damage leading to widespread protests. \ \ Michael and Seán, the DRM leadership, or, well... membership \ \ \ \ And so the shattered wraith that is the Demoport of London Underground racist ranter \ cratic Right Movement (DRM), shuffles its way, Jacqueline Woodhouse whom he hailed as \ ever onward to dusty death. A cesspit containing a ‘martyr’ prompted Kavanagh to stay away \ the last remnants of Irish fascism, including a from the event. NSRUS at least knew the student member of the Golden Dawn, anti-fasscore and it was probably these that advised \ cists in Ireland have found themselves reluctant Kavanagh to avoid the prospect of a clash \ to get too close to these as, an association at with anti-fascists. \ any level may make one look pathetic. \ Kavanagh’s cowardice and indeed his feeble \ Logo of far-right Greek party, Of Ireland’s two principle fascist ‘visionaries’, excuses over his not showing up led, first John Kavanagh has taken to occasional mutto his expulsion from the DRM and then his \ Golden Dawn. terings on the net, while his former partner, resorting to sending more emails to the AFA \ Both Pasok (Center Socialist) and New Dethe odorous Michael Quinn, continues to haaccount, giving out information on his former \ mocracy (Center Right), the country’s two rangue the internet with his embarrassingly comrades perhaps in the hope that AFA \ traditionally dominant parties, suffered deamateurish youtube videos. These continue would take action where he was reluctant. seats in \ feats, no party winning a majority ofsecured to display such unsavoury social retardation, the 300-member parliament. Pasok that they could probably only be improved Aside from the fuhrer pretenders’ petulant \ only 41 seats with 13.18 percent of the vote, upon by a sudden violent rectal prolapse on behaviour, it has also emerged, via Kavanagh, \ New Democracy getting 18.85 percent (108 air. that Quinn thinks that God is talking to him, \ seats), the results putting them behind the putting phonebooks up his jacket to ward \ Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza), which Containing the residue of not only the off sniper bullets. Quinn also, it seems, lives opposes Greece’s agreement with its foreign tough-talking but ultimately craven Celtic in self-made squalor, Kavanagh commenting \ lenders, which drew 16.78 percent (52 seats). Wolves, the DRM also, it transpires, conon how he was reluctant to eat anything in \ Significantly however, the neo-Nazi Chrysi tained another little-known Nazi outfit, that his former friend’s house. Quinn however, \ Avgi (Golden Dawn) party took 6.8 percent of NSRUS. counters by pointing out how Kavanagh \ (21 seats), compared with less than 1 permade lewd and disgusting comments about \ cent in 2009. Back in 2002, reports of someone wearing his daughter. \ Fascists do tend to show a degree of subtlety fascist gear in a Limerick pub and C18style stickers being put up around the city’s And so, while the DRM and its splinters con- \ in the modern world. However, Golden backstreets drew AFA to investigate. Taking tinue to squabble, there have been questions \ Dawn proudly brandishes overtly fascist symtheir inspiration from a well-known toyshop, around what AFA should be doing. Given the \ bols, including the use of the Celtic Cross, NSRUS (Nationalist Socialists-R-US) having overt harmlessness of these idiots however; \ substituting the swastika for the similar apemerged, were nowhere to be found when in the words of Napoleon, ‘Never interrupt pearing Greek meander symbol. AFA went looking for them. Then as now, your enemy when he is making a mistake.’ Of \ these made the familiar macho claims on the \ Flushed with success then, no attempt was these there have been many. net about how easy it would be to beat up ‘a \ made to break with stereotypes as Golden red’, raising the question, ‘well why don’t you; Sinking to depths never before seen, the \ Dawn leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos, flanked even just once?’ DRM, in desperation, have decided to sup by men in tight black t-shirts, marched down with the devil, travelling North with begging \ the street in Athens yelling ‘liars’ and ‘You The DRM divorce, when it came, has been bowls to meet with members of the British \ must be ashamed for all your lies!’ at foreign ugly and indeed sickening. Quinn’s bizarre \ journalists following him. Showing the typiNational Party. What they hope to achieve notion to picket the British embassy in supwith such a collaboration has yet to be seen. \
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In t e r n a tional News
A policeman watches on as activists commemorate murdered 20 year old anti-fascist Nikita Kalin. J a n 2 1 . L i s b o n , Po r t u g a l . A small group of Fascists who infiltrate anti-austerity march are attacked and chased away. Most of the Fascists’ flags are captured and burnt. Feb 18. Liverpool, England. A parade commemorating Liverpool born Republican Sean Phelan, who was killed during the War of Independence in 1921, is re-routed after protest from large group of far-right thugs. Incident leads to re-grouping of Liverpool AntiFascists and a wider network network of people getting involved. Feb 9. Samara, Russia. The body of 20 year old anti-fascist Nikita Kalin, stabbed 61 times by neoNazis, is found by a janitor. F e b 2 5 . B e r l i n , G e r m a n y. Fritz Teppich, the last surviving German International Brigader, dies at the age of 93. Feb 27. Hertfordshire, England. Scot Thomas Watters, the last surviving Scottish International Brigader, dies at the age of 99. Watters served with the Scottish ambulance unit. F e b 2 9 . L a s Ve g a s , U S A . Three people are charged with first degree murder and firearms offenses in relation to the 1998 deaths of Anti-Racist Action skinheads Lin Newborn and Daniel Shersty. March 25. Edmonton, Canada. White power rally lasts only minutes after two dozen Nazis are confronted by 100 anti-racist counter-protesters. M a rc h 3 1 . A a r h u s , D e n m a r k . 4,000 people protest against 160 English Defence League (EDL) activists. 80 people arrested. A p r i l 1 4 . K a t o w i c e , Po l a n d . 150 anti-Fascists arrested after attempted blockade of Nazi march. April 22. Brigton, England. Up to 1,500 people counter-protest, blockade and force the rerouting of EDL linked ‘March for England’. Resounding victory for anti-Fascists.. M ay 1 . E s k i l s t u n a , S w e d e n . 1000+ anti-fascists blockade and attack neo-Nazi march. Eight Fascists hospitalised. M a y 5 . B r i t a i n .
BNP lose six council seats and see its share of the vote drop by as much as half in some of its former strongholds. They now only have 3 councillors left down from 57 in 2009. May 19. Chicago, USA. Squad of 30 anti-fascists attack the 5th annual White Nationalist Economic Summit and Illinois White Nationalist Meet-and-Greet. Ten Nazis injured, five anti-Fascists arrested.
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Michaloliakos blustered, ‘You defamed me, you shut my mouth - I won.’ The party and he are one and the same it seems. The mainstream narrative sees the current situation as a problem of extremes, the Daily Mail running the headline, ‘Greece in chaos: Fears country could fall into hands of Neo-Nazi or left-wing extremists after attempts to form government collapse’. The people’s choices are presented as that of anarchy, or more rule by the old parties of New Democracy and Pasok. As events continue to unfold, Michaloliakos, has said, ‘Greece is only the beginning,’ he could not resist declaring that, ‘The time for fear has come – we are coming.’ Thanks for the warning Nikos, most fascists wait until they are in power before they give the game away.
To mark the milestone of our 21st birthday, AFA Ireland will be hosting three days of music, political discussion and celebration in Dublin City in the first weekend of October. Already, comrades from Denmark, Croatia, Germany and Italy have indicated that they will be joining us. At the moment, we are currently drawing up a near comprehensive list of active European anti-Fascists groups to send out invitations to. As well as enjoying ourselves with a well-earned party, we feel that the weekend is an ideal chance to build new contacts and strengthen existing ones with traveling anti-Fascists. Friday evening will see a private drinks reception and the launch of a pamphlet on the history of the Far-right and antiFascist resistance in Ireland from 1945 to the present day. On Saturday afternoon, we will host a panel discussion with three overseas activists. An English comrade will be talking about the recent criminal trials and the re-organisation of militant anti-Fascism, an Italian comrade on the emergence of Casa Pound and the steps being taken to combat their growth and an Eastern European comrade on the increasingly violent struggle against the far-right after the spotlight on the UEFA Euro championships has moved on. Later that night a benefit gig will be held in the upstairs Loft venue of The Grand Social on Liffey Street with leading Punk, Ska, Reggae and Oi! bands and DJs. Allowing for sore heads to get a decent fry, we have organised an anti-Fascist and radical left history walking tour of the city on Sunday early afternoon. Incorporated will be a special unveiling of a plaque dedicated to all Irish anti-Fascists who have struggled over the last 80+ years. To wind up the weekend’s events, there’ll be a trad and ballad session with renowned group of singers and musicians.Venue will be confirmed shortly. We hope you can join us on the 5-7 October in Dublin. Keep an eye out on Facebook and our website for updates.
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C E L E B R AT I N G 2 1 Y E A R S OF AFA IRELAND
In the run up to our 21st birthday celebrations, AFA Ireland are undertaking a major historical survey of the Irish Far-Right from 1945 – 1991. As such, we are looking for any information on the following organisations or associated individuals: Ailtirí na hAiséirghe (post 1945) Council of National Action (1948 - late 1950s) National Union/Aontas Naisiunta (1950 – 1954) United Christian Nationalist Party/ The Black Legion (1951-1954) Nationalist Information Bureau Irish contacts (c1951) Resurgence Magazine (1959) National Social Union of Ireland (1962 – mid 1960s) Irish National Youth (c1963) National Movement (c1968 – c1972)
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
National Socialist Irish Workers Party (1968 – c1987) Social Action Initiative (1986 – 1988) Celtic Dawn/Blood & Honour (c1989 – c1991) This may include newspaper clippings, photos, fascist literature or general anecdotes. We are also interested in any information on Fascist/anti-Semitic attacks, international Fascists who visited or lived in Ireland or any related information. We are particularly interested in accounts of anti-Fascists opposition or indeed from any reformed fascists who want to tell their story. Our aim is not to exaggerate the influence of Ireland’s Fascist groups but to draw up an accurate, historical timeline. Contact: email@example.com
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AFA IRELAND HELP SPREAD THE WORD
AFA Ireland have always stated that we must take a multi-faceted, pre-active stance in stamping out the weed that is fascism before it takes root in this country. While that means challenging it both physically and politically, it also means the spreading of our ideas through culture, music and football being the obvious outlets. Members often hang AFA flags on terraces at their respective football clubs, and we always make sure there is an attendance at the gigs of sympathetic bands.
With this in mind, over the last two months, AFA were delighted to take up the invitation to host stalls at (as well as the Gernika commemoration,) two high profile events on the Dublin punk scene. The first gig was Oi Polloi in Fibbers on Parnell Street on March 16th. Approximately 200 people paid in on the night, and a packed out bar led to a rip-roaring gig. Support came from Droppin’ Bombs, Complan and SFU. Oi Polloi were happy to see a portion of the profit from the night go towards AFA Ireland, and gave us a shout out from the stage. We sold out our remaining stock of AFA/ Starry Plough t-shirts, sold several back issues of No Quarter, and everyone went home with copies of ITA 4. We also managed to make some great contacts, the most important thing to come away with. On a sidenote, some members had a word in the ear of a young buck who thought it would be smart to come up to our stall and tell us he was a “proud national socialist.” Stupid or brave, not sure.
Support to Oi Polloi, Complan, on-stage. Close to two hundred attended the gig, with a similar amount attending the Analogs gig in May. The second gig we were invited to attend was The Analogs in Fibbers on the Quays on May 12th. The Analogues are a seminal street punk band from Poland and their fame was obvious with a jampacked bar and a constant stream of people coming through the door. Support at this gig came from Runnin’ Riot, the Basque Conspiracy and Psychopigs, each band generating a great response from the crowd, with not a space to be had on the floor. A collection box was in place at the entrance to the gig in aid of antifascists detained in Katowice, Poland on the 14th April 2012. Antifascists had tried to block a far right-wing demonstration of ONR (A Radical National Camp) and got into scuffles with the police during the action. Six arrests were made, mostly for distturbing the peace etc., but police have tried to pin one charge of assaulting a police officer on one activist; much more serious. We had just received delivery of our new “hurl smashing swastika t-shirts” that week so were delighted with the positive feedback from Polish and Irish alike. We made a good dent in our stock, and again, made some good friends within the Polish community. Thats not to say it was all work and no play!
Please be sure to pass on any details of fascist activity in your area. You can contact us by any of the means listed below. As well as this newsletter, we produce a magazine, “No Quarter” which can be purchased for €2.50 also by mailing the address below. Homepage: www.afaireland.yolasite.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/afaireland E- Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: Anti- Fascist Action, PO Box 3355, Dublin, Ireland, Feel free to take extra copies and distribute them in your area.
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