Edinburgh Antifascists Reformed

The following communique is a statement from Edinburgh Antifascists. It represents a formal declaration of intent and also an invitation to all like-minded individuals and groups concerned about the rise of fascism both at home and abroad.

After a period of inactivity, we have resurrected Edinburgh Antifascist Alliance and represent the latest iteration of a coordinated Antifascist group in the Edinburgh and Borders region.

We aim to provide a broad front for all autonomous leftists and
anti-authoritarians determined to fight fascism in all its forms, from
the bigotry of the national front to the hatred and terror of Nazis like
National Action/National Socialist Network, the nationalist thuggery of the pathetic Scottish Defence League, and the menace of the so called “alt-right” and their lackluster memes.

We stand against oppression in all of its forms, including (but not
limited to) racism, sexism, ableism & homophobia. We see the fight
against all these forms of intersecting oppression as vital elements in
the struggle to crush the resurgent far right, who pray on the most
vulnerable and marginalized in our society. We stand with the oppressed as partners and allies in the defence of our communities against those that would seek to divide us along racial and gendered lines. We decisively reject the tired and failed liberal and moderate anti-fascism of opportunist groups like Unite against Fascism (UaF), Stand up to Racism (SutR) and the authoritarian entryism of failed left alternatives such as the Socialist Worker’s Party and their cronies. We believe that to defeat the far right we must oppose them at all levels of our society, from the communities, schools and neighbourhoods we live, study and work in, to the streets the fascist menace dares to step foot within. As such, we represent an intersectional, militant & autonomous grassroots alternative that respects a diversity of tactics and approaches to defeating fascism in all it’s forms.

Fascism is an ideology of power. As such we believe it is not to be
debated, but to be smashed. In order to truly represent the spirit of
antifascist struggle, we must organise ourselves autonomously and
democratically, free from the influence and control of self-interested
political parties and dithering external interests. We stand firmly for
these principles, and we will not retreat or back down. We invite all
like minded groups and individuals to join us in working towards these goals in the spirit of cooperation and solidarity.

We meet fortnightly and welcome your participation and comradeship in any and every capacity.  We are organizing both offline and on and we can’t wait to meet you.

See you in the streets!

In Love, Solidarity & Rage,

Edinburgh Antifa

Opposing the SDL in Edinburgh This Weekend

As you may have heard, despite the rejection of their initial application for a march by Edinburgh City Council, the SDL are planning a static demonstraton on Saturday in Edinburgh. They have been advertising widely amongst the EDL and there has been serious response with hundreds coming if you look at the several pages they are using to promote it.

There has been politcal factionalism within the EDL and groups calling themselves North West Infidels and North East Infidels have been allying themselves with the SDL. These are groups that promote National Front and Stormfront approved ideals and are recieving a more enthused  response from fascists on Stormfront than the mixed response the EDL recieved. With the recent arrest of EDL posterboy Tommy Robinson/Stephen Yaxley Lennon there may well be a power struggle on the horizon. This grouping, calling themselves Infidels of Britain, are looking to organise a large National Front style demo in the north of England on the 8th October, using Enoch Powell as their posterboy. It appears that Edinburgh is a strong part of the build up for a grouping that purports links with Nazi Nick Greger, Paul Ray  and their Order 777. Men who had direct contact with Anders Breivik before his act of terrorism in Oslo.

In response Edinburgh Anti-Fascist Alliance have called on anti-fascists to meet at the foot of the Mound at 11 am on Saturday the 10th of September to show our solidarity against any fascist threat. Fascism and its products are not welcome on our streets. This is the eve of September 11th an anniversary when thousands died in the USA in an act of callous terrorism. It should not be hijacked by those who wish to profit from vengeance with tyranny. It is also the eve of the anniversary of the military coup d’etat of Augusto Pinochet in Chile. A military intervention that led to the “disappearance” of 40,000 people. Today in Chile students protesting education cuts face tear gas, sewage/water cannon and police brutality on even the smallest demonstration. On Sunday they will also remember their 9/11. Let us take heed from their example and remember the innocents and their families and their struggle for social and criminal justice.

Let us take to the streets, together and say loudly to those who wish to divide us and take our critical eye off the government.

NO PASARAN!

Saturday 10th September, 11am at the foot of the Mound near the National Gallery.

Scottish Antifascist Alliance Formed

In a joint Glasgow and Edinburgh Anti-Fascists meeting on Saturday 13th, it was decided to form a national network to counter far-right organisations across Scotland. This network is called Scottish Anti-Fascist Alliance.

The main decisions of the meeting:
* Scottish Anti-Fascist Alliance:
A statement of founding principles is being worked out, and will be  ratified in a national meeting in Glasgow, date to be confirmed.
The meeting invited anti-fascists Scotland wide to join in this national network, and to set up local organising groups.
A website and national organising email list to be created, and will be published soon.
* Bolton Mobilisation:
The meeting resolved to go to Bolton via public transport the day before the demonstration (19th March), and to subsidise its members transport costs, however any members wanting to go on the 20th March should do so. It was decided to meet up with Manchester anti-fascists, and join with their Bolton mobilisation.
* Community Organising
To continue to support anti-racist community organising as a strategy to counter the far right, along-side street mobilisations