antifa notes (january 16, 2009)

Russia

[For Dion]

New wave of neo-Nazi violence hits Saint Petersburg?
RT
January 16, 2010

Saint Petersburg’s Nazi group has assumed responsibility for the December murder of a Ghana citizen, Fontanka.ru reported. Police hope that the internet video confession will help them find the criminals.

In a video the group posted online, a man in a mask greets his fellow extremists, calling for further terror. In an address, Nazi group NS-WP confessed that they killed 25 year-old Solomon Attengo Gvadjo [French] on December 25. The man suffered some 40 knife wounds to the stomach, head, neck, chest, arms and legs.

See also : The Anniversary of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova’s Murders, Boris Kagarlitsky, Eurasian Home, January 14, 2010.

UK

See also : Rise in hate crime follows BNP council election victories, Robert Booth, guardian.co.uk, January 15, 2010 | Bomb cache bus driver Gavan ‘obsessed with weapons’, Norfolk Unity (BBC), January 15, 2010 | Four investigated over neo-Nazi links, Norfolk Unity (Journal Live), January 14, 2010 | Splitting The BNP Vote?, Malatesta, January 12, 2010:

The general election is going to be a hard one. Labour will be battling for their lives given the appalling polls against them. The BNP will pressurise Labour in some areas like Barking or Oldham but also miss out on places like Birmingham through disorganisation. The BNP has money problems and Griffin’s prolific output of monthly begging letters to the membership will no doubt increase in frequency. In wards with potential there is also the possibility of splitting the racist vote between UKIP and the NF: the chances of ‘nationalist solidarity’ pulling all the factions together is highly unlikely.

Speaking of the National Front — which has picked up a few disillusioned BNP members in recent months — I’ve been reading Martin Walker’s 1977 book on the party. He overestimates their enduring significance (partly as a failure to recognise the ability of political systems to absorb and neutralise dissident elements) but does provide an entertaining excursion into the post-WWII fascist wilderness. Of particular note is the antics of the League of Empire Loyalists, whose ‘culture jamming’ excursions into imperialism were largely confined to Conservative Party conferences. Otherwise, the themes which Walker notes animated fascists in this period of British history are very similar to those which cause contemporary fascists to piss and moan.

Same old story.

Australia

As for local fascists, Australia First is still keenly awaiting its official registration with the AEC, while seeking to portray chief rivals in the Australian Protectionist Party as Zionist stooges. For its part, the APP points to the rather odd fact that AF party leader Dr James Saleam is of non-White descent. (In which case, one of the most practical things Herr Doktor could accomplish in order to ensure a return to the White Australia policy — recapitulated by disgraced former Macquarie University academic Andrew Fraser in his essay ‘Rethinking the White Australia Policy’ (widely available on the ah, Internets; see also : ‘Reinventing a Ruling Class’, Telos, No.128, Summer 2004) — would be to buy himself a plane ticket outta here.)

Otherwise, AF has been busy setting up blogs. One in particular has come to the attention of Michelle Webster:

Far-right fanatics coming to town
The Daily Advertiser
January 15, 2010

AN EXTREME right-wing political party is looking to set up a Riverina base and has already started spouting its agenda online.

The Australia First Party (AFP) has established an online blog entitled “Australian Identity” which has already taken a swipe at a leading regional identity while also making derogatory comments about minority groups, particularly Wagga’s Sudanese community…

On AF, see also : The Idealistic Faces Of “Australianism” (November 28, 2009). Of particular, musical note are Saleam’s comments regarding Blood & Honour, a global neo-Nazi network. The group — whose Victorian organiser, Justin O’Brien of Hold Fast Body Art, armed with capsicum spray, was one of four boneheads to attend an anarchist social centre in Melbourne last September and to have threatened those present (a group campaigning against sexual violence) with violence — has been described by him as ‘pro Australian’, its annual tribute to Ian Stuart Donaldson — dead bonehead and co-founder of the network — as simply ‘a younger person’s music gig’.

At least he has a sense of humour.

Another neo-Nazi pro-Australian, bonehead younger person’s music gig is being organised for April on the Gold Coast. Titled Hammered, it takes place on April 17 (a few days shy of the birthday of everyone’s favourite dead foreign incestuous coprophiliac dictator).

And remember Kids…

“There’s today a really spiritual quality in the willingness of Germans to devote themselves to the well-being of the state.” ~ Robert Menzies, 1938.

Hold Fast Body Art : “It’s (neo-Nazi) shit!”

For some real skinhead, see : Big Shot zine. Reggae / Soul / Skinhead / Mod [mostly German].

Love Music. Hate Racism…*

*…and capitalism. And the state. And patriarchy.

[Italy]

White hoods and omertà
Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici (FdCA)
January 11, 2010

    Slavery did not come about because of the “inferiority” of blacks or the perversity of whites. It flourished as long as there was profit in it. Racial prejudice was created and allowed to grow in order to provide a justification at all times for the exploitation of a coloured workforce. ~ Daniel Guérin

What happened in Rosarno has without doubt come as a slap in the face to all those who believe in and fight for a different world where sides based on race, language and religion face up to each other are just an ugly memory, and to all those who see the unity of all workers, wherever they are from, as the only force able to build a better society of free equals.

The violence of the State and of these new Calabrian Ku Klux Klans armed with rifles and iron bars, with more than a hint of agricultural ‘ndrangheta, towards the community of immigrants is an unfortunate reminder of the stories of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Slaves without rights, both men and women, killed by their work and by their clandestine conditions imposed by a rapist, mafioso State that has every interest in keeping in the dark thousands of people in inhuman living conditions, massed together in abandoned factories and in buildings without electricity or even without water so as to be able to exploit them, surrounded by complete and total silence. Men and women with the same coloured skin as those in America who worked the cotton fields, treated as beasts of burden and beaten both by the police and by the racism of people who have been reduced to brutes through the influence of a subculture that drip-feeds them with ignorance and quarrelsomeness in order to close their eyes to the real problems that assail the country, using them and manoeuvring them to create social disorder when necessary.

What is happening in Calabria is – make no mistake – no different to what happens in Apulia, in Campania, in all the southern regions (and even elsewhere), where the law is used by illegality in order keep certain men and women chained by the most bestial forms of exploitation one can imagine.

The slavery of clandestine workers, men and women, in the land of the ‘ndrangheta, the mafia, the camorra and the big landowners is good for everyone: for the mafiosi owners of the orange and tomato plantations, who get free or almost-free labour from workers who cannot group together to fight for rights and have to submit to the laws laid down by the slavedrivers; for the government, who thanks to the images it can show on TV can invent new inane, racist laws such as the latest imposing a 30% limit on the numbers of foreign children in classrooms, passed at the same time as the African migrants were revolting.

The slaves’ revolt is everyone’s revolt, because it is standing up to the racism of the State, against mafia exploitation and for the dignity which should be enjoyed by every man and woman. It is a revolt that carries within it the courage and desperation of those who have nothing to lose and those who, unlike many Italians, are not afraid of the mafia because it is not part of their cultural heritage.

Let all those who work illegally be immediately given citizenship, rights and a home; let the lands worked today by slaves be cultivated by collectives of workers, be they Italian or foreign; let goods be given back their value in labour; we need this so that men and women will no longer be bought and sold, so that work can be a source of life and rights and not a struggle between the exploited, so that we can once more buy tomatoes and oranges that are not filled with blood, so that we can put an end to the indecent decay that the ruling class – both elected and hidden – has rained down over this country where we live. In the meantime, civil disobedience against the racist, freedom-killing laws that surround us: let all those who managed to escape the police round-ups after the revolt be helped to live, and live freely.

See also : Far Outliers, “Exploring migrants, exiles, expatriates, and out-of-the-way peoples, places, and times, mostly in the Asia-Pacific region”.

Bonus GOLD GOLD GOLD for Australia!

Aborigines have ‘worst’ life expectancy
Larine Statham
(AAP)
January 15, 2010

Australia’s Aborigines have the worst life expectancy rates of any indigenous population in the world, a United Nations report says. But it’s not news to Aboriginal health experts. They say it simply confirms what Australian health services have known for years…

See also : New UN report paints grim picture for world’s indigenous peoples, Radio Australia, January 15, 2010.

About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2020 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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