antifa notes (june 18, 2012)

Australia

Under pressure from critics, the ‘Australian Protectionist Party’ (APP) yesterday decided to abandon its public call for the mass murder of asylum seekers, declaring that the “previous title of this [Facebook] page “Torpedo the boats” was a sloganised [sic] version of our intent to torpedo the refugee boat policy of the federal government. Obviously, it was not a call to actually torpedo people, and anyone who claims otherwise is either lying or being deliberately obtuse.” Or, alternatively, accurately reporting their antics. The handful of public rallies previously organised by APP have failed to attract anything more than token support, and the party’s reputation is unlikely to have been improved by its latest idiocy.

Bulgaria

I overlooked this at the time of publication but imprisoned anti-fascist Jock Palfreeman was interviewed by Gabriel Hershman for the Sofia Echo in April. Sofia Central Prison is a ‘ridiculous’ institution, says Jock Palfreeman.

Chile

There were protests at a screening of a new film praising former dictator Augusto Pinochet in Santiago on June 10. Among those gathering to pay tribute to the General were a number of neo-Nazis, like other fascists presumably grateful for the protection of a large number of riot police.

Greece

The popular vote for the neo-Nazi ‘Golden Dawn’ has remained steady for the June 17 election, though the party appears to have secured 18 as opposed to 21 seats in the new Greek parliament. The official map of the results may be found here. Attacks on immigrants, some conducted in collaboration with police, will presumably continue if not escalate under whichever new government is formed. Otherwise, appeals by the Greek franchise of the International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist) — better known as the Spartacists — for a vote for the Greek Stalinists appears not to have moved the Greek masses in their direction, sadly, with KKE’s vote dropping to 4.5% overall.

Ireland

The latest edition of the Irish Anarchist Review (#5, Summer 2012) contains an article ‘Towards an anarchist anti-racism’, written by and for ‘a white anarchist’. Unfortunately, it’s not very useful, though it did draw my attention once again to the intriguing text ‘A few good reasons why white people should not wear ‘Mohawks’ or dreadlocks’ by C.K. Donovan & Q-L. Driskill.

Poland

Brian Whelan has written an interesting article on fascist football hooligans for VICE magazine. “Antifa fear that many members of the police and even mainstream political parties in Poland are sympathetic to the far-right. The problem is at its worst in the small city of Bialystok, near the border with Belarus, where hooligans have fallen under the influence of the neo-Nazi group Blood and Honour and police have failed to control the growing violence.”

United States

The ‘Tinley Park Five’ are a group of five men arrested and charged with attacking a White supremacist gathering in Tinley Park, a suburb of Chicago, in May. One of the alleged victims (Steven Eugene Speers) was also later arrested on child pornography charges and another (Francis John Gilroy, Jnr) for possessing a firearm (Pedophile and Fugitive Arrested at White Nationalist Gathering, ARA, May 21, 2012). Finally, my favourite Hollywood Nazi and fugitive Bill White got arrested last weekend, and looks set to spend another spell behind bars.

Anyway, here’s some Cro-Mags…

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 2021 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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5 Responses to antifa notes (june 18, 2012)

  1. Miss P says:

    I don’t understand how fascists get into parliaments. I understand how they get into a parliament technically but I don’t understand why people vote for them. Anyway I voted in the election. Not happy with results but I gave it a shot.

  2. @ndy says:

    Hey Miss P,

    Well there aren’t all that many. At least, not usually. GD draws its support from the establishment — police and bureaucrats — and typically older, male voters. Like fascists everywhere, they tend to be both angry and ignorant, and hence easy to manipulate against scapegoats.

  3. Doug says:

    Hey Miss P,
    Well might you ponder such questions, It amazes me that groups like the Australian Greens are electable.
    The Greens draw their support from the establishment- academics and bureaucrats- and typically middle class women voters. Like middle class women everywhere they tend to be both fearful and ignorant and hence easy to manipulate against scapegoats such as “Rednecks”, “Capitalists” and Joseph Kony.

  4. anon says:

    “Like middle class women everywhere…”

    Ummm, what???

  5. Grumpy Cat says:

    Doug… that explains why they won a seat in Wollongong in a by-election, a well known home of the establishment…

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