Sheffield and Leeds coach to Oppose the March For England in Blackpool
Saturday, 25 Apr 2015
08:00 – 20:00
Anti-fascists from Sheffield are putting on a coach to the Oppose the March For England demo in Blackpool on Saturday 25th April, leaving Sheffield at 8am, Leeds at 9am and getting back around 7pm (Leeds) and 8pm (Sheffield). Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The March for England (MfE) has been a yearly gathering point for members of the far right since 2008. After several successful counter-protests in which the MfE was massively outnumbered they’ve now decided to head up north to Blackpool. They’ve fled Brighton, and they won’t get a friendlier reception up here.
Europe is seeing the return of right wing nationalist movements and parties. Off the back of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris, coupled with the state’s failure to identify and protect vulnerable people in Rotherham, the far right are attempting to mobilise people’s fears and channel them into chauvinist nationalist politics. Parliamentary politics is lurching rightwards as mainstream parties copy UKIP’s rhetoric. If events like MfE get more successful, they will feed into this broader resurgence of the far right by giving it a presence on the streets. We need to oppose the MfE and promote anti-fascist, anti-racist and anti-nationalist politics. The resurgence of the far-right in Europe is a reactionary response to ongoing economic stagnation, the crisis of political representation and the lack of any visions for a different future. The solution to the current economic and political dead-end isn’t to retreat into xenophobic nationalism and persecute migrants and Muslims, or to go back to the “good old days” of factory work, straightforward imperialism and casual racism. We need to make this point loudly and on the streets.
If the far right are allowed to march unopposed in Blackpool, then we run the risk of this becoming a fixed date in their calendar. The March for England was chased out of Brighton and can’t be allowed to find a new home in the north-west.