April 9 2017 - Around 30 Pegida members held a march in Groningen, the Netherlands. Over 300 counter-protesters showed up and cut their march short, with several blockades of the march taking place and being attacked by cops on horseback. [video]/[video]
One of the big historic wins by antifascists organizing to get rid of the threat of fascism is the Battle of Cable Street. Anyone who’s interested in antifa should know about it. It was a day when a prominent organization of British fascists tried to have a march in a Jewish community, defended by cops. Jews, Irish dockworkers, communists, anarchists, and socialists all came together and drove them out.
I always thought you couldn't "join" antifa in this way, like with a contract. I thought it's a way of life. So what is meant with this whole "join your local antifa"?
While there are different groups in many countries that do call themselves antifa or antifascist action, you don’t have to be part of any club or inner circle or whatever to be antifa.
“Join your local Antifa” just means get involved with antifascism where you live. This can mean becoming part of a smaller group of activists who are really on the organizational side of local protests, which in some cases may be a bit like actually joining a club because of security concerns, but I don’t think a contract will ever be involved :v
In many cases it can just mean following antifascist groups in your area on social media and coming out to the antifascist protests and actions, making or spreading antifascist propaganda, covering up fascist graffiti or removing election posters of racist parties, or anything else that helps stop the spread of fascism and racism in your area. There are also antifascist organisations in many countries that just gather info on fascist organisations and their membership and publish this for use against them, which is also incredibly important.
I for example don’t have that much interaction with Antifascistische Actie Nederland, the main Dutch antifascist group, but I go to antifascist protests organized by them or others, I make and spread antifascist propaganda, both online and as stickers/posters et cetera and I cover up racist graffiti when I see it. I’m still part of Dutch antifa even though I’m not directly involved in the antifascist action organisation. It’s just important to get involved in local antifascism, and there’s many ways to do that.
I’d really like there to be a presence of antifa in Scotland. In the likely event of a large UKIP vote in the next general elections (something that Scotland will not contribute towards on the same scale as England) we’ll need to have a consolidated voice in a single organisation against facisim because bitching on Twitter and signing petitions isn’t going to cut it for much longer. (Btw just made these logo’s cos bored and they look cool)