24th August – Stop Tommy, Stop the Far Right

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The far right will be mobilising in London again on Saturday 24th August. On 3rd August they marched in central London, gathering outside the BBC to demand Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) be released from prison. Militant anti-racists and anti-fascists were there to oppose them, and London Anti-Fascist Assembly (LAFA) led a group of several hundred to directly oppose the fascists outside Portland Place. Groups of fascists who broke through police lines to confront the counter demo were chased away. However, the far right mob ran riot after the demo, shouting racist chants, hurling abuse at people of colour they believed to be Muslims, and attacking a demonstration being held by Sudanese revolutionaries.

Tommy Robinson and the far right will use whatever trick they can to stoke fear and hatred in the population. In the current climate they feel empowered and safe to openly express Islamophobia, but below the surface is a wider ideology of racism, sexism and xenophobia. Instead of unifying against the real causes of oppression and inequality in society here and around the world, the far right work to split the working class and support the rich and powerful. Tommy’s cult is a shadow of what it was a year ago, so let’s finish it off and protect our communities from hate!

Join us as we hit the streets (again!). We will celebrate our belief in empathy, equality and freedom for all. Let’s show the far right that London will not tolerate their bigotry.

LONDON IS ANTIFASCIST!

(Meet up point and time will be announced closer to the date)

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