Nazis confronted in Portrush

Members of the right-wing White Nationalist Party were recently confronted by anti-fascists and prevented from giving out leaflets in Portrush. We have received the following report and photographs from a group called the Fascists Out! Campaign who carried out this activity.

"The Fascists Out! Campaign has been set up to organise against the White Nationalist Party/ Combat 18 in the North Antrim area. We have been monitoring WNP activities in the area and have decided to challenge them when and where possible.

40 of our members went to Portrush on Saturday 3 April and confronted the four fascists who were putting leaflets on cars. We took their material and their flag and they ran away in four different directions. The material we seized, covered in swastikas, shows the real nature of these people.

They are spreading racist filth and encouraging the cowardly attacks, including the petrol bomb attacks, against members of minority communities.

Hitler scapegoated the Jews and these modern Hitlerites are trying to scapegoat racial minorities. Like Hitler they stand for a "pure aryan race".

The ideas of the White Nationalist Party/Combat 18 are straight out of Mein Kampf. Their aim is to take away democratic rights including the right to vote and the right to belong to trade unions. The White Nationalist Party programme states: "We believe that democracy is a fraud and a sham. We wish to establish a new type of State based on leadership, authority and discipline."

We are organising against them because we know it is dangerous to be complacent in face of the threat of fascism. The lesson of the rise of Hitler is that the German fascists should have been taken on when they were small. The White Nationalist Party/Combat 18 have no support. This is the time to defeat them so that we make sure they never get any bigger.

These thugs have announced that they intend to bring a fascist "Blood & Honour" band over from England to play in the North Antrim area. This concert should not go ahead. The Fascists Out! Campaign are asking every venue in the area to refuse to let fascists use their facilities. Make sure every door in the area is closed to these Hitlerites."

This article is from the April 2004 edition of Socialist Voice.

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