Opposing the EDL
This resolution submitted by LU Fleet branch was carried by the February meeting of the Regional Council:
This Regional CouncilNotes -
1 - This Regional Council notes the recent increase in Islamophobia, racism and fascism across Europe, such as the openly fascist Hungarian Jobbik party, France's effective ban on the burka and British Tabloids' demonisation of Muslims.
2 - There has been the rise of the increasingly fascistic English Defence League (EDL) and their attempts to organise European Defence Leagues. They have links to the rabidly anti-union and racist Tea Party in the USA. They recently described student protestors as "scum who must be stopped", which comes after previous condemnations of trade union and anti-cuts campaigns. EDL supporters tried to attack a Peterborough Trades Council rally on Dec 11th but were repulsed by trade unionists and UAF supporters. This marks a further heightening in their attacks on the organised labour movement and requires the maximum unity from trade unionists in addressing their potential threat. We also note the BNP's new turn to "militantly protesting" outside Mosques.
3- Unite Against Fascism (UAF) has led ongoing work in opposing the BNP and the EDL. UAF in 2010 alone has organised 25 protests against the EDL and took a delegation to Amsterdam to be part of a Dutch mobilisation against Geert Wilders and the EDL. UAF is also organising a national demonstration against the EDL's highly provocative presence in Luton On Feb 5 2011.
This Regional Council Believes;
1 - That the EDL through its words and actions poses a direct physical threat to trade unionists, socialists and ethnic minorities. Resisting them and the BNP remains essential for everyone involved in the working class movement.
2- That UAF is right to campaign vigorously against both the BNP and the EDL. We need to stand firm against the EDL threat to our multi racial society by organising demos and rallies against EDL attempts to divide our community.
This Regional Council Resolves;
1 - To affiliate to UAF.
2 - To make a donation to UAF towards the costs of its campaigning against the BNP and EDL of £100.
3 - To send delegates to The UAF National Conference, Feb 26(postponed to yet arranged date)