May Day Challenge to Fascism
In schools around Ireland, fascism is treated as a relic of a bygone age, to be picked over in the glib way that historians are apt to do.
However, throughout the world the far right is organising and planning. In Germany, a large number of organisations lay claim to the despicable heritage of Hitler and the Nazi party. Only with active resistance and direct action are these thugs kept off the streets.
This May Day will see the neo-Nazis attempt to mobilise thousands of their supporters for marches in cities throughout Germany in order to undermine the traditional left-wing May Day celebrations. They will be resisted by Germany’s strong anti-fascist movement, Antifa, who plan to implement the policy of denying the Nazis the use of the streets.
In Berlin, a blockade has been organised with activists meeting at nine in the morning to prepare to tackle the fascists. The route of the Nazi march is, at present, uncertain and so the Antifa will respond by adjusting their plans as the day develops. They are confident that they can succeed.
On the same weekend as the blockade, there will be a mobilisation against a well known meeting point for Berlin Nazis.
Just over a year ago, a new pub, The Executioner, opened in the Schoneweide area of Berlin. Since then, Nazis have had a focal point for their concerts, meetings and campaigning. The local population have lived through a year of vicious assaults, intimidating marches and racist propaganda.
Anti-fascist activists from Berlin have had enough and they have called a major demonstration for tonight [Friday] to close this centre for hate. Below are the details of some of the most outrageous activities which have happened within this Nazi base in the area:
Left-wing activists have an obligation to challenge fascism wherever it is found to be organising. When public meetings are attacked, marches prevented and activists assaulted, this intimidation must be resisted. In order to have a space for left-wing alternatives to grow, fascism must be eradicated. Hopefully, direct action and mass mobilisations will leave the ambitions of this generation of Nazis where they should rightfully be: in the dustbin of history. Good luck to Germany’s Antifa over the May Day weekend.