And so it came to pass that the National Defence League (NDL), as we expected in our previous report, used their supposed defence of the George Square Cenotaph as a cover to attack the asylum seekers’ demonstration put on by the No Evictions Campaign an hour later. We can confidently dismiss all of the “history and statues” posturing by the NDL and its supporters- All they were there to do this evening was beat up people of a different skin colour, refugees who dared protest for decent living conditions in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. All the NDL did was defend the profits of Mears, the Home Office’s housing manager, from the scrutiny of the people.
Let’s all face the truth: All the NDL are is a pack of capitalist servants, a gang of brutes happy to beat down any resistance to the rich if it means they get to feel like a good British patriot. It does not matter if they acted independently, if they did this with no command from Mears- The end result is the same. The NDL have gladly acted as the trained dogs of a massive, mega-rich corporation, showing themselves as scabs and class traitors of the lowest order- Lower even than the muck that pools in gutters.
In the end the No Evictions demo had to pull back from George Square inside of a police kettle. But even in retreat the asylum seekers and their comrades conducted themselves admirably, still chanting slogans as they marched in good order to a point where they could safely disperse. If the demonstration was physically driven back, its spirit of resistance to Mears remained utterly unbroken, no matter the tricks of the bosses and their henchmen the NDL. The asylum seekers will yet win justice for themselves and for Adnan Olbeh!
And to all those who came to stand with and defend the No Evictions demo, we would like to express our complete solidarity and our heartfelt respect. In the weeks to come we will be supporting all those friends of the people arrested today through the whole of their legal processes. Comrades always have each others’ backs.
Let today’s events be a lesson. For all of you in other parties, unions, organisations, the time is fast approaching when you too may face attacks from far right groups intent on sweeping your rallies and marches off the streets. The NDL’s recent victories in Glasgow will clearly serve as a huge confidence-booster for the far right, and we would be fools to expect their attacks to let up any time soon. We must be ready for the next time, and we cannot meet them divided. We are living in a time of capitalist, far right offensives against our movement, and we can only be certain that the bosses will take stronger actions against our organisations as the new economic crisis develops. Now is the time for the united front, for proletarian self-defence. In short, the bastards are coming for us all. Will you be ready?
Not a step back! All together against the bosses’ henchmen!
Author: James Reed
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