Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Defend the Newcastle 14! Defend anti-fascism - no to political policing!
The Glasgow Defence Campaign reproduces below a statement from the Newcastle 14 Defence Campaign - established to defend 14 anti-fascists and anti-racists arrested before an English Defence League demonstration in Newcastle on 25 May. We urge all our supporters to sign the petition for their defence here and visit the blog http://defencecampaign.wordpress.com/.
Those arrested were essentially handed over to the police by agents within the respectable 'Newcastle Unites' coalition of assorted Labour councillors, SWP members and trade union bureaucrats. It is absolutely essential that such activity is exposed and challenged - as it endangers the entire movement against fascism and plays directly into state attempts to divide and destroy any effective opposition. Many of those arrested in Newcastle were members of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! who have been similarly targeted in Glasgow.
The GDC expresses its full support for the Newcastle 14 Defence Campaign and unreservedly condemns the actions both of the police and Newcastle Unites.