A World to Win: Life of a Revolutionary

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PNH stood for Police Nigger Hunt. Fol­ lowing early morning raids, younger blacks have been rounded up on trumped up fees of conspiracy to rob. They shaped the Lewisham 21 De­ fence Committee, which used to be attacked by means of the nationwide entrance and the police for over months. To damage it used to be one of many reasons of the Lewisham march. 12 by way of this time the anti-fascist forces, led by way of the SWP, had bodily faced nationwide entrance conferences and marches continuously in order that it used to be essentially most unlikely for them to organ­ ise with no worry of assault. Police safeguard and information have been the one method they controlled to teach themselves in any respect. T he numbers on their nationwide marches had consequently diminished. A t the start of 1976 they can mobilise 1,500. afterward, on the first demonstration the place they confronted united mass competition— wooden eco-friendly in North London— they have been all the way down to 1,000; at Lewisham they controlled a naked 500. thirteen In Lewisham counter-demonstrations have been known as opposed to the nationwide entrance march. One was once organised by way of the All London Com­ mittee opposed to Racism and Fascism (Alcaraf) and led by way of the 3 major political events, with Mayor Godsif and the Bishop of South­ wark, Mervyn Stockwood, at its head. It ended a mile clear of the nationwide entrance march. T he different used to be referred to as through the SWP, definitely the right to paintings crusade and person participants of the Labour occasion and Communist get together. It was once to fulfill on the nationwide Front’s meeting element ahead of they have been due. 14Our angle to the problem was once that there can be ‘No platform for fascists! ’ to people who argue that this can be a hundred and sixty RETHINKING the location to disclaim democratic rights we answer that Nazism exists to wreck the democratic rights of others. It uses freedom to march to intimidate and deny freedom in most cases. Does a melanoma mobilephone have equivalent rights with a regular telephone within the physique to breed and unfold? thirds of the Alcaraf march of 4,000 responded the SW P ’s name to confront the nationwide entrance. Very huge numbers of neighborhood black early life, Labour get together and Communist get together contributors, even a few Cable highway veterans of the Communist social gathering, made up the numbers. They broke via police strains two times and reduce the terrified nationwide entrance march in . It was once fast diverted and dispersed less than police seasoned­ tection. The police then violently attacked the anti-fascists in a conflict that raged for hours. there have been 214 arrests. the clicking and the Labour celebration handled the nationwide entrance and SW P to equivalent abuse. T he day-by-day reflect stated the SW P was once ‘as undesirable because the nationwide Front’. T he Lewisham East Labour celebration delegate on the Labour occasion convention that 12 months didn't comprehend what had occurred below his very nostril: ‘T he legislation— no matter if the general public Order A ct or the Race family members A ct— needs to be amended [to boost it opposed to the NF], rather within the London zone. definitely you could say, “T he resolution isn't in violent war of words with the nationwide Front”, and ask, “W ho received on thirteen August in Lewisham? merely the nationwide Front”. ’15 Sid Bidwell, Labour MP for Southall, which had obvious many of the worst clashes with the nationwide entrance, may perhaps expostulate: ‘I haven't any time for hooligans [in the N F]...

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