UAF is putting a call out to oppose the far right, European conference, hosted by Generation Identity (GI), in London. We are united with other anti fascists in our opposition to this gathering of the fight right on 14th April.
GI are a notorious, shadowy group who particularly use the internet to spread anti Muslim and anti refugee propaganda. Originating from France, their co founder, Martin Sellner was barred from the UK recently. The Home Office stated it has the right " to refuse entry to an individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good."
Sellner had aimed to speak at the youth wing conference of UKIP, earlier this year, but anti racists in the area concerned (Milton Keynes) got the booking cancelled. Sellner led the Defend Europe group that hired a boat to try to stop the rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean. Fortunately, the far right ship suffered difficulties and, ironically, requested help from a German refugee rescue ship when ‘Defend Europe’ stuttered in its aims, following mechanical failure.
GI has links with the far right internationally, as noted by Searchlight magazine, eg.http://www.searchlightmagazine.com/2016/09/blocked-identitaire/ Though small, it has spread across Europe, claiming to represent “indigenous Europeans” and spews forth far-right conspiracy theories that whites are becoming a minority in what it calls the “Great Replacement”. GI held a short banner drop on Westminster Bridge recently, in line with its flash mob tactics and is looking to recruit from among the scattered forces of the far right. They held a short set of speeches at Hyde Park, recently, where known fascists provided security.
Their conference is an attempt to present a platform for far right hate speech and build support for GI here. We ask trades unionists and campaigners to oppose against GI's conference.
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