A small annual march of the Liverpool James Larkin Society was attacked by over 100 EDL - related "North Western Infidels" fascists and others - some bussed in.
For weeks ahead the EDL and NWI had been publicising this as an "IRA March"
Facebook page for the march.
Over the past 7 years, this July event has been held to honour the Liverpool-born Irish Trades Unionist, Socialist and Republican, James Larkin (1876-1947). It has acted as a focus to highlight the contemporary issues and struggles of working-class people, in light of the example and inspiration left by Larkin. Each year has seen the event organised around a particular theme. Last year it was the centenary of the Liverpool General Transport Strike of 1911.
Does anyone know what if any political parties the group is related to?This year the theme is:
‘Working-Class Unity against Racism and Fascism’
The reason for this is that in the past year we have witnessed a significant and disturbing rise in threats and activity by extreme right-wing and neo-Nazi groups in Liverpool, including the National Front, NWI (‘North West Infidels’), CXF (‘Combined Ex-Forces’), BNP and EDL. Their activities have included:
1. Harassment of the public sector strike day march inLiverpoolin November 2011
2. An attack on an Irish community parade in February 2012
3. Threats against the Occupy Liverpool Camp protesters
4. Attempts to attack the UNITE Liverpool Trades Union office
5. Repeated attacks on the News From Nowhere progressive bookshop
6. Personal threats against prominent local Trades Unionists
7. Four Far Right candidates stood in the Liverpool Mayoral Elections in May. Their total vote was minimal, but they used the opportunity to spread their message of race hate
8. Verbal abuse and physical threats against PCS Union members on picket-line duty in Bootle during the public sector strike day on 10th May.
The march and rally on 21st July was an opportunity for trades unionists, members of all of Liverpool’s diverse communities, and all progressive groups to unite in opposition against the threat from these racist and fascist groups.
Good photos via the link.
This one is of "Combined ex Forces - CxF" members. Fascist groups historically have the same close and overlapping relationships with police and army as northern Protestant paramilitary groups.
Their role is to physically attack trade unions and the left, to stir up sectarian divisions to weaken left opposition, and to create provocations to justify police clamp down on rights to protest and organise.