Oxford Unite Against Fascism report on demonstration against Le Pen
Up to 400 people including, students, workers , city and county councillors, pensioners, and unemployed people took took part in the angry protest against Le Pen speaking at the Oxford Union last Thursday. The protest was supported by a large section of the Oxfordshire Trade Union movement. The protest was reported in the international press with lots of positive comment especially from France.
Le Pen well known for using the front entrance, scurried in through the back door like the vermin she is, to chants of “Nazi scum off our streets” and “Marine Le Pen we know you – daddy is a fascist too.” Protesters delayed the start of the meeting which was only a third full.
Protester Collette Levy, who survived the Holocaust as a child, told protesters "I am here because of my history. I was a hidden child [a child given a false identity for protection] in the Second World War. "My father was killed in a concentration, most likely Auschwitz and we know Marine Le Pen represents a fascist movement. It's shameful."
Labour city and county councillor John Tanner said the invitation was an "irresponsible stunt". He added: "The people of Oxford are against it and the council are against it. I don't think you can debate with fascists. If people like her get into power again then people like me would be put in prison."
The growth of the Front National’s vote in France, the rise of the anti-Muslim Pegida movement in Germany, and the increasing use of anti-migrant scapegoating by mainstream politicians, highlight the importance of developing a strategy to stop the rise of racism and fascism. This year’s UAF conference provides an opportunity to discuss and plan how we can effectively challenge the growth of racism and fascism here and in Europe. Register online for conference online today: http://goo.gl/1NFIMJ
Oxford Unite Against Fascism would like to thank those who helped build protest in recent weeks particularly students, teachers, healthworkers and Labour party members who help with leafleting, not forgetting the Taxi drivers who organised Mosque leafleting. Finally, thanks for all the messages of solidarity yesterday.
Standing up to racism
- No to scapegoating immmigrants
- No to Islamophobia
- No to anti-Semitism
- Yes to Diversity
- This year’s UAF conference provides an opportunity to discuss and plan how we can effectively challenge the growth of racism and fascism here and in Europe. Register online for conference online today: http://goo.gl/1NFIMJ
- Protest at the UKIP spring conference on Feb 28th. Transport from Oxford is £16 waged/£8 unwaged. Transport supported by Oxfordshire Unison Health branch and can be booked online here
- Europe wide demonstrations against racism and fascism - March 21st - London. £12 waged/£10 unwaged. Transport supported by Oxfordshire Unison Health branch and can be booked online here