French Holocaust survivor speaks out against neo-fascism

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By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Holocaust survivor shares fears over the rise of the far-right

Monday 23rd February 2015

THE daughter of a man killed in Auschwitz has shared her fears over the rise of the far-right in Europe, weeks after survivors commemorated the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation.

Colette Levy, who as a child escaped to Britain from France’s nazi-collaborating Vichy regime, said the surge in support for the Front National in France is a “shame.”

And she warned of the divisive consequences of austerity politics in a heartfelt speech at Saturday’s Unite Against Fascism Conference in London.

Ms Levy recounted how her parents resisted the nazis and how the upsurge of the fascist Front National in France is a “shame.”

The far-right party has seen a surge of popularity under the leadership of founder Jean-Marie Le Pen’s youngest daughter, Marine.

And Ms Levy said: “What is needed in France is unity of the left and anti-fascists to Le Pen.”

She also drew comparisons with Nigel Farage’s Ukip and how the British left could not afford to be “complacent.”

“Le Pen’s Front National started small — we must be vigilant and mobilise,” she said.

“A strong peace movement needs to be built too, not just a big demo once in while but regular demonstrations.”

Ukip and the Front National both came out top of the polls in France and Britain respectively in last May’s European elections.

UAF national secretary Weyman Bennett described the results as a “warning to all of us.”

The European elections were the filthiest, most racist election I’ve ever seen and the danger is the next election campaign is exactly the same,” he warned.

Britain’s first black MP Diane Abbott and fellow London Labour MP Emily Thornberry spoke at the conference.

Former shadow minister Ms Thornberry urged campaigners to resist dog-whistle racist rhetoric, saying: “Immigrants aren’t responsible for lack of jobs and housing. Let’s stick together.”

Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of London on March 21 to demonstrate against anti-semitism, Islamophobia and the scapegoating of migrant workers.

Small band of fascist thugs threaten campaigners

FASCIST thugs attempted to disrupt an anti-racist conference this weekend by threatening violence against activists at TUC Congress House.

Members of both Britain First and the English Defence League attempted to disrupt the event but had to be kept apart by about 50 police officers to stop them from fighting with each other.

Britain First bullies “warned” people attending the conference that they had been pictured for identification and later reprisals.

Unite Against Fascism members and supporters dismissed the protest as they piled into the conference, with comedian Ava Vidal labelling the protesters “saddos” on Twitter.

And activists inside made plans to step up UAF’s work with a major demonstration before the general election.

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  1. Monday 23rd February 2015

    by Peter Lazenby in Britain

    TUC leader Frances O’Grady threw her weight yesterday behind calls for Channel 4 TV to cancel the controversial Immigration Street documentary which is due to be broadcast tomorrow.

    Residents of Southampton, where the controversial programme was filmed, descended on the channel’s London headquarters for the second time in a month yesterday.

    The latest protest was organised by Southampton Communities Alliance, which fears the programme will represent the city’s Bevois area negatively, stigmatising residents.

    Members of London’s Romanian community joined the demonstration, saying that the programme would fuel racist attitudes against them.

    Residents of Southampton’s Derby Road — where shooting took place — filmed for the programme have so far been denied sight of footage by Channel 4.

    The show was made by the Love Productions, the same company that made the Benefits Street series, which depicted people who receive welfare support as feckless lazy scroungers.

    The production, intended to be a six-part series, has been reduced to one programme because of the opposition to filming by Derby Road residents, supported by anti-racism campaigners, concerned that they would be portrayed in a similarly negative light.

    Now they have won support from Ms O’Grady, who called on the channel to drop the irresponsible programme completely.

    “Channel 4 needs to respect the views of the Southampton community and cancel Immigration Street,” she said.

    “The show looks set to encourage social division and hostility towards migrants and the black, minority and ethnic community. Instead of such irresponsible broadcasting, the media should expose how communities are suffering from the shocking impact of low wages, lousy contracts and cuts to services.”


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