Italian far-right minister wants persecution of Roma

This 2012 video is called An overview of a gypsy [Roma] camp located in the middle of a trash pile on the outskirts of Catania, Italy.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Italian Minister of Internal Affairs Matteo Salvini wants to register how many Roma people live in the country. His intention is to expel Roma without valid papers. “We unfortunately have to keep Roma with Italian citizenship here”, he said on TV channel TeleLombardia. …

It is estimated that between 130,000 and 170,000 Roma live in Italy. About half are said to be Italian citizens. … Many Roma also complain that they are victims of discrimination in Italy.

Horrible history

Salvini is the leader of the anti-immigration party Lega and has long advocated special policies for Roma. For example, his party has suggested making it easier to separate Roma children from their families if they do not attend school. Salvini also said earlier that he wants to “bulldozer” Roma camps and he prefers to accuse the group of being criminals rather than working.

The proposal to count the Roma caused indignation in Italian media. Newspaper La Repubblica writes that Salvini causes a “shock” with his plan. …

Several opposition members say that Italy has a horrible history with censuses. They refer to the counts of Jews by the fascist regime of Mussolini, in the late 30’s of the last century.

Most of these Jews counted by Mussolini were later murdered in concentration camps like Auschwitz.

“The minister does not seem to know that an origin-based count is not allowed in Italy”, said the chairman of an advocacy group for Roma and Sinti. He says that it has long been shown how many people live in legal and illegal Roma camps. He also points out that most undocumented Roma are stateless and can therefore not be deported.


‘Trump like Hitler’, ex-CIA boss says

From the Jewish Telegraph Agency, 17 June 2018:

Former CIA Chief Compares U.S. Immigration Policies To Nazi Germany

Former head of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency Michael Hayden compared the Trump administration’s immigration policies to Nazi Germany.

In a tweet posted on Saturday, Hayden wrote: “Other governments have separated mothers and children”, under a black and white photo of the front of Auschwitz as seen from the railroad tracks approaching the former Nazi camp.

The tweet is a response to reports that under the U.S. government’s so-called zero tolerance policy against illegal migrants nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents or adult guardians after entering the United States.

White House policy advisor Stephen Miller was instrumental in convincing President Trump to enact his zero-tolerance border policies that have led to immigrant children being separated from their parents, The New York Times reported Saturday: here.

Donald Trump’s unwelcome visit to Britain

This February 2017 video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

Anti-Trump protesters gather near The Galleria on Feb. 3 to protest Trump’s executive orders and immigration policies.

Video by The Signal reporter Edwin Vega.

By Chris Nineham in Britain:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Now it’s serious: Why taking on Trump matters

AFTER two false alarms, this time he is coming. We shouldn’t underestimate what an important political moment this is.

Donald Trump has been a disaster for the US people. He has slashed social security and Medicare, ramped up the military budget, cut taxes for the rich, hounded immigrants and re-energised the politics of white supremacy.

He is threatening abortion rights, tearing up environmental regulation and a whole spectrum of anti-discrimination policies. He is dragging the country backwards.

But Trump has had a terrible international impact too. He has pulled out of the Paris climate change agreement, the only one going.

He has escalated militarily in the Middle East and Afghanistan, ramped up Nato’s presence in eastern Europe, scrapped the Iran nuclear deal, provocatively declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel and generally brought a crazed, confrontational approach to foreign policy that raises eyebrows even among neocons.

You know things are bad when a defence secretary widely known as “Mad Dog” Mattis is playing a restraining role in the White House.

Two things are particularly worrying about Trump’s foreign policy. One, it appears to be driven largely by domestic concerns to keep his hard right evangelical Christian constituency on board.

Second, in Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, Trump has now managed to pull together a foreign policy team that is as extreme as he is.

All this at a time when the US is facing challenges to its global dominance. With Trump at the helm the risk of big power war is greater than at any time for decades.

More generally, the presence of such an open racist and xenophobe in the White House has helped legitimate far-right ideas and movements around the world. Trump is a hero to the growing number of Islamophobic and fascist leaders and movements in Europe and beyond.

It is a badge of pride that Trump has pulled out of two previous visits to Britain. He has admitted this was because he feared being confronted by protesters.

Now that he is coming we need to deliver the biggest possible turnout. Large numbers on the streets of London will send a signal around the world that millions regard him and his policies with utter contempt and that it is possible to mobilise on a mass scale against him. If we stop Trump coming to London, that will be a victory in itself.

But there are other domestic reasons why the protests matter. Above all they give us a chance to turn up the heat on Theresa May’s government at a time when it is desperately weak and when the left feels too quiet.

May has backed Trump in most of his misadventures. She joined in the recent, pointless gesture-bombing of Syria and is aiding and abetting the US-backed Saudi war in Yemen. She is supporting his call for increased military spending in Nato.

At home, her government’s attitude to immigrants may not be promoted with Trumpian flourish, but it shares many essentials.

May and Trump have similar hellish visions of a low-wage, low-tax, privatised future too. On both counts May is deeply unpopular.

The anti-Trump demo is an opportunity for everyone who opposes austerity and racist immigration policies to take a stand.

Finally, a big anti-Trump turnout will be a great response to those trying to organise an anti-Muslim far-right in Britain. It is our chance to express solidarity with the Muslim communities in Britain and show that the majority reject the Islamophobic politics of hate.

Preparations for the protests are going well. The two biggest groups that organised against Trump last time he threatened to come are now collaborating as Together Against Trump.

This means there are a huge range of trade unions, campaigns, community groups, politicians and celebrities behind the call for a national demonstration assembling at the BBC at 2pm on Friday July 13 and other protests during his time in Britain.

New groups keep getting in touch wanting to organise feeder marches and blocs including a Stop Trump party, with some of the world’s biggest DJs, that is feeding into the march on Friday July 13.

Given the level of contempt for Trump and everything he stands for in Britain, we should be looking at very big and lively protests. That depends on what each of us does from now to get the word out.

We have just over a month. Let’s give Trump a reception he won’t forget and the world can’t ignore.

Chris Nineham is vice-chair of the Stop the War Coalition.

Ukrainian taxpayers’ money to violent neonazis

This 2012 video is called Ukraine far-right Svoboda party anti-Semitism.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday, June 15, 2018

Human rights groups condemn Ukraine over its funding of nazi militias

HUMAN rights groups in Ukraine hit out today after it was revealed that nazi militias involved in brutal and violent attacks against minorities have received cash from the government.

A report published on YouTube by the Ministry of Youth and Sports showed officials voting to fund the far-right Svoboda party along with the violent neonazi C14 group via grants for “national-patriotic education projects”.

In the C14 name, the C alludes to C18, the (originally English, later international) neonazi terror gang Combat 18. In which 18, the first and eighth letters in the alphabet, stands for ‘AH’=Adolf Hitler. The 14 in the C14 name stands for the ’14 words’, a racist neonazi slogan.

In a statement on its website the ministry admitted that, while it does not directly finance any public groups, including the far-right, it does fund the projects of those groups.

“Through project contests, budget funds are allocated solely to support the implementation of projects of public organisations”, it said.

The government refused to respond to questions regarding C14, which won its funding bid to host a children’s summer camp and a series of festivals.

The group has engaged in violent homophobic and anti-Roma attacks, including the burning of a camp in Kiev in April.

Freedom House Ukraine director Matthew Scharf criticised the selection process.

“It shouldn’t be too difficult to add another criterion to grant selection — not implicated in or publicly approving of violence”, he said.

Freedom House is an organisation, financed by the United States government with close links to the United States establishment. Usually, it only criticizes people or countries which have conflicts with the United States establishment. It did not criticize United States allies like the Uzbekistan dictatorship which boils dissidents alive, because the Uzbek government helped the United States war on Afghanistan. Rarely, like in this case, it criticizes allies like the Ukrainian government or right-wingers.

Australian occupiers’ nazi flag in Afghanistan

A source of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation within the Australian Defence Department for this news claimed the flag was up for a “prolonged period”.

This Australian army in Afghanistan incident is not the only nazi incident in the occupation of Afghanistan.

In 2011, it turned out that Australian neonazi Kenneth Stewart was an Afghan occupation mercenary.

British soldiers' nazi salutes in Afghanistan

As if nazi infiltration in the United States armed forcesGolden Dawn Greek nazis present in the Greek armed forces … African-hating racist officers in the German armyCzech nazi officers in the NATO occupation forces in Afghanistan are not already more than enough; in 2013, this photo of British armed forces in Afghanistan doing the nazi salute.

So, not just in the United States armed forces, nazis (and other criminals) are welcome to help occupy Iraq and Afghanistan.

Neonazi vandalism of Dutch Jewish monument

Swastikas on Hoogezand Dutch Jewish monument

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Jewish monument in Hoogezand vandalized with swastikas

The Jewish monument opposite the railway station Hoogezand-Sappemeer [in Groningen province] was covered with swastikas last night. From this place Jews were deported to [concentration camp] Westerbork during the war, from where they were deported to the extermination camps. …

Director of the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel Hanna Luden can not understand.

“The entire Jewish community in Hoogezand was wiped out, and then someone does something like this, you just do not understand.”

Besides the swastikas, the name Pegida was daubed on the monument. Pegida is a racist, mainly but not only, Islamophobic movement, founded in Germany by an Adolf Hitler copycat. Pegida has links to the neo-fascist AfD political party. Recently, an AfD politician advocated destroying Holocaust monuments.

‘Tommy Robinson’s’ nazis’ violence against police, London bus

This video from Britain says about itself:

The descent of Man-osphere – Episode 51 – Arrest & imprisonment of Tommy Robinson special

6 June 2018

A criminal goes to jail for committing crimes and the shitlords lose their shit, which is kind of ironic really!

By Peter Lazenby in London, England:

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Fascists rampage through London demanding Tommy Robinson’s release

FASCISTS rampaged through central London yesterday demanding the release of far-right activist Tommy Robinson, who has been jailed for contempt of court.

‘Tommy Robinson‘ is NOT the real name of that racist. This former member of the neonazi BNP, sentenced for violent crime and later for fraud, is called Stephen Yaxley-Lennon … err … that sounds too Irish, as neonazis hate not only Muslims, Jews, Africans, etc. etc. but Irish people as well. So, he prefers calling himself the more Germanic “Tommy Robinson“.

The far-right mob attacked police, hurling metal barriers, traffic cones, bottles, beer cans and other missiles.

The attacks began in Whitehall and police were forced out of Trafalgar Square. Participants raised their arms in nazi salutes.

Five police officers were injured and five fascists arrested. A police investigation has been launched.

A counter-demonstration was supported by 400 anti-fascists who included members of unions RMT, UCU, CWU, Unison and the NEU.

Anti-fascist campaigners warned that the size of the march should ring alarm bells for all who oppose racism, fascism and Islamophobia in Britain.

Unite Against Fascism’s Michael Bradley said: “We are sounding the alarm to the trade union and labour movement. We need to build a mass movement to drive these people back.

“Left unopposed, their protests will grow and racism and violence will grow with them.

“They are using the same kind of rhetoric against Muslims as was used by the far-right in the 1930s against the Jews. We have to learn the lessons of history.”

Speakers at the far-right rally which followed the march incited hatred against Muslims.

Defeated Ukip leadership candidate Anne Marie Waters, who heads the For Britain group, told the crowd that they must do away with the “iron grip of Islam,” and said that “the state and Islam are supreme in the UK.”

The rally had international support. Notorious Dutch racist Geert Wilders was among the speakers, and a message of support for Mr Robinson was read out from Donald Trump’s former aide Steve Bannon.

Mr Robinson was jailed in Leeds two weeks ago for using social media to comment on a case being heard in Leeds Crown Court. He was imprisoned for 13 months.

His jailing has become a cause celebre for far-right and fascist groups.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement yesterday: “During the protest there were scenes of violence which saw bottles, metal barriers and other objects thrown at officers.

“Five officers have reported injuries … .”

Police said arrests involved possession of an offensive weapon, two for assaults on police officers, one for possession of a flare, and one for criminal damage to a bus.

“The Met will now launch a post-investigation collating the CCTV in the area,” said police.

From the Evening Standard in London today:

A spokeswoman for said: “Our London sightseeing bus was on its normal route when it got caught up in the demonstrations.

“The bus was stormed by demonstrators and the driver and a small number of customers got off.

“The demonstrators have caused a significant amount of damage to the bus which meant it had to be towed away.

“We have reported this to the police and will help them with any investigations.”

Big Numbers and Violence at Free Tommy Robinson Demonstration: here.

Tommy Robinson supporters were pictured performing Nazi salutes at protests calling for the far-right criminal to be released from prison. A man was filmed repeatedly making the gesture while holding a banner reading “f*** Islam” in Whitehall, London, while another Robinson supporter was photographed doing a Nazi salute in Belfast: here.

From British daily The Guardian, 9 June 2018:

A controversial pro-Conservative Facebook group has been exposed as containing Islamophobic, homophobic and racist comments about public figures including Sadiq Khan, Diane Abbott

Comments include demands to “expel the London mayor” and “send back” immigrants, while another post states that “Islam should be banned”. There are also homophobic remarks about Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, posted after she announced that she was pregnant.

A 42-page dossier of abusive material from the Conservative Debating Forum, a 2,700-strong Facebook group that can be joined by invitation or by permission of moderators, has been collected by the left-leaning Red Roar blog. It found that several sitting Tory MPs, as well as dozens of Tory councillors, were members of the closed group.

The growth of the far right is a danger to us all. The Free Tommy Robinson march at the weekend shows the need to counter racist myths peddled by the right, says SABBY DHALU.