Anti-Sikh racism in Britain


This 11 September 2015 video from Britain is called Sarandev Bhambra statement after sentencing of Zack Davies [the neonazi who tried to murder Dr Bhambra].

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Crimes against Sikhs left out of Tory action plan

Thursday 19th October 2017

Government ignores ‘clear institutional racism’ against Sikh community

ATTACKS on Sikhs have been left out of the government’s hate crime action plan, which shows that they face “clear institutional racism,” the chair of the Sikh Federation said yesterday.

The federation has already written to Prime Minister Theresa May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid about the crimes targeting the “visible Sikh community,” Bhai Amrik Singh said.

But despite the federation sharing the results of a survey revealing the scale of hate crime directed at Sikhs, he said the community had been “ignored” in the government’s plans to tackle crime and discrimination.

Mr Singh praised Labour MP Preet Gill, who challenged Ms Rudd over the matter at a meeting of the home affairs select committee on Tuesday.

The Birmingham Edgbaston MP, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group for UK Sikhs, grilled Ms Rudd over why her religious group had been left out of the Hate Crime Action Plan and Race Disparity Audit.

She raised the case of Sikh dentist Dr Sarandev Bhambra, who almost had his hand severed when he was attacked by a machete-wielding neonazi in north Wales in 2015.

Fascist Zack Davies was jailed for life after being found guilty of attempted murder for trying to behead Dr Bhambra in a supermarket in the town of Mold.

This case study was included in the draft action plan, but “apparently No 10 took this out,” Ms Gill said.

The Home Secretary was unable to explain why this case study had been edited out.

The Sikh Federation said it was “dismayed” that the plan appeared to have been written “as though the estimated 750,000 British Sikh community did not exist.”

Mr Singh said Ms Gill “has exposed there is clear ‘institutional racism’ by government departments when it comes to Sikhs that are both a religion and ethnic group.

“It is unacceptable both the Hate Crime Action Plan that focused on religions and the Race Disparity Audit that concentrated on ethnic groups have failed to comment on Sikhs.”

A recent study on hate crime revealed an escalation of violence against non-Muslim British men when they are perceived to look ‘like a Muslim’: here.

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After 1961 massacre of Algerians, still state racism in France


This video from the USA says about itself:

56 Years After Paris Massacre, State Racism Lives On In France

17 October 2017

On October 17th, 1961, hundreds of French Algerians were killed when French authorities attacked a large protest. France’s racist legacy continues with the profiling and targeting of France’s Muslims today, says human rights advocate Yasser Louati.

See also here.

Ukrainian anti-Semitic killer gets monument


This 14 October 2017 video from Ukraine is about the unveiling of a monument for anti-Semitic mass murderer Symon Petliura.

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

Ukraine Unveils Statue Honoring Nationalist Leader Behind Regime That Killed Up to 50,000 Jews

Symon Petliura’s regime killed between 35,000 and 50,000 Jews in pogroms during his reign that lasted from 1918 until 1921

JTA, Oct 17, 2017 7:59 AM

Ukraine unveiled a statue for a nationalist leader who guided a regime that killed tens of thousands of Jews in pogroms during the Russian Revolution.

The memorial for Symon Petliura was unveiled Saturday in Vinnitsa, a city in the western part of the nation, on Defender of Ukraine Day, a national holiday, the RT news site reported. It is located in an area once known as Yerusalimka, or Jerusalem, and located next to a small synagogue that is still in operation.

The statue, which RT calls the first official monument to Petliura, though there is a bust of the early 20th-century leader in the capital, shows him sitting on a bench with a map of the country in his hands.

During Petliura’s time as head of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, 35,000 to 50,000 Jews were killed in a series of pogroms between 1918 and 1921.

Petliura was killed in 1926 by a Ukrainian-born Jewish watchmaker, Sholom Schwartzbard, who was acquitted by a French court that ruled he was acting in the heat of the moment after 15 of his relatives were killed in the pogroms.

Charlottesville, USA police and violent racists


This video from the USA says about itself:

Charlottesville Terror: Police and Racists Too Cozy?

17 October 2017

Is there a political alliance between Charlottesville police and local white supremacists? TYT Politics Contributor Ryan Grim talks to Intercept colleague Alex Emmons who recently returned from Charlottesville, VA. Read more here.

St Louis, USA police and Ku Klux Klan


This video from the USA says about itself:

St. Louis Police Department Is Built On KKK Roots

16 October 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton spoke with Tory Russel, the chief of staff to St. Louis Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, about the troubling ties that the St. Louis PD has to the “Veiled Prophet Ball,” an event that has been linked to the Ku Klux Klan.

This video from the USA says about itself:

St. Louis Protests: What a Police Cover Up Looks Like

16 October 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton spoke with Brother Anthony Shahid, a St. Louis resident who has pushed for transparency from police in the killing of 24-year-old African American Anthony Lamar Smith at the gun of white officer Jason Stockley.

New racist political party in Britain


This video from Britain says about itself:

Anne Marie Waters is being used by BNP Nick Griffin boy to take over UKIP

2 July 2017

Strong evidence: Racism of Anne Marie Waters’ campaign team, Jack Buckby, George Llewelyn-John, Annie Fotiou. (Report by Jessica Stevens of BuckbyWatch).

Ms Waters’ campaign to take over UKIP failed. Then, she quit and founded her own party.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

New For Britain party rings alarms bells for anti-racists

Monday 16th October 2017

ANTI-RACISTS condemned the formation of a new far-right party yesterday led by a defeated Ukip leadership candidate.

Campaign group Stand Up to Racism warned that the new For Britain party, set up by Anne Marie Waters, is dangerous and reminiscent of the fascist British National Party.

Ms Waters stood for the Ukip leadership contest last month with a clear racist, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant agenda.

She lost out to former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Henry Bolton and consequently Ms Waters quit Ukip.

Her new party has been set up with former leader of the fascist English Defence League (EDL) and convicted racist Tommy Robinson.

Stand Up to Racism co-convener Sabby Dhalu said: “Much of what For Britain stands for is reminiscent of the fascist BNP.

“For Britain claims ‘the rights of British citizens should be placed above those of non-British people’.”

Former BNP activist Jack Buckby, who stood in the Batley & Spen by-election following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a fascist last year, is also involved in For Britain. He stood as a candidate for far-right Liberty GB; the major parties did not put up candidates against Labour as a mark of respect.

Mr Buckby received a derisory 220 votes, compared to successful Labour candidate Tracy Brabin’s 17,506.

“Waters and Buckby are hard-right racists who need monitoring and their poison defeated,” said Ms Dhalu.

In 2014 Ms Waters launched the organisation Sharia Watch, which claims to investigate the “criminal and political” elements of sharia law.

Ms Waters, who was born and educated in Dublin, is open about her anti-Islamic hatred, having condemned the religion as “evil.” She has also called for a freeze on immigration.

For Britain professes to “truly represent the interests of the forgotten people of Britain.” However, Hope Not Hate head of research Matthew Collins described the new party as “the worst extremes of Ukip” coupled with the EDL.

He told the Star: “The party had problems before it even started. Many of the people around it are too extreme for Ukip, including Waters.

“If it’s rejected by Ukip supporters then what’s left? They may have some support on social media, but this is unlikely to translate into the ballot box.”

Austrian extreme right in government?


This 2015 German language video from Austria accuses the far right FPÖ party of being a neonazi party.

By Peter Schwarz in Germany:

Far-right poised to enter government following Austrian election

16 October 2017

Sunday’s election in Austria has produced a sharp shift to the right. It is expected that a right-wing government of a kind not seen since the fall of Hitler and the restoration of Austrian independence will be installed.

The consensus view is that the election campaign was the filthiest in the country’s history. Incapable of addressing the devastating social consequences of the global capitalist crisis, the major parties sought to outdo one another with attacks on refugees and mutual mud-slinging. One commentator spoke of a “hysterical Austria-First atmosphere” dominating official politics.

As of this writing, the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), with 31.4 percent of the vote, has emerged from the balloting with a clear lead. It gained 7.4 percent over its result in the last national election, in 2013. The final result will not been known until Monday, when the postal vote is counted.

Thirty-one-year-old Sebastian Kurz, who is currently foreign minister in the grand coalition with the Social Democrats (SPÖ), is likely to become the new prime minister. Kurz assumed the leadership of the ÖVP in May in what amounted to an internal party coup. He centered his campaign around his personality. Its sole political focus was hostility to immigrants, refugees and Muslims. Kurz attempted to outflank the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) from the right.

Kurz boasted that he secured the closure of the Balkan route used by refugees fleeing the catastrophic conditions in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa resulting from the US-led and NATO-backed wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya. He touted his close ties to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbàn and promised a range of discriminatory measures against refugees. He vowed to restrict the number of immigrants, reduce social benefits for asylum seekers and close Islamic kindergartens. He also pledged to massively strengthen the police and security apparatus.

In second place is the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ). It has increased its vote by 6.9 percent to 27.4 percent and overtaken the Social Democrats (26.7 percent), who received the same vote as four years ago. Since neither the Conservatives nor the Social Democrats want to continue the grand coalition, which has governed the country for ten years, it is likely that the right-wing extremists will be part of the next government.

The FPÖ entered the government in Vienna once before, from 2000 to 2007, when the party was led by Jörg Haider. At the time, its acceptance into government triggered Europe-wide protests and the European Union imposed sanctions. Since then, the party has moved significantly further to the right.

Forty-eight-year-old Heinz-Christian Strache, who broke with Haider in 2005 and took over as party leader, was, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, part of the militant neo-Nazi scene when he began his career in the FPÖ.

As a 17-year-old, Strache joined the German nationalist student fraternity Vandalia in Vienna. He maintained close contact with well known right-wing extremist Norbert Burger and was the partner of his daughter for seven years. He had ties to the neo-Nazi Viking Youth, which was banned in Germany in 1994, and participated in paramilitary exercises with well known neo-Nazis. Since photos exist of him in uniform, Strache later tried to dismiss his paramilitary activities as harmless paintball play-acting.

Strache joined the FPÖ in 1989, but the FPÖ’s youth organization, Youth Circle of Freedom (RFJ), turned him away. “At that time, Strache was too right-wing for us and blustered too much,” future Defence Minister Herbert Scheibner said of the decision.

A government alliance between Kurz and Strache—the most likely outcome of the election—would be roughly equivalent to a coalition between the Christian Social Union’s Markus Söder and the Alternative for Germany’s Björn Höcke in Germany; or between Nicolas Sarkozy and Marine le Pen in France. In a country that was annexed by Hitler in 1938, all inhibitions about the crimes of the past are being dropped.

This development can be understood only in the context of the bankruptcy of the organisations that once described themselves as “left” or representative of the working class.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Austrian Social Democracy was among the most powerful sections of the Second International. Even after the First World War, which the Austrian Social Democracy supported, the party dominated “red Vienna,” where one in four residents was a member. In the 1970s, by which time the party had declared its unconditional defence of the bourgeois order but still carried through limited social reforms, SPÖ leader Bruno Kreisky was one of the most well known figures in international Social Democracy.

Now the SPÖ has paved the way for the rise of the right-wing extremists by abandoning even the pretense of defending workers’ rights. Instead, it has adopted xenophobic slogans, pledging prior to the election its readiness to form a coalition with the FPÖ.

Like the other parties, the Social Democrats called in the election campaign for the strengthening of borders against refugees. They supported the closure of the Balkan route by the region’s right-wing governments and pushed for a tougher stance against refugees in the Mediterranean, claiming that they were engaged in “economic migration.”

In June, Chancellor and SPÖ leader Christian Kern, a former rail industry executive, abandoned the more than 30-year-old “Vranitzky doctrine,” according to which the Social Democrats would not cooperate with the FPÖ. Leading SPÖ officials openly called for an alliance with the right-wing extremists. This was particularly the case among representatives of the influential trade union wing, such as construction union chief Josef Muchitsch and the leader of the metalworkers union, Rainer Wimmer. At the state level, the SPÖ already formed a coalition with the FPÖ in Burgenland in 2015. Both parties have hailed their close cooperation.

In the election, the SPÖ resorted to a filthy campaign that blew up in its face after it was exposed. In August, Tal Silberstein, a highly-paid SPÖ campaign consultant, was arrested in Israel on corruption charges and it was revealed that he operated anonymous Facebook pages that spread lies about ÖVP candidate Kurz, painting him as an anti-Semite.

There is no possibility of forming a majority in the new parliament by aligning one of the three major parties with one or more of the smaller parties, because the votes recorded by the latter were too low.

The neo-liberal Neos, a protest party made up of well-off middle-class elements, which adapted itself to the anti-refugee campaign, will reenter parliament with 5.0 percent of the vote, the same result as in the last election.

The Greens, whose former chairman Alexander Van der Bellen was elected Austrian president in December of 2016, lost 9.1 percent. With a total of 3.3 percent, they have fallen short of the 4 percent needed to enter parliament. The list of Peter Pilz, a former member of the Pabloite Revolutionary Marxist Group, who split from the Greens because their policies on refugees and Turkey were sufficiently right-wing, received 4.1 percent.

The Team Stronach, set up by a right-wing businessman, which received 5.7 percent in the last election, did not stand in Sunday’s election.

The rightward shift in Austria is symptomatic of Europe as a whole. In the Alpine republic, with its close to 9 million residents, the full extent of the rot of bourgeois politics is on display. In the face of deepening international and social tensions, all of the parties defending capitalism are turning to policies of nationalism, xenophobia, militarism and the strengthening of the repressive state apparatus.

The dissatisfaction and social needs of the masses find no expression in the traditional ruling parties, allowing them to be exploited by far-right demagogues. This is true not only in Austria, where the FPÖ is winning support in former SPÖ strongholds, but also in France, where the National Front won votes in run-down industrial areas, and in Germany, where the AfD’s strongholds are in impoverished parts of eastern Germany.

In latest victory for the far right, neo-fascists gain in Austrian election: here.