After the ‘bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover‘ of the Vera Lynn song, now this message of welcome and humanity there.
By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Dover’s white cliffs beam message of hope
Saturday 2nd April 2016
A GIANT illuminated message of solidarity has been projected on the white cliffs of Dover before an anti-immigration march in the town planned for today by a rabble of neonazis.
“Refugees welcome” has been projected in huge letters across the cliffs by a campaign collaboration between organisation Global Justice Now and guerilla projectionists Feral X.
Nearly 40 thugs have been arrested for rioting and violence during clashes with counter-protesters at the previous far-right march in January.
Now, Dover will yet again be invaded by the neonazis — of which most of them do not live in the town — and anti-fascists from across Britain will travel there to overshadow their messages of hate by sending a convoy of vehicles filled with provisions to refugees in Calais.
Global Justice Now director Nick Dearden said: “Far right groups are coming to Dover to fan the flames of hatred and xenophobia, often generating a lot of media coverage in the process.
“But thousands of groups and communities are acting in many different ways to offer practical and personal support to refugees who have fled desperate circumstances to get here.”
Mr Dearden criticised the government for playing a “very active role” in the destruction of the Middle East and for not promising to take in more than 20,000 refugees.
He also pointed towards smaller and poorer countries that are doing more than Britain to help alleviate the crisis.
He added: “The UK is not ‘full.’ Lebanon, a country half the size of Wales, has taken in one million Syrian refugees. It is perfectly possible for the UK to take far more migrants than we currently see.”
By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Blood Swastika Pillock One of 40 Rioters Nicked
Saturday 2nd April 2016
Neonazi rally threatens Dover again despite mass arrests
A NEONAZI suspected of daubing a bloody swastika on a coach was revealed yesterday to be one of nearly 40 thugs arrested in the wake of an anti-refugee riot.
The 52-year-old man from Fulham, who is on bail, is banned from entering Dover following an incident at Maidstone motorway service station in January, where men brandishing weapons smashed up coaches filled with anti-fascists travelling to a counter-demonstration.
Kent Police said detectives used DNA testing from the blood to find and arrest the man on February 25.
Assistant Chief Constable Neil Jerome said: “Seventeen were arrested on the day, the rest have been arrested since then and arrests continue to be made.
“Sixteen have been charged with a variety of offences and 21 are on bail with conditions not to enter Dover.”
Despite the arrests, other fascists are nevertheless gearing up to wreak havoc again today in the port town, which Kent Anti-Racism Network chairwoman Bridget Chapman says is seen as an easy target to “build a message of hate.”
This is because the violent racists — who are overwhelmingly not from Dover — take advantage of its economic deprivation and close proximity to refugees and migrants in northern France.
Anti-fascist groups across Britain are travelling down to resist the far-right mobs and to focus on giving “love, solidarity and warm socks” to refugees living in unsanitary conditions in Calais.
A convoy of several cars decorated with banners will make their way to France to support the migrants and “show up the fascists for being Hitler-loving thugs,” Ms Chapman added.
She told the Star that she and a female friend were physically attacked by neo-nazis at the previous Dover counter-rally.
She continued: “Violence at the last protest has come from the one side — that arrived drunk and armed.
“I saw a group that went up to block the road and broke through police lines to pelt them with masonry and sharpened sticks.
“I was attacked by a huge guy with a metal bar. My friend was kicked down some stairs and kicked in the head. They simply want a fight.
“We don’t want to fight but nor do we want to accept fascists roaming around the streets of Dover chanting racist slogans and Sieg-Heiling around town.
“These people do not want a peaceful protest.”
According to Kent Police, officers only have powers to stop people from engaging in their legal right to assemble and protest if there is a likelihood of violence, rioting and looting.
Hope not Hate spokesman Matthew Collins had told the Star that the organisation was surprised by “how underprepared the police were” during the last rally.
Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Neil Jerome added: “Based on the information we have, and the lessons learned from last time, there will be significantly more police officers in Dover on Saturday.
“Those who choose to act in a violent, threatening or disorderly manner can expect a police response that is impartial, firm and fair, and they will be held to account for their actions.”
HUGH LANNING reports on an Kent-wide initiative designed to stop fascists using the refugee crisis to promote racial hatred and division: here.
A YORKSHIRE pub licensee confirmed yesterday that he would not serve right-wing thugs who regularly descend on Rotherham to spread their hateful message. The decision is a victory for local anti-racists who called on Bridge Inn licensee Tony Watson and the Old Mill Brewery to close the doors to fascists: here.