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Make sure your at this year’s SY Summer Festival

Capitalism in crisis
The continuing crisis of capitalism is destroying all options for young people. With 430,000 on the dole, the idea of finding a halfway decent job is all but gone.

Friday 20th August – Saturday 22nd August
Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow
Food, Travel, Accomodation – €60/£50

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Nazi ‘historian’ stopped again in UCC, but RTE give a platform to his fascist views

The Late Late Show’s decision to feature convicted holocaust denier David Irving on 7 March represents a new low for RTE. Irving’s Nazi CV is such that RTE must be aware he is much more than a “controversial right-wing historian”.  Irving’s meetings in the UK have been stewarded by BNP and Combat 18 thugs, he has addressed meetings of a society founded by former SS members and rallies attended by goosestepping skinheads.

The Socialist Party calls on trade unionists in RTE (and Newstalk who also had Irving on their station) to debate the issue and discuss taking industrial action in future rather than allowing fascists onto the airwaves again. A model example of how to deal with a nazi propagandist and organiser was given by anti-fascists in Cork in late February and early March.

The University College Cork (UCC) Philosophical Society invited Irving to participate in a debate on 10 March. The Socialist Party convened a meeting for organisations opposed to giving a platform for fascists and a protest was organised for the debate night. Socialist Party members on UCC campus convened a meeting to oppose the invitation, enabling anti-fascist students to make their own plans for a protest.

Sinn Fein’s ongoing move to the right was shown by their college branch’s announcement that they would not be joining the protest against the fascist Irving, but it was soon clear that hundreds of anti-fascists were mobilising with a significant bulk determined to prevent Irving from speaking. The Socialist Party does not believe that fascism, whose essence is the smashing of all workers’ organisations and all democratic rights, should be allowed to organise or to have a public platform.

Hitler once said: “Only one thing could have broken our movement  –  if the adversary had understood its principle and from the first day had smashed, with the most extreme brutality, the nucleus of our new movement.” We cannot allow fascists to gain a foothold of support in society. If a fascist organisation was allowed to grow it would spread racial hatred and discontent and without a doubt physically attack migrants, asylum seekers, gays and lesbians, socialists, trade unionists and anyone who stands up to them. All across Europe neo-nazi organisations are guilty of racist attacks and murders – we cannot allow this to happen in Ireland. This was the reason why we organised to stop David Irving from speaking.

Three days before the debate, the invitation to the nazi Irving was cancelled. This is the fourth time in 15 years that anti-fascist campaigners have successfully stopped a fascist from speaking in UCC. Socialist Party Councillor Mick Barry took part in a subsequent debate and defended the no platform position before the Philosophical Society audience. A well known neo-nazi turned up with a number of Irving supporters describing themselves as “free speech activists” but were turned away by security guards.  Irving told the Sun newspaper that he will visit Ireland for two days of “private meetings” with “friends” in late March – he will of course be meeting fascists to assist them to build and develop in Ireland. Anti-fascist activists should be vigilant in the period ahead.

Dublin: 75th anniversary of Hitler coming to power… Never Again!

By Stephen Rigney

Over 40 people attended an anti-racist and anti-fascist rally organised by Socialist Youth in Dublin on 30 January to mark the 75th Anniversary of Hitler’s rise to power and to say Never Again to fascism.

The rally addressed the growing issues of racism being whipped up against migrant workers by the capitalist media and politicians, the introduction of a brutal new asylum bill that will see asylum seekers locked away in detention centres and the ongoing discrimination against the Travelling community and other minority groups.

Johannes, an anti-fascist campaigner with International Socialist Resistance in Germany (CWI) addressed the rally about the threat of fascism in Europe and what it really represents for workers, youth and minorities.  Rosanna Flynn, a campaigner with Residents Against Racism spoke about the importance of defending the rights of asylum seekers and the need to fight against the introduction of the new asylum bill.

Speaking at a public meeting after the rally, Johannes explained why fascism came into being in Germany, as a reaction against the echo for socialist ideas and the growing strength of the trade union and socialist movement.  Faced with workers looking for a socialist alternative, German capitalism pushed Hitler and the Nazis to power in order to suppress the workers movement and defend its drive for profits.

A speaker for Socialist Youth raised that it was only through the struggle for socialism and a united movement of all workers and young people, that a decent future for all coulod be provided and that the threat of fascism and racism could be undermined and abolished.


Belfast ‘Young Socialist’ bulletin (Dec 07) now online

The latest edition of the Belfast Socialist Youth bulletin Young Socialist is now online as a PDF.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF

Belfast: SY combats fascist and racist propaganda

By Henry Wilson

Sickening racist stickers and leaflets have begun to appear in Belfast in recent weeks, which are designed to whip up racism and intimidate ethnic minorities, particularly the Chinese community.

The stickers appear to be produced in Britain by small fascist groups who want to develop a base in Northern Ireland. Any attempts by fascist groups, even by a small number of individuals, to build a base here must be actively opposed. The distribution of racist material, which scapegoats immigrants for the social problems capitalism is responsible for, directly leads to physical attacks on ethnic minorities.

The number of racist attacks has increased for the fourth year in a row. Even the PSNI accept that their figures understate the actual number of attacks. Socialist Youth campaigns for all workers and young people to unite to fight the real roots of poverty, lack of housing and services, by building a socialist alternative to capitalism’s failure to provide for people’s needs.

We have also launched a sticker campaign to cover over racist material as an important step to combat attempts by fascists to organise in Northern Ireland. If you see any racist stickers in your area, then contact Socialist Youth on 90232962 or 07876146473 to order some stickers.