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SWP to “Attract” Bangladeshi Fascists.

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Peaceful Bangladeshi Islamists in Dhaka.

This is how Socialist Worker reports a march with Bangladeshi fascists in London.

Around 1,000 people protested in central London last Sunday in solidarity with anti-government protesters in Bangladesh. The protest marched from Hyde Park to the Bangladeshi Embassy.

Muhammad Ayyub is part of the Feb28 Justice for Bangladesh group that organised the protest. “We stand with the people of Bangladesh against the government,” he told Socialist Worker.

“Police are killing protesters there and opposition supporters have been unlawfully arrested.”

The protest coincided with a deepening political crisis in Bangladesh.

“Ordinary people in Bangladesh don’t matter,” said Rashid. “Many live on less than a dollar a day. But when the rich people came here for the Olympics they booked a whole floor of a five-star hotel.”

Protesters chanted, “We want peace. We want justice,” at a rally outside the embassy.

Speakers who talked about the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt won loud cheers.

Charlie Kimber, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party, told the crowd, “The tide of revolution has swept through Tunisia and Egypt.

“Now the tide of revolution must sweep through Gaza, Syria and Bangladesh.”

There is no mention in the article of who is behind this Feb28 movement.

We can help,

“The Feb28 Justice for Bangladesh movement came about in response to this escalating crisis that has engulfed Bangladesh. It aims to expose the tyranny and anti-Islamic hatred of the oppressive Awami League regime and is dedicated to bringing you fresh and unbiased news on the struggle of the Bangladeshi people.”

This is some of its ‘unbiased’ news,

An estimated 2500 Muslim scholars and devotees killed

·       Thousands injured, hospitalised in critical conditions and thousands arrested.

·       Night completely blackened out to comfortably commit genocide.

·       Media clamped to hide genocide.

It is rare in the history of human civilization that a Muslim country’s ruling government can be such fascist, ruthless and brutal to run  a barbaric violence and systematic killing spree of such scale against the nation’s peaceful, unarmed and Islam-loving most revered scholars (ulama) of high repute and the devotee mass Muslims that took place in the deep black night following May 5, 2013 in Bangladesh’s capital city of Dhaka that is well known as the city of masjid (mosque).

It is also unprecedented in the history of human civilization to observe serious insult on Allah, the Prophet (PBUH), his highly respected wives, Islam and different forms of Islamic ibadah (worships)  like prayer, fasting etc. in such shameful vulgar language used by some Bangladeshi atheist bloggers and political activists belonging to the ruling Awami League party of Bangladesh that the world has never experienced before.

These, as cited yesterday  are some of the demands of the Bangladesh movement these creatures back,

1. Reinstatement of ‘Absolute trust and faith in Allah’ in the constitution of Bangladesh and abolishment of all laws which are in conflict with the values of the Quran and Sunnah

2. Enactment of (anti-defamation) law at the parliament keeping death penalty as the highest form of punishment to prevent defamation of Allah, Muhammad (S.A.W) and Islam, and prevent spreading hate against Muslims (highest penalty prevalent for defamation is 10 years).

3. Immediate end to the negative propaganda by all atheist bloggers in a leading role in the so called Shahbag movement who have defamed Allah, Mohammad (S.A.W), and Islam and their exemplary punishment.

4. End to all alien cultural practices like immodesty, lewdness, misconduct, culture of free mixing of the sexes, candle lighting in the name of personal freedom and free speech.

5. Abolishment of the anti-Islamic inheritance law and the ungodly education policy. Making Islamic education compulsory in all levels from primary to higher secondary.

6. Declaration of Ahmadis as non-Muslims by the government and put a stop to their negative and conspirational activities.

The SWP in another article published today suggests that in Bangladesh,

The Islamic protest comes as thousands of workers have been on the streets demanding justice for those killed in the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory.

The week of demonstrations proves there is a massive political vacuum in Bangladesh which many forces are trying to fill.

The left needs to draw those who rage against putting profit before people into a movement that can challenge the rich.

This can attract those who look to the Islamists.

No doubt those raging at atheist bloggers, “lewdness”, demand the death penalty for blasphemy and the persecution of fellow Muslims they call ‘heretics’ are potential recruits to the SWP.

No doubt at all.

Written by Andrew Coates

May 8, 2013 at 11:12 am

12 Responses

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  1. I suspect it’s this bit that appeals:

    “3. Immediate end to the negative propaganda by all atheist bloggers…and their exemplary punishment.”

    If only Lord Acton had been able to put La Seymour and his cohorts to death during the Delta scandal – or at least give them all a hundred lashes…


    May 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

  2. Indeed Upland, though they’d have a bit a problem with the “immodesty, lewdness, misconduct, culture of free mixing of the sexes.”

    Particularly the lack of modesty of the SWP CC.

    Andrew Coates

    May 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm

  3. I suppose they could add in compulsory stoning of women who allege rape

    Jim Monaghan

    May 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm

  4. And you said I was wrong to say the SWP were cosying up to these fascists on Harry’s Place!

    Howard Fuller

    May 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm

  5. Howard, I was wrong, very wrong.

    Andrew Coates

    May 9, 2013 at 11:08 am

  6. […] Martin Smith has since vacated the position and was conspicuously absent from this year’s UAF conference. His position has apparently been replaced by two people: Jude Woodward, a former “culture adviser” to Ken Livingstone and a person called Brian Richardson. Undoubtedly people of such outstanding anti-fascist credentials that UAF’s membership did not need to be troubled this year with the formalities of an election. Retrospectively I am very glad that I wasn’t elected to be part of a political organisation that can welcome Khalifah-wishers like Azad Ali as one of its officers. So UAF and the Socialist Workers’ Party that runs the campaign with Socialist Action, clearly has shown contempt for democratic structures within its own organisation. More broadly it has accommodated contempt for democracy in general as it has accepted Martin Smith’s argument which warps no platform for the BNP into “No Freedom of Speech for Fascists”. So basically ditching the principle of Freedom of Speech as it also means freedom of speech for Fascists. Strangely the SWP and UAF by extension have ended up mirroring the very thing they claim to despise. […]

  7. If you’re going to flirt with Islamists, don’t be too horrified if you wake up with them in your bed!


    May 10, 2013 at 12:21 am

  8. Mixing banners with this lot is beyond the pale. The Islamists took to the streets to head off and take advantage of the righteous anger following the collapse of a building killling 800 of the poorest workers. The only way to win workers and peasants away from the pseudo racidals and feudal theocrats is through radical policy (land reform, socialist measures in the factories, etc) and heroic militancy not opportunist Stalinist `hegemony’ building. Yes there are times when you can make a temporary military block with such forces against the semi-colonial state tyranny as in Syria where the secular militias carry out joint ops with the Jihadis against Assad but never, never, never a political block.

    Paul Mabbot

    May 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

  9. Richard Seymour attacks Coates and defends the SWP here: http://www.marxmail.org/msg111448.html

    Compare with this,

    “On 5th of May, 2013 Hefajote Islam (a grand alliance of Islamic extremists) and Jamat-e-Islami’s armed militants attacked the Central Office of the Communist Party of Bangladesh(CPB) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They charged strong bomb to destroy the main gate of the party office and entered the car parking at the basement of the building and set fire.”


    There is also this well-written post, http://www.tmponline.org/2013/05/09/bangladesh-free-speech-swp/?utm_source=wordtwit&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wordtwit

    e i

    May 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm

  10. It’s interesting that having split from the SWP Richard Seymour isn’t re-evaluating the party’s line on this. Perhaps he and his comrades might in the time to come, as chasing mullahs wasn’t exactly Tony Cliff’s style.

    Another oddity is that the Counterfire group is a lot less gung-ho about the Syrian opposition than the SWP, which again is a bit odd considering that Mr and Mrs German were the main promoters of the daft Respect venture.

    I imagine that you’ve noticed how popular this uncritical stance towards the Syrian opposition is on the Marxism e-mail circuit. Any critical viewpoint or even slight uneasiness about the growing influence of hard-line jihadists is sufficient to provoke a hail of messages calling one an apologist for Assad.

    Dr Paul

    May 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm

  11. Marxists believe “Religion is the opiates of the masses”, so it is foolhardy and naive to think that any religious group is a worthwhile expenditure of socialist energy.


    May 11, 2013 at 5:55 am

  12. Anyone know where Richard Seymour stands on all this? This link is from ages ago. http://www.leninology.com/2004/05/islamism-in-theory-and-practise-and.html

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