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Far Right Plans World Wide ‘Rally For Freedom’ Against Covid Restrictions Today.

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May be an image of text that says "In association with the WORLD WIDE FREEDOM RALLY. Vigil London. March 20th. for the Voiceless Be there. Be heard. Speak your truth. Location and time tba..."

Far Right Conspiracists Try to Capitalise on Vigils for Sarah Everard.

 

This morning in the middle of the highly recommended Going Dark, the Social Lives of Extremists, and happening upon the Chapter about QAnon, Julia Ebener I have just got to this line, “These global networks can then be leveraged for real-world mobilisation.” (Page 170)

Most of us think that these ideas are off-the-wall claims about “red-pilling” (shedding the scales from the eyes) to enter the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories. Or as Ebner puts it ““how distorted the whole online space is, and how that doesn’t reflect general opinions. The extremist voices usually get a megaphone for their posts.” (Guardian) But when it comes to Covid Conspiracy theories we have a proof not as deadly as on-line organised Jihadism, or far-right terrorism, of how extreme right wing ideas can enter the “real-world”.

They are rather shy, the British lot, about what’s happening today, at the Vigil for the Voiceless, no list of speakers, not even a time and a place.

But their American friends are not so quiet.

in the Ark Valley Voice reports,

In the far-right extremist ecosystem, Saturday, March 20 is being billed as a Worldwide Rally for Freedom Day. Some may wonder – freedom from what. But far-right organizers of these rally events include grievances ranging from COVID-19 anti-vaccine sentiment, to opposition to face masks, to the continuing dispute of the 2020 election, to gun rights issues, to their perceived sense that Colorado’s governor might try to limit the consumption of meat.

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The MeWe group Colorado Patriots, a 494 member group posting regular far-right propaganda from such media as, Us Against the MediaThe Federalist, and Breitbart, have been promoting the worldwide event with commentary such as (emphasis theirs): “RED ALERT PATRIOTS, VERY IMPORTANT,… ESPECIALLY IF YOU LOVE FREEDOM AND OPPOSE INSIDIOUS LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS”

One prominent Telegram Channel (a social media favored by the far-right) that calls itself Freedom Warriors boasts that they are new “Freedom Fighters”. Their symbol, a lion’s head, is familiar: it is used in many far-right social media sites representing the Patriot Party, features dozens of variations on that image.

MARCH 20 “FREEDOM RALLY” AND “MEAT IN” DAY COULD COMBINE FOR INTERESTING WEEKEND IN COLORADO 

We have also learnt that:

US: Activists to rally against COVID-19 restrictions in multiple urban centers March 20

Activists plan to hold demonstrations in multiple urban centers in the US March 20, under the global “World Wide Rally for Freedom” protest campaign to denounce COVID-19-related restrictions and vaccination rollout plans in numerous countries. The following protest times and locations have been confirmed in the US..

Global March 20 Anti-Vaccine Protests Promoted by QAnon-Linked Groups

Australia:

Hundreds converge on CBD to rally against restrictions, vaccine rollout

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Written by Andrew Coates

March 20, 2021 at 11:50 am

Riots in the Netherlands after Anti-Curfew Protests.

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Netherlands: Another night of riots over coronavirus curfew | News | DW | 26.01.2021

‘Freedom’…..

 

Rioters torch Covid testing facility as Dutch police clash with lockdown protesters in Amsterdam

Evening Standard.

Dutch police used water cannons to disperse hundreds of protesters in Amsterdam demonstrating against a new lockdown curfew that was introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus.

It comes after rioting youths set a coronavirus testing facility on fire in Urk, a small fishing village in the Netherlands on Saturday.

Third night of rioting; 151 arrested in multiple Dutch cities

NL Times (English language news from the Netherlands).

On the third night of the coronavirus curfew, the Netherlands faced its third nigh of rioting. Multiple cities saw looting, fireworks, arson, and clashes between the rioters and the police. The riot police were deployed in multiple places and at least 151 people were arrested, the police said late in the evening. In most cities, calm returned by around 11:30 p.m., NOS reports.

In Amsterdam, the unrest was centred around Molukkenstraat in Amsterdam-Oost. Rioters tried to push a police van on its side. Nine people were arrested. The police reported that the situation was under control during the course of the evening.

The French daily Libération reports on the rioting and mentions far-right involvement.

Vendredi, un premier appel à la violence a été lancé par différents groupes de la jeunesse d’extrême droite tel que Pegida, connu principalement en Allemagne comme anti-islamiste…..

 On Friday, a first call for violence was launched by various far-right youth groups such as Pegida, known mainly in Germany as anti-Islamist. These young people, whom the mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, described as “hooligans”, met on social networks, affirming “war is declared”  even asking potential demonstrators not to  “forget not your guns ”.

Anti-Islam group Pegida may ignore rules and demonstrate in Eindhoven

Anti-Islam movement Pegida wants to demonstrate in Eindhoven on Sunday, despite Mayor John Jorritsma’s ban. The municipality fears disturbances because Pegida is planning to burn or destroy a Koran in some other way. In the past, a demonstration of the organization also resulted in riots for which three hundred officers and two riot control units had to be deployed.

Pegida said earlier that it “doesn’t care about the Mayor’s orders” and will go to Eindhoven on Sunday. The group Netherlands in Resistance previously announced a demonstration in Eindhoven but has since cancelled it. It is possible that demonstrators from that group will still come to Eindhoven to drink coffee in public under the guise of ‘The Coffee Club’ to deflect the organizers’ responsibility.

This report in English from Deutsche Welle is accompanied by a video which is essential viewing.

Netherlands: Another night of riots over coronavirus curfew

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Written by Andrew Coates

January 26, 2021 at 11:03 am

Socialist Workers Party (US): Democrats use false pretext of “fascist Coup” to attack, ““deplorable” workers” who “who refused to back Joe Biden for president.”

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Meet the 'QAnon shaman' behind the horns at the Capitol insurrection – Channel 4 News

 

“Deplorable” Worker Under Attack by Democrats and Liberals.

“The Biden-supporting woke elites pose a graver threat to the American republic than Trump did.” Brendan O’Neill.

President Trump’s ignoble exit from office has inspired a hectares of commentary. What were the origins of his National Populism and MAGA? What were the social and cultural bases of his support? Where will the Trump electorate go? Can Trumpism shed light on other forms of right-wing populism, including a link to fascism, in Europe, and the vote for Brexit in the UK?

One issue, remaining to the forefront, is what was the significance, of the Trumpian ramage through the Capitol?

The landscape in which these issues are discussed are marked by the overhanging issue of populism. A whole range of writers have discussed the divorce between liberal ‘elitism’, and the ‘left behind’. The American philosopher Michael Sandel (and author of a pioneering ‘communitarian’ study of Kant, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice.1998) has attacked the “tyranny of merit”. Michael Young’ satirical  ‘meritocracy” has become a real social project.

 “Those at the top deserved their place but so too did those who were left behind. They hadn’t striven as effectively. They hadn’t got a university degree and so on.” As centre-left parties and their representatives became more and more middle-class, the focus on upward mobility intensified. “

The populist backlash of recent years has been a revolt against the tyranny of merit, as it has been experienced by those who feel humiliated by meritocracy and by this entire political project.”

Yet Sandel’s mild calls for social justice and equity do not come to grips with that backlash. Nor does criticising liberal ‘elites’ help when we are confronted with those who wish to celebrate populism. Those who defend La France périphérique (Christophe Guilluy), the echte British working class  (Paul Embery), to the anti-liberal  identity politics promoted by Spiked/Brendan O’Neill and the Brexit/Reform Party. They want to have done with political liberalism, concrete human rights, and promote an imaginary collective sovereignty.

In political shape, in elections and in government, they use the “deplorables” for their own ends. They are the ventriloquists of the people’s voice. Donald Trump was such a barker. His reign ended when his troops played out their visions in the Capitol buildings.

It is this territory that the US Socialist Workers Party, whose origins go back to the 1920s when Trotskyism first emerged in political shape outside the USSR,  has entered.

Liberals use Capitol ‘insurrection’ to target political rights

SETH GALINSKY (Extracts)

Liberal Democrats and capitalist bosses are using the action by some Donald Trump supporters who entered the Capitol Jan. 6 — falsely claiming it was an “insurrection” or “fascist coup” — to escalate their attacks on freedom of speech and political rights more broadly. Their main target is not Trump, but working people.

 

In Massachusetts, Therese Duke was fired from her nursing job of 15 years by bosses at the UMass Memorial Hospital after being recorded on video during a tussle in D.C. the day before a relative handful of conspiracy theorists and would-be paramilitaries, confederate flag carrying rightists and a few over- enthused Trump supporters occupied the Capitol Building. Since her firing Duke has tried to launch online fundraisers to support herself, but says these have been shut down by the big tech companies.

Democratic Party politicians are trying to come up with a way to deal with what they see as “deplorable” workers who don’t think like them.

The main target of these bans and other attacks by liberals and bosses are working people who refused to back Joe Biden for president. They think such “deplorables” must be held in check. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman ran an opinion piece Jan. 10 titled, “When It Comes to Trump Supporters’ Fascism, America Cannot Afford Appeasement.”

The SWP lends a sympathetic ear to the spluttering of the ‘deplorables’, casts doubt in the event that happened when they “entered” the US legislature, and tries to turn the reaction of this rampage into a wholesale attack on ” freedom of speech and political rights” With the visionary talent given to those who grew up as Trotskyists they see “working people” as the real target.

 

The Party founded by James P Cannon and Farell Dobbs has not forgotten their own days of glory,

 

The U.S. rulers always seize on whatever opportunity they can to chip away at the political rights of working people. During World War II the second-class mailing permit of the Militant (note the SWP paper) was revoked — and several issues destroyed at the post office — by the administration of Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Officials justified the measures citing the Militant’s uncompromising defense of Black rights and complained the paper reported the war as a conflict “fought solely for the benefit of the ruling groups.”

Observers of the SWP suggest that they are on a party building binge that reminds them of the days of the UK Workers’ Revolutionary Party.

 

There is evidence to back this up.

 

Workers need our own party, a labor party!

 

The SWP campaign is underway as conflicts between and within the bosses’ Democratic and Republican parties are sharpening. Even as Donald Trump leaves office, the Democrats moved to impeach him again, charging he instigated an attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6. They and some Never-Trump Republicans are determined to prevent him from running again in 2024. They hope to have him indicted, to attack his businesses and chip away at his ability to communicate with those who support him.

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The capitalist rulers increasingly fear working people, who are beginning to see that the bosses and their government have no “solutions” that don’t dump the costs of the crisis of their capitalist system on us. In 2016 and 2020, many backed Trump, another capitalist politician, hoping he would provide something different.

“Workers need our own party, a labor party, we can use to fight back and win allies,” Calero told the Militant. “The SWP is running to set an example of the fighting perspective we need in charting a course to take political power into our own hands and end once and for all the dictatorship of capital.”

Given the shrunken size, and elderly membership, of the SWP it looks unlikely that they will fulfil this objective.

Written by Andrew Coates

January 24, 2021 at 12:57 pm