By South London Anti-Fascists / @SouthLondonAF
DATE: Saturday 29th June (Armed Forces Day)
TIME: 11:00 am
ASSEMBLY POINT: Old Coronet Cinema / Gateway House, John Wilson St, Woolwich, London, SE18 6QQ
Nearest Rail Station: Woolwich Dockyard (National Rail)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/161516007362471/
To all fellow anti-fascists,
The two leaders of the English Defence League: Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka “Tommy Robinson”) and Kevin Carroll will be exploiting a sick child to promote the English Defence League on Armed Forces Day. This “walk” to Woolwich will take place at soon after 1pm, we expect that Carroll and Lennon will be using children as human shields, but also EDL supporters who will not be wearing or carrying any identifiable EDL merchandise, flags or banners.
South London Anti-Fascists extend our solidarity with them but we will be calling on people to rally with us in Woolwich as it is the focal point of Tommy Robinson’s walk. They want to exploit the death of Lee Rigby and the unfortunate case of young and very ill child to boost their own credibility. The end point of the “non-EDL” sponsored walk is the place where Lee Rigby died. We don’t believe Tommy Robinson should be allowed to reach this point so we are calling on all local residents and anti-fascists from South London and elsewhere to work with us to stop this from happening.
We will not give Tommy Robinson and the EDL, the propaganda victory of appearing like a peaceful concerned parent and making anti-fascists appear to be violent aggressors. So we will be coming together to peacefully protest against Tommy Robinson and distribute leaflets about the racism of the EDL. We will not give the press, the spectacle of physical confrontation that they crave to help sell their media products.
Shouting angrily or throwing eggs at children is not a good look, so we will use placards and banners to get our message across in a way that doesn’t upset local people and make it easy for the police to make arrests.
We will be producing a leaflet and poster that will be downloadable from www.multipolitic.org by Thursday.
We ask anti-fascists who wish to attend not to use the black bloc tactic as that makes it identifiable for the police and other racists to attack you. Instead come in your ordinary clothes, organise affinity groups and travel to the assembly group with at least 3 other people. If you need help to travel to the meeting point in groups email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also need volunteers to help make banners on Friday evening, please get in touch if you are interested in helping the South London effort.
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