Over 500 anti-fascists rallied outside London’s Greek embassy today, Saturday. The protest was in solidarity with a demonstration in Athens against Greece’s Nazi party Golden Dawn.
Unite Against Fascism (UAF) called the rally.
Speakers included Labour MPs Jeremy Corbyn and David Lammy, London Assembly member Andrew Dismore, and veteran campaigner Tony Benn.
Tony Benn said, “Greece’s mass unemployment and poverty has made people desperate. That’s when the hard right emerges.” Author and Labour Party member Owen Jones agreed, linking the growth of Golden Dawn to the savage imposition of austerity in Greece.
Charlie Kimber, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party, reminded people that Greece’s ruling parties had targeted immigrants before the growth of Golden Dawn. He said, “New Democracy has rounded up 60,000 immigrants and is holding 4,500 of them in concentration-style camps.”
Many linked up the struggle against fascism here with that in Greece. John Whitfield from Chelmsford came to the rally “because we saw off the English Defence League last October and this is the same struggle”.
Jennifer Moses, equality officer of NASUWT union, sent a message of solidarity against Golden Dawn. She said, “As austerity grows so does the Nazi attacks but the support for the campaign against them is global and shows our strength. We must not let the Nazis infiltrate our schools.”
Amadit Singh from the CWU post workers’ union told the rally, “I’m here to bring solidarity to the comrades in Greece who are standing against Golden Dawn and all they stand for.”
Around 15 Nazis turned up – but hundreds of protesters chanting, “Nazi scum off our streets” drowned them out.
Weyman Bennett, joint chair of UAF, ended the rally. “Never again will we allow the gas chambers of Treblinka, the pink triangle or racist murders on our streets,” he said. “We struggle together and we will win together”.