A “March of Resistance” through London on the 20th of December has recently been called. The group responsible initially used the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts’ logo and claimed the event had been organised by them. After complaints were made, the name of the creator changed briefly to the “British National Union of Students” and then to the “UK People’s Initiative”. The proposed starting location of the march is Piccadilly Circus, an apolitical area that will be brimming with tourists and Christmas shoppers at this time of the year.
No-one knows who this group are and questions regarding the nature of the group and of the march have gone unanswered. There are claims that the march is linked to far-right groups, and the creator of the event has been shown to have posted Islamophobic comments on Facebook and has his political views set as ‘Geert Wilders’, with quotes by Mussolini in his favourite quotations. An article was posted on Indymedia supporting the “march”, but uses the same rhetoric and shows the same political naivety of the creator of the event page. Claims that this march is linked to far-right groups are quickly deleted from the page.
NCAFC has been quick to strongly distance itself from the event and warns of the dubious politics and motivations of the group. Others would be well advised to steer clear of this event. It is at best a fake, at worst an EDL front designed to discredit student demonstrations or even ambush peaceful protesters. This development has taken place shortly after Tommy Robsinson aka Steven Yaxley-Lennon, self-proclaimed leader of the EDL and irreconcilable imbecile, vowed to support police against student protesters, and after police have enunciated wishes to ban student protests. It is interesting to see how this group, initially claiming to be apolitical, has developed into a quasi-fascist movement, sucking up to the monarchy and salivating over police brutality.
What is not surprising is the level of stupidity employed by those who conceived of this idea. Anyone who has spent more than a few seconds looking at the event page should be under no illusions that this has not been proposed with good intentions. While it would be amusing to see far-right wing-nuts getting the shit kicked out of them on the 20th, spread the word and discredit this “march”: not a single person should wander along and get caught up in something they’re not fully aware of.