Nazi’s failed Nuremberg-esque protest in Liverpool against the Irish community….


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Last night, I along with other members of the Irish community, antifascists, trade unionists and ordinary members of Liverpool’s public challenged the Nazi fascist group, North West Infidels in their so-called protest against IRA marches in Liverpool and more  bizarrely the Mayor of Liverpool’s (Joe Anderson) support for such marches??. The protest by the  20 or so diehards from the NWI and some local loyalists proved to be a bit of a damp squib. There was no ‘national’ mobilization and from NWI’s facebook page which promised something akin to a candle lit Nuremberg rally, the racists were more than outnumbered 3:1 and their protest lasted 45 mins before  Merseyside Police shepherded them down to the back of Water Street.

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As explained throughout this blog, fascists, racists and Nazi’s from the North West Infidels, Combined Ex-Forces, National Front and Liverpool’s Loyalist/Orange community are determined to drive the Irish community off the streets of Liverpool and this was another attempt at such by cloaking the protest against the ‘IRA’ but the reality being  once they manage to clear the Irish off the streets it wont be long before other communities, trade unionists and progressive organisations are targeted thereafter. That’s why it was so important that the Nazi’s were faced down last night, outnumbered and sent packing with their tails between their legs and will continue to be challenged in this way.

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It also must be noted that last week, two fascists who were arrested in Liverpool during the Cairde Na hEireann International Brigades Commemoration appeared in Liverpool Magistrates Court and were fined £300+ for public order offences. One of them, Mike Mossley is a member of the fascist paramilitary group Combined Ex-Forces and turned up that day in full British military fatigues. But I like to remember Mike in the pictures below, first as Nick Griffin’s best mate and secondly, proudly being the Nazi that he really is…..I know what your thinking, you simply couldn’t make this stuff up….

The real face of Liverpool’s Loyalist/Orange Order Nazi friends….


Came across this on Twitter this evening. This is the facebook page of fascist paramilitary group, North West Infidels, who are organising next months demo against the ‘IRA’ on Saturday 3rd November at Liverpool Town Hall, along with their fascist friends in Combined Ex-Forces and National Front etc..

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The demo of course, is another example of fascists and racists cementing links with their allies in Liverpool’s Loyalist/Orange community, who will also be out in force for the demo. Of course, what everyone else knows in Liverpool Civic Society is that this so called demo is another attempt to drive the Irish community off the streets of Liverpool and establish Orange/fascists supremacy again across Liverpool and allow fascists/loyalists to decide who can and who cannot march in this city.

In recent weeks, several Orange Order members have tried to convince me through this blog that they are not racists etc…so I ask them this, why make links with the far right and paramilitary fascist groups and stand side by side with them attacking the Irish community?? Having seen this racist post on Facebook from one one of their allies, what will the response of Loyalists/orange order members be?

Irish community parades in Liverpool: Destroying the myth of sectarianism


I enjoyed another day out on Saturday just gone when members of the Irish community honoured the memory of the approx 200 volunteers from the Merseyside area, many of them Liverpool Irish, who joined the International Brigades to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War. A good crowd of up 500 people together with Republican Flute Bands from Liverpool, Scotland and Wales ensured that the event successfully made its way through Liverpool City Centre and  remembered with dignity and pride the sacrifices made by those volunteers so long ago. They inspire us to this day and remind us of the continued need to fight against intolerance and fascists politics.

As what now seems to be customary, the event drew out the combined efforts of both paramilitary fascists (National Front, Combined Ex-Forces and Infidels of Britain) and members of Liverpool’s Orange/Loyalist community. Although smaller in numbers, the fascists/loyalists were happy again to challenge marchers with racist and sectarian abuse, sing sectarian songs and behave like like characters off the Jeremy Kyle Show! They really do have no shame….in fact they are quite shameless and an embarrassment to this great city and its people.

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Liverpool – Saturday 13th October 2012

But more seriously, Saturday’s events highlight the cementing of relationships between fascists nationally and local Liverpool Orange/Loyalists. This year has seen CXF regularly attend loyalist band parades, and Orange and Apprentice Boys parades in the city, with CXF proudly boasting this through social media. This is clearly an attempt by the far Right to broaden its support base and quite naturally, the bigots of English Loyalism and Orangeism with their historical racist hatred of Irish Catholics, Irish nationalism and republicanism is a fertile place to propagate their fascist views and gain support. The fascists have been quite clever in gaining support by classing every Irish community street event in Liverpool this year as being ‘IRA Marches’ and of course Loyalists/Orange Order have taken it hook, line and sinker. Fascists, while acknowledging their limited leadership skills,  have found it easy to pull the strings of local loyalists into swelling their numbers on Liverpool protests against Irish community events in Liverpool. Both the July March Against Fascism and last Saturdays events saw the majority of those opposing the march coming from Liverpool’s loyalist/Orange community. The far right have had precious little to campaign about in Liverpool for several years, failed in local electioneering and the idea of demonising Irish community events as somehow being associated with the now defunct IRA has proved an easy way of making links and networking with potential recruits. In the end these fascists are attacking everything they perceive to be ‘unBritish’ and as the Irish community would largely not describe itself in terms of ‘Britishness’ we are an obvious target, despite the relatively peaceful environment that Irish community parades experienced in Liverpool since the late 1990’s.

CXF member with Loyalist band member July 2012, Derry Club Liverpool

From what I’ve ever experienced of Irish community parades in Liverpool, they have neither been sectarian or racist in nature. In fact, any Irish parades I’ve ever witnessed have either been of a cultural nature (St Patrick’s Day etc) or Commemorative/campaigning. For instance Irish flute bands in Liverpool over the years have the led the Striking Dockers march in Liverpool 1997, annually led the Merseyside May Day March, countless marches supporting Irish Unity, remembering the Irish Hunger Strikers of 1981, or supporting anti racist (Anthony Walker March) and antifascists demonstrations. Of course, Irish flute bands have been to the fore over the last 15 years in ensuring the legacy of James Larkin, Liverpool Irish Trade Unionist, is remembered to this day. So it would seem ironic that given the dedication of members of the Irish community in supporting all progressive events in Liverpool over the years and Irish community street presence being the focus of attempted attacks by racists and fascists, I am now embarrased to say, that sections of the broader Labour/Left  in Liverpool are hinting that the actual victims of racist and fascist abuse are somehow to blame for their own predicament? No you heard it right, the Labour/Left is not expressing concern about a minority community in this city that has been targeted for racist and sectarian abuse by fascists and the loyalist/Orange community, but instead  blaming the presence of peaceful and legal Irish community parades/marches for stoking up sectarianism and the old ‘orange vs green’ battle. I’m flabbergasted to say the least and I’m sure you are too.

But this is not new to us as members of the Irish community in Liverpool. A section of the Liverpool Labour Movement has always had protestant/orange roots that it never really managed to shake off, for example, exemplified  by Liverpool Militant during the 1980’s which would avoid discussing the ‘Irish Question’ for fear of alienating some its supporters and activists and more surprisingly, the actor Ricky Tomlinson often seen as being left wing, is a prime example of one coming from a Protestant/Orange working class  background who always supported Loyalism/Ulster Unionism and remains so to this day. I really do feel embarrassed for having to highlight this whispers and information that I am now hearing and that has been confirmed to me by emails.

In simple terms, those in the labour/left  in Liverpool involved in this way of thinking should really be ashamed of themselves. They really do need to be outed for what they are i.e bedfellows of fascists and racists by default, and by not showing support for members of the Irish community who have been the victims of fascists and loyalists they can neither call themselves anti-racists or antifascists. It is quite clear as I’ve outlined above that the  experience of Irish community parades/marches has been one of  racist attacks by fascists and members of the Loyalist/Orange community and not sectarian. How clear does this need to be stated? Historically, James Connolly, James Larkin and other great leaders of the Irish Labour Movement have been exasperated by the failure of the British Labour Movement to properly support Ireland. Sadly, today it seems that the Irish community in Liverpool can expect the same lack of support and that the British Labour Movement is well and truly integrated with the British State and its institutions.

Reclaiming the streets – Understanding the historical basis of Irish community street presence in Liverpool.


The above headline is from the Daily Post newspaper of the 18th march 1996. It describes the previous days attempts by the Far Right and members of the local Liverpool Orange/Loyalist community to prevent the liverpool Irish community from staging its first St Patrick’s Day parade in the city for nearly 30 years. The parade assembled at the Old Irish Centre on Mount Pleasant but never made its original route through the city due to the ‘protests’ and violence of Liverpool’s local bigots and racists. It was re-routed by Merseyside Police instead.

Needless to say, anger within the Irish community was immense. However, one of the positive reactions to that days events was the formation of an Irish flute band (James Larkin Republican Flute Band – disbanded 2008). Ironically, the protests by racists and bigots that day emboldened  the Irish community so that Irish community parades have been a regular occurrence every year in Liverpool since 1996.

Here’s an article that I’ve found that was published in the Celtic FC Fanzine Tiocfaidh Ar La from the year 2000 that perfectly sums up how fascists/loyalists aggression leads to a positive Irish community response, and of course, this has lessons for those of us today who face a renewed attempt by the combined effort of Fascists/Racists/Loyalists/Orange Order to drive the Irish community back off the streets……

Interview with the famous ‘Tiocfaidh Ar La’ – Celtic/Ireland Fanzine

Issue 27 Autumn 2000

 

It’s often said that the cities of Glasgow and Liverpool have much in common, for example both cities history of working class militancy and politics, and of course both cities links to Ireland due to massive immigration during the past two centuries. In particular, both cities experienced near identical histories when it came to the Irish. The Irish communities in both cities faced hostility and racism stemming mainly from Loyalist/Orange organisations and the wider public as a whole. However, when one looks at the state of play today one sees that the development of the Irish in Glasgow compared to Liverpool has significantly altered since the middle of this century and that the mirror image often highlighted no longer exists today.

Given this recent history it is all the more remarkable that in June 1996 a republican flute band was formed in the city of Liverpool for the first time. Liverpool has no real history of Irish fife & drum marching bands, instead pipe and brass bands associated with the Irish Forrester’s and catholic based organisations being the order of the day over the years. The following is an interview with Niall, a member of the James Larkin Republican Flute Band.

Q. How & why was the band formed?

In 1996, The Liverpool Irish Centre organised a St Patrick’s Day Parade. The first to be held in the city since the late 1960’s. The parade was subsequently confronted by up to 100 combined members of the Liverpool Orange Order/Loyalists/fascists on Hope Street, who’s intent was to attack the parade and prevent the parade from following its city centre route. The fascists did in fact succeed in halting the parade. The police on the day decided to re-route the parade over a much shorter distance around the outskirts of the city and failed to properly confront the fascists to ensure the parade followed its intended route. This success by Loyalist/fascists had a profound effect upon our community, and lead to a debate as to how best to respond to this threat. We were certainly determined that this would never happen again and that Loyalist/fascists would never be able to prevent the Irish community from using the streets again.

The formation of a flute band in Liverpool had long been an ambition of many with the community, and as a result of this debate a few individuals decided to form a band who’s primary aim at that time was to challenge the apparent loyalist/fascist supremacy of the streets of Liverpool. The question we would ask ourselves always was, why only march on St Patrick’s Day, why not other days? The band became a vehicle for many who shared these same sentiments and we had our first meeting in the Irish Centre in June 1996.

Q. What were the particular difficulties in starting a republican flute band in Liverpool, or in England for that matter?

The problems all those years ago still remain with us, in that while there is a very strong history of radical Irish republicanism/nationalism in Liverpool, for instance the Scotland Road area of the city constantly elected TP O’Connor, Irish Nationalist MP from the late 1800’s to the 1920’s and there was very strong support for the IRA during the Tan War with an active brigade in Liverpool openly parading, organising and carrying out operations against British forces in Liverpool until the end of the war; that level of activity waned over the years for a wide variety of reasons such as the destruction of wide areas of social housing in the city centre, causing Irish communities to be disbursed outside of the city, hence the band has no true republican base from which to organise from and this leads to difficulties in raising funds etc. If only we had a Celtic FC of our own down here! Ironically, the band has had little contact with Loyalist/fascists interfering with the band’s activities, which is something we always thought would be a problem, especially given that we openly parade around the city promoting Irish republicanism and socialism. Since, the band’s formation we have seen increasing radicalism within the Irish community in Liverpool and support for the band and republicanism in general has grown.

Q. What are the band’s political leanings?

The band quite openly supports the republican movement and has over the last 4 years travelled extensively throughout England, Scotland and Ireland supporting republican events/parades. We are also very much aware of the need to support other struggles and show solidarity. For instance, the band lead the last big Dockers Strikers March in Liverpool in 1997 were nearly 10,000 people marched through Liverpool. The band received a great reception from the organisers and also from trade unionists around the world who obviously made the connection between the struggle in Ireland for national self determination and the rights of workers every were to have a job and earn a decent wage. The band has continued to support such events and this year lead the Liverpool May Day Rally on the 1st May.

Q. Finally, how does the future look for the James Larkin RFB?

The band has continued to grow despite the odds against us. Our main parade for the year is the James Larkin Commemoration March & Rally which we started in 1998 and has grown in size ever since. This year’s parade will be held on Saturday 30th September and as always we welcome bands from Ireland, the Bands Alliance in Scotland and supporters from across England, Scotland and Wales to Liverpool in making it the largest republican rally to be held in England.

The Sash, Liffey Bar & Taigs……


This video from 2008 shows the march through Liverpool of the Apprentice Boys Of Derry. It happens every June and involves Loyalist flute bands from Liverpool, Scotland and Ireland.

The route of the march passes through Renshaw Street were there are a number of Irish pubs. For some reason, the ABOD and their supporters have consistantly targeted the Liffey Bar every year and it has now become customary for bands passing by the pub to loudly play the Sash My Father Wore and for their supporters to literally foam at the mouth, behave like total bigots, gesturing and jumping up and down while singing the words to the Sash..

This is as bad a case of blatant sectarianism as your likely to see and as always, aimed at an Irish pub and its customers…something needs to be done…..

More links of the ABOD & The Liffey:

Stop the IRA March….yawn……


<a href=”” title=”Stop the IRA March….yawn……”>Stop the IRA March….yawn……

I like this video, as it shows the grit and determination of Loyalists and Fascists as they attempt to ‘stop the IRA march’ and really show that Dunkirk spirit……..but hey…..it didn’t really take Merseyside Police more than a few minutes to remove them did it?? No real determination on their part at all at ‘civil disobedience’ as far as I can see and that’s because it was mere tokenism at best. The Fascists and Loyalist had called for a national mobilisation again the IRA….or in reality the James Larkin March against Racism & Fascism.

Yep, Fascists and Loyalists actually did feel it right to turn up at a march against racism and fascism to then hurl racist and sectarian abuse at members of the Irish community on the day and then to boast widely across Facebook, Twitter and Youtube that they actually stopped the march ?? (wrong, cos the march reached its destination in the city centre), defeated the IRA?? (the IRA were not there to defeat) and that they rule the waves, as was sung at the march as it wound its way to Liverpool City Centre (there were no waves to rule anywhere as far as I could see).

So I say thank you to Fascists and Loyalists for these video’s. They put a smile on my face always and remind me that organising against Fascists, Racists and Loyalists is right and that Liverpool should be free from these people in future and the sooner the better for all concerned….

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