Battle of Lime Street success but the fascists haven’t gone away ye know…


Some thoughts after last Saturdays disaster for the racists and fascists of National Action and North West Infidels . Firstly, they were defeated by the combined effort of anarchists, socialists, footie lads, black community, Irish community, elderly, young people, trade unionists and ordinary joe public. Both the counter demos organised by the UAF and AFN were effective and done the job to varying degrees of success. In the end, the fascists were out numbered by the people of Liverpool and were soundly defeated.
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Local loyalists and Orange Order members didnt turn out to support the racists but either did they turn out to oppose them. Their simple hatred of the Left and Irish community wouldn’t allow them to do so and as seen in the recent past, they will need to co-operate with the racists at some point in the future to attack Irish community public events in Liverpool. Its a symbiotic relationship that needs each other in order to achieve potentional success, in a shared hatred of anything that promotes Irish community growth.

Loyalism and Orangeism is a strange entity in Liverpool. Contrary to popular belief, Loyalism/Orangeism is not linked to protestant Irish immigration to Liverpool. It is purely English in its historical nature and its goal has always been to thwart the progress of the Irish catholic community in Liverpool, servile adherance to British imperialism and support the maintenace of the protestant British royal family.

If there is one thing to certainly wind up a Liverpool loyalist or Orange Order member is to ask the simple question, when was the last time Queen Eliabeth II ever attended an Orange parade? The simple answer is never. The English Queen won’t touch them with a barge pole, which certainly is an inconvinient truth for the loyal people of Liverpool’s Orange community despite their loyalty to the British crown and all of its successors.

While Elisabeth Windsor has given the Orange Order a massive swerve, she has however laid a wreath in memory of all those who fought for Irish freedom and the formation of an independent Irish state. This happened in 2010 and forms another inconvinient truth for loyalism and Orangeism in Liverpool. It really is a good example of unrequinted love by Liverpool’s Loyal servants.
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So back to the fascists. They will be back. They have an existant partnership with Liverpool Loyalism and Orangeism, and what better way to get back on the ground in Liverpool than to target the next major Irish street-based event. I kid you not. The battle against intolerance is not over. A simple call to arms by either Fascists or Loyalists to oppose the non-existent IRA in Liverpool would suffice and in the past provided us with bizarre images of a  Black woman (below) shouting abuse behind a line of NF poster carriers back in 2012 in Liverpool, when CNE Liverpool commemorated the Liverpool Irish who fought against fascism in Spain.
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Finally, Mayor Joe Anderson’s assertion that HE should have the right to decide on who does and who doesnt march in Liverpool is worrying. Joe can’t be trusted. In 2013, in response to another threatened mobilisation by Fascists, Loyalists and Orangeism, against the annual James Larkin March and Rally, Joe made headlines in the Liverpool Echo that he would ban all contencious marches in Liverpool. Joe is not only a threat to Fascists but also a threat to other communities and the broader Left.
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They haven’t gone away ye know, so it will be time to unite against the racists and fascists in the very near future I would say…. so No Pasaran!

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Ex-military fascists and bigots making their mark in Liverpool’s World War One commemorations.


Interesting reading this week from the Liverpool Echo newspaper when it ran several pages on plans to commemorate World War 1 in Liverpool from this year onwards. Most people focussed on the return of the giant puppets which proved such a success for the city the last time they were here. However, what caught my eye was the decision of Liverpool City Council (LCC) to work in partnership during the planned celebrations with a variety of community groups which included the Liverpool Kings Regiment Association (The Kingo’s) and Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund.

On the face of it It would seem reasonable for LCC to be working in partnership with an ex-servicemans group (Kingo’s) and a group set up to commemorate Liverpool soldiers of WW1 via a permanent artistic display (Liverpool Pals). However, my concern here is that individuals associated with both organisations have been involved in the systematic targetting of Irish community parades in Liverpool for the past two years and have been seen to be openly co-operating with both Loyalist and far right groups in the city.

This blog has documented the relationships between both loyalist and fascist groups in Liverpool for the past two years starting with their attack on the Sean Phelan Commemoration in Liverpool during February 2012. It was at this event which was organised by Cairde na hEireann Liverpool, that first attracted a disperate group of ex servicemen, loyalists, fascists when they prevented a parade entering Liverpool city centre from the Scotland Rd area of Liverpool. Sean Phelan was being commemorated due to the fact that he was Irish and born in Liverpool, but instead of joining Britain’s army he chose to fight for Irish freedom by joining the IRA and fighting in the Irish War of Independence. He was subsequently killed in an ambush by British soldiers at Upton in Co. Cork in 1921. In a very real sense, Sean Phelan represented all that was good within the Irish community in Liverpool. By choosing to fight British imperialism and fight for the freedom of small nations Sean Phelan represented the radical face of Liverpool Irishness since seen in likes of John Lennon etc.

The Sean Phelan parade was meant to finish in Derby square but as you can see from these pictures it would have been met by a motley crew of ex Kingo’s, known fascists and loyalists.
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Since that time other posts from this blog have noted the growing relationships between local nazi’s, loyalists and even ex-servicemen who are members of the ex-Kingo’s and the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund, all with aim of confronting and attacking Irish community marches in Liverpool. Take for instance, Roy Mitchell below.
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Mitchell is a former soldier of the Kings Regiment. At present he is a long standing committee member of the Liverpool Kings Regiment Association, involved with the Independent Kings Regiment Association based in the loyalist Derry Club in Everton and also a trustee of the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund (below).
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Since the Sean Phelan march of February 2012 Mitchell’s relationships with both loyalist and far right groups such as Combined ex-Forces and the North West Infidels has grown to the extent that before the July 2013 James Larkin March to remember the 100th Anniversary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout, he was part of a ‘delegation’ that met with Merseyside Police at police headquarters in an attempt to stop the ‘IRA’ marching in Liverpool. Below is a photo of Mitchell along with other known fascists such a Paul James of CXF (2nd from right) inside Police Headquarters before their meeting.
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In response to the increasing threats in the run up to the James Larkin march, Merseyside Police issued public order notices to known individuals who had threatened the march in previous years. The public order notices ordered these individuals to protest in a designated area and not approach the march at any other point along its route. However, this didn’t prevent Mitchell turning up at the assembly point of the march on Park Road, gesticulsting and shouting abuse toward the assembled marchers and then finding himself being detained by police and issued with a Section 14 Public Order notice to leave the area. There were subsequently 5 individuals convicted for not adhereing to the public order notices but Mitchell wasnt one of them Irish community group welcomes convictions.

Mitchell is one of a growing number of individuals that straddle both fascist and loyalist circles. Facebook gives one a real glimpse into the murky world of these hate groups by looking at who is friends with who. One facebook page continually called for attacks on Irish parades in Liverpool and as you can see it is littered with the comments of ex-kingo’s, loyalists and fascists kingos against the IRA

As i said earlier, LCC’s decision to work closely with the above groups appears appropriate. But when the mask slips there are real life individuals who are haters, racists, sectarian bigots, fascists and right wing torys who will be involved in Liverpool’s commemorations of a world war that was literally no more than a human meat grinder for Europe’s working classes.

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