Who is really behind the far-right occupation of Canada’s national capital?
More: Profiles In Extremism
40 Ways To Fight Fascists: Street-Legal Tactics For Community Activists
Excerpt: “When it comes to fascism, the myopic lens of the anti-extremist can’t help us to see the relationship between fascism on the fringes of society and racism in the mainstream – the relationship between fascist hatred of Roma and Muslims today for example, and mainstream laws that deny Muslims and Roma civil and human rights, and the popular media that constantly dehumanises, stigmatises and serves them up to the fascists as suitable enemies.”
Two excellent sources of analysis and news on the far-right in Canada
Amy Goodman interviews Stanford Psychology Professor Jennifer Eberhardt. Shapes what we see, think and do
Anti-Extremism or Anti-Fascism
ANTI-EXTREMISM OR ANTI-FASCISM?
Written by: Liz Fekete
Anti-extremism frameworks, popular in policy and academic circles, are masking the multi-dimensional and pan-European nature of contemporary fascism and the role of the state.
Not since the early 1990s, and the pogroms at Hoyerswerda and Rostock have Europe’s far-right movements posed such a tangible threat to the safety of racial and religious minorities. In truth, levels of violence and state responses are far more worrying today than in the 1990s when hostels housing asylum seekers and guest workers were firebombed. There are a number of reasons why the central issues associated with far-right violence and racism are not being fully and publicly discussed.
A fertile climate for fascism
First, fascism is a much more complicated and diverse phenomenon than it was in the 1990s. (Read an IRR report: Pedlars of Hate: the violent impact of the European) When violence is carried out by neo-Nazis, it is easier to understand and see as linked to fascism. But the far Right is a fluid, evolving scene which is constantly mutating. The Autonomous Nationalists, white resistance movements, the counter-jihadists, the ultra-patriot identity movements and defence leagues are amongst the more recent variations on a far-right theme.
Defund the Police
The role of the police in the fight against fascist elements and movements has been starkly illuminated in the abject failure of the Ottawa police to take even minimal steps to protect public safety. In fact openly assisting and fraternizing with this violent racist mob. The contrast with the vicious repression by police there and across the country against non-violent protests by Indigenous land defenders and their allies has been pointed out by posters and commenters all across the social media constellation.
It is past time for everyone opposed to racism and fascism to take a serious look at the arguments and proposals to defund police; whether it be the municipal, provincial or federal forces.
WORKING PEOPLE AND UNIONS ARE UNDER ATTACK AND THE LABOUR MOVEMENT IS RESPONDING
WHAT'S HAPPENING? WHAT IS BEHIND THIS TARGETTING? WHAT CAN WE DO?