DFLA: Deflated, Not Defeated.

DFLA Fascist Salute

Crivvens! Jings! And Help Ma Boab! After all the exertions this week celebrating our 300th birthday we were gonna get intae a crate of Buckfast, hoover up a bag of nasty, phone for a pizza and pretend we weren’t in. T’was not to be cos apparently the Democratic Fuckwit Lads Alliance (DFLA) were holding a silent demo in geezer cockney London up the apples an’ stairs.

At least 2,000 anti-fascists, trade unionists and other activists managed to organise and outnumber them and the DFLA march was delayed and then blocked by militants. This was not appreciated by the DFLA beetroot coloured head boilers who then had a go at plod who were not doing very well at containing them. Again. Metro-Plod had fucked it up at a previous far right demo in the capital in June when it kicked off. So, 3rd time lucky Constable?

As the Democratic Fuckwits gathered up, they were, as usual, neither silent or sober, standing in the street with their classy breakfast Stella’s, supervised by plod, and ready to get moody. Which they did. Mainstream and social media showed images of plod being assailed by fat necked white blokes, some ‘Seig Heling,’ and there are accounts of DFLA accusing various anti-fascists, media workers and the Labour party of being or ‘protecting peedos,’ rather ironic given the amount of rapists and child molesters exposed in far right groupuscules (see previous blog entry).

The FLA, like the EDL before it, made rolls o’ coin from merchandise – i.e., crap flags and t-shirts made in China – as well as ‘contributions,’ and following arguments over fiduciary mismanagement by FLA leader John Meighan, the DFLA faction split away to try and grab a bit o’ cash for themselves. Schadenfreude aside, anti-fascists cannot rely on the far right’s bouts of infighting and splinters to neutralise the fascist threat and this weekend’s demo showed a large amount of organisations and individuals prepared to mobilise, many of them autonomously. These kind of numbers need to increase. We also need to use social media to control our own narratives rather depending on any mainstream media who have their own to propagate. We need to continue the positive feelings from Saturday whilst organising for the next one. Up And At ‘Em!

Be Seeing You!

About malatesta32

Malatesta aka M. Testa, undercover anti-fascist blogger, has analyzed the changing fortunes of the British far right for nearly a decade. He has given lectures on anti-fascism, published articles in Anarchist Studies and Freedom magazine and wrote Militant Anti-Fascism: 100 Years Of Resistance (AK Press 2015) which the Morning Star called a '‘Potent Primer On Europe’s Anti-Fascist Struggle … a useful source of information about the fight against fascism.’ http://www.akuk.com/index.php?_a=product&product_id=7285
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