UNITED E-NEWS 07/11/2006: Media Release - International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism
9 November - International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism. Activists in 41 European countries protest against fascism and antisemitism and commemorate the 'Kristallnacht'-pogroms
On 9 November 2006, non-governmental organisations in 41 European countries, coordinated through the UNITED network, commemorate the 1938 'Kristallnacht' pogrom, which is often seen as the symbolic beginning of the Holocaust. They also draw attention to contemporary
manifestations of racism and discrimination. The organisations prepare, among others, torchlight processions in Denmark and Norway, concerts in
Georgia and Estonia, working groups in Slovenia, Netherlands and Spain, big anti-fascist demonstrations in Sweden, Czechia and exhibitions in
Uzbekistan and Germany.
The danger is not over:
Recently two members from the British National Party were arrested, accused by the Lancashire Police to possess chemicals for the largest bomb-making hoard ever discovered in a British home. One of the two men had even stood for the fascist party in May¹s local election.
In Russia on the 4th of November a lot of extreme right and neo-fascist groups organized demonstrations.
In Germany the NPD won again seats in the regional parliament of Saxony and the same in Belgium with the right - wing party of Vlaams Belang. This shows that the threat of fascism is still not over.
Especially societies that have a lack of democracy experience and economic security are vulnerable for fascism and antisemitism. It is used as main medium of fear and hatred against other groups of people. Even though the Europeans decided after World War II they would never let anything like the Holocaust happen again, there are still right wing extremists. We have to be aware of the historical meaning and harm of fascism. Consequently it is important to counter fascism in the context of our increasingly connected and complicated societies. Stop Fascism!
UNITED for Intercultural Action is a network of 560 organisations all over Europe working against racism and fascism. Activities at
the local level in the framework of the campaign around 9 November are carried out by organisations from 41 countries. The campaign is
co-ordinated and stimulated by the UNITED International Secretariat.
A full list of activities is available on http://www.unitedagainstracism.org (under 'campaigns'/ 'International Day against
Fascism and Antisemitism').
Please contact the UNITED secretariat for further information.
We will be happy to supply you with contact information of organisations in your country/city/workingfield that are involved in this year's campaign.