British fascist “Tommy Robinson” is in Helsinki this weekend to promote an anti-refugee film, Seinajaki Arab Spring. It was screened at an “undisclosed location” after the Finnish Film Foundation refused to host the event. Robinson failed to show up but did speak at a secret meeting of fascist and far right activists. Robinson’s visit comes against the background of rising far right in Finland. In a guest post from Finland, Laurens Mallinder explains what’s happening.
The movement against Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán returned to the streets of Budapest on Saturday 5 January. Orbán is nervous. For the first time since his initial election victory in 2010 the trade unions are threatening a general strike and anti-government protests have broken out beyond the capital.
A march of thousands led by “Tommy Robinson” and UKIP leader Gerard Batten marked the first outing of a new project for the far right in Britain – bringing together a racist street movement and what was once a traditional electoral party, UKIP. The move marks a new direction for the far right in Britain – but it has antecedents elsewhere…
#01G is our slogan. You see it everywhere, on placards, graffitied on the streets and last night it was projected onto Sándor Palace. It literally means “Orbán is a wanker”. In a country where people are terrified of the authoritarian state, this is a big step… Roland Lakatos reports from Budapest
POLAND: fascists lead Europe’s largest far right demo – eywitness report and analysis, photos and video
Today’s Independence March in the Polish capital Warsaw – organised by fascist and ultranationalist groups – was big, nasty and emboldened.