Kitchener plagued with fascism…..and resistance!!!!!

28 Mar

So a recent article by immigroup stated that Kitchener is the second worst city in KKKanada to move in due to the fact
that it is the hate crime capital in KKKanada and despite the drop in hatecrimes they are twice that of the national average.
To us who live and organize in Kitchener that is not a surprise we have Blood and Honour, Orange order type loyalists,
anti native organizers, EDL and CDL fucks and the list goes on and on.

As a kid growing up in Kitchener one of the first groups I joined was ARA, not because of any desire to change the world,
I was an armchair marxist at the time, but due to a violent assault that occurred to me by Nazi’s in front of my school and
the teachers and so called authority figures doing nothing as i was beat senseless. I joined because that beating taught me that
sitting on the sidelines and ignoring these fucks wont make them go away and if the state will do nothing against fascist violence
then its up to us to defend ourself.

I think I was 14 when this happened and since then I have been an active organizer and have learned quite a bit over the years.
From my experience fascism and racist violence is not something that grows out of a vacuum but rather is nurtured and harnessed
by the state.

When I say this I am not just referring to the collusion between fascists and security forces which has been well demonstrated,
from the use of these organizations to attacks and firebomb Marxist Leninist Bookshops in the 70’s and 80’s in Kitchener,
to the Grant Bristol Affair where CSIS through the use of an agent took a bunch of drunken anti social elements armed and
trained them and unleashed them on the public, To the Matt Lauder Affair, to the use of bonehead fucks to target organizers
such as myself turning a blind eye to the windows of our drop in centre being smashed, death threats, beatings,
targeting family members etc.

What I am referring to the is the racism of the state creating the conditions and ideology that gives birth to this.
When the state publishes the white papers or says there is an immigrant problem, or promotes ideologues
like Christy Blatchford and the like who glorify scum like Gary Mchale and deny basic rights of self-determination
to the land of the Peoples we are on they are creating the conditions. When the murderer of a black youth gets $2000 bail
and is out the next day, only to beat the charges later they are creating the conditions. When they say the economic crisis
that we are facing is not because of the greed of the capitalists who have closed Ar. Kaufman, Arrow and other factory’s to exploit
third world workers but rather immigrants that are fed crumbs from the crumbs of the exploited they are creating the conditions.

When Mona Zettlers house was firebombed with no consequence and fascists are allowed to run neighbourhoods, selling drugs to finance there
activities with the police doing nothing they are creating the conditions. The racism on the street is part and parcel of the racism of the state
which is a colonialist genocidal state, built on stolen land and financed by the theft and plunder of resources from nations on this territory
and abroad and the violence on the street is no different then the violence of the state in Haiti, Venezuela, Ukraine and around the world,
and as long as the state teaches us that colonialism and imperialism is acceptable and marginalize people on the basis of nationhood
treating people as second class citizens, continuing the genocide here of the original peoples, there jackals and lackeys will be able to
carry out racist violence with impunity.

Ironically the state not only turns a blind eye to this, which is in there interest, but targets those who expose and oppose this behaviour.
When the anti terrorist unit was created the police stated in the record (the newspaper for Kitchener and surrounding areas) that
it was there to fight neo nazi’s and there left wing counterpart (us), pushing the idea that we are two sides of the same coin,
so on the one hand you have the right wing extremist on the other hand you have the left wing extremist and they the state are the golden medium.

This analysis not only criminalizes the resistance buts forward the idea that the racism of the state is acceptable
and laws such as the security certificate, the continued theft of children and land of the original people, exploitation of migrant workers
etc. is acceptable and our role is to sit back and let the state sort things out while racist attacks continue from above and below.

From our experience it was not the state that shut down heritage front, nor was it the state that shut down the Canadian Ethnic Cleansing team and a slew of other fascist groups,
rather it was us by mobilising the community and meeting force with force in the process of defending our right to exist and our right to resist.

It was not the state that drove Kyle McGee out of town, rather it was the state that defended him as they layed charges against anti fa s whose only crime
was opposing his bullshit, rather it was the community mobilized, and today it is not the state fighting the alphabet soup of fascists formations but rather us.

Yes Kitchener has a history of fascism, but it also has a history of resistance in the streets, and like we have beat back these forces in the past
we will do it again and win!!!!

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  1. Kitchener is plagued with fascism | BASICS Community News Service - July 7, 2014

    […] A first person account on the history of fascism and anti-fascist resistance in Kitchener in the last two decades.  This piece is an edited version of a commentary made by the author on his blog. […]

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