Friday, April 20, 2007

The Neo-Nazi website, 'Redwatch', has published pictures of local members of Ógra Sinn Féin

Anton McCabe:

Redwatch's motto is "Remember places, traitors' faces, they'll all pay for their crimes." Its founder was expelled from the far-right British National Party for being too extreme. Redwatch is linked to paramilitary Nazi group Combat 18, which in turn has links with the LVF.

West Tyrone Ógra has said they will not be intimidated. Spokesperson Barry McColgan said they had hoped the days of political intimidation were over.

"We hoped we were moving towards a situation where Ógra members, like members of any political grouping, should be able to operate in any area they wish without intimidation," McColgan said.

"We were photographed at a march outside the BBC offices in Belfast, which was organised in protest at against the media's portrayal of events in the Middle East last summer."

"The march was organised by the Anti-War Movement in conjunction with the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Friends of Palestine society at QUB.

"We won't be deterred; in fact it will make us more resilient.

"We are getting stronger, more young people are joining Ógra and more people are voting for Sinn Féin.

If the might of the British war machine and its death squads couldn't deter republicanism then neither will a website representing a minority, fascist view."

Matthew Collins from Anti-Fascist magazine Searchlight has studied the far right for years.

"Redwatch is dangerous and sinister," he said.

"People put on the site have been attacked and have been harassed.

"Combat 18 has set up this idea of leaderless resistance. They themselves don't organize attacks. They'll set out a menu on the internet."

Collins said Redwatch was international, with similar sites in several other countries.

"If your face is on Redwatch, you must be doing something right," he said.

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