Fascists desecrate republican graves in Belfast

The Milltown Republican Plot in Belfast was desecrated by fascists on June 18th with Combat 18 slogans. This attack on the Republican plot in Milltown cemetery in west Belfast follows alleged Combat 18 involvement in the forcing of over 100 Romanian’s from their homes in South Belfast. Founded in 1992 from the security wing of the British National Party, the atatck also followed the election of two BNP MEPs in the recent Europesn Elections in England.

In recent times Combat 18 has taken over the mantle from the National Front in forging links with Ulster loyalists. From the 1980’s these links were fostered principally through Johnny Adair as investigated by Anti-Fascist Action. In 2000, during the Drumcree stand-off the RUC failed to prevent 20 known Combat 18 members from travelling to Northern Ireland from England. In April 2008 fascists were suspected of cooperating with a mass loyalist attack on Cosgrove’s Bar in Belfast. During the attack 32 yr old Hugh McAnally, was set upon by a gang of up to 50 men and had is throat slashed after watching a Celtic-Rangers Old Firm derby game in Cosgrove’s bar in Belfast (See story here).

 This attack on the Republican plot in Milltown cemetery in west Belfast follows alleged Combat 18 involvement in the forcing of over 100 Romanian’s from their homes in South Belfast. Links between Unionists/Loyalists in Northern Ireland and British Fascists can be traced back over 80 years.

 During the 1920’s, the 'British Fascisti' set up a group in Co. Down which led a pogrom against Catholics and in the 1930s members of the Glasgow based fascist gang the 'Billy Boys' visited Belfast to take part in sectarian rioting during the 12th of July weekend. The traditional heartlands of northern loyalism have always been deemed by the British far-Right as fertile recruiting ground.

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