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Relations with other 'anti-fascist' groups

Given the similarities in objectives, why could the different antifascist groups not work together on these campaigns? For their part, AFA generally refused to cooperate with other antifascists if doing so involved working with agents of the state. They argued that if "you seriously oppose the fascists in a way which is effective, you are operating against the state. This is a fact of life" (Fighting Talk 1994b, 6). These divisions between the “legal” and “radical” (see Copsey 201, 7) antifascists sometimes caused problems for the movement. For example, Red Action reported that Groove Records "was already under AFA surveillance" and that by having it closed down, Searchlight "den[ied] militant antifascism a source of intelligence on the far right" (Red Action Bulletin 1999, 9 f.).[1]

Companies and charities


  1. Alex Carter, "Move Your Feet to the Cable Street Beat": The Cultural Praxis of Anti-Fascist Action, 1988 – 2000. PArtecipazione e COnflitto ISSN: 1972-7623 (print version) ISSN: 2035-6609 (electronic version) PACO, Issue 17(1) 2024: 29-45 DOI: 10.1285/i20356609v17i1p29 Published 15 March, 2024