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Saturday 6th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

by Felicity Collier

ANTI-FASCISTS will be out in force in Croydon today to counter a rag-tag mob of neonazis descending on a Home Office building to mouth off about refugees.

The far-right South East Alliance (SEA) is holding an unwanted demonstration outside Lunar House, the building asylum-seekers must go to when they arrive in Britain.

Civil servants’ union PCS called on Home Office permanent secretary Philip Rutnam to stop the far-right demo.

It warned that it is a “cynical and inflammatory move by the racists” following the recent attack in Croydon on young asylum claimant Reker Ahmed, who suffered a fractured skull and spine, and a blood clot on his brain.

Organisers of the counter-demo Unite Against Fascism (UAF) said it was “disgusting that SEA are targeting Croydon and asylum-seekers” after the attack.

UAF national campaigner Paul Sillett told the Star: “It’s important to emphasise what a minuscule outfit the SEA are.

“But in light of the French election, we have to ensure groups like this are kept down.”

Far-right groups have repeatedly held aggressive demonstrations outside Lunar House.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Our members who work at Lunar House should be able to go to their place of work free from the threat of violence or intimidation and new asylum-seekers should also be able to present themselves there without fear for their safety.”

The anti-fascist demo takes place from 11.30am outside Lunar House on Wellesley Road.