More White lies?
posted by: Ian Honeyford | on: Monday, 18 August 2014, 20:29
There was somewhat of a surprise and a shock for long term antiracist and antifascist activists in Leeds yesterday.
Long time activists were horrified to see on the protest for Gaza the notorious neo-Nazi thug of Redwatch, BNP and C18 infamy Tony White.
White was one of the founders of the infamous Redwatch website which targeted innocent individuals including Trade Uninonists, antifascists, and school teachers for violence, harassment and intimidation.
White helped fellow Nazi Kevin Watmough set up the website while at the same time running a violent campaign in line with the website's instructions. White has been jailed three times for his Nazi activities, most recently four years ago.
At the peak of White's activities in Yorkshire, antitacist and antifascist activists lived in fear of theirselves or their homes being attacked. The website regularly publishes photographs and the home details of people- photographs often taken on demonstrations.
It was in and around Leeds, where White and Watmough are based where most of the attacks happened. One activist, a member of the Anti Nazi League (ANL) and the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) even had her car firebombed in an attack which was directly linked to the website.
White was also a close associate of members of the Aryan Strike Force and British Freedom Fighters. Members of the group were sentenced for terrorist related offences in 2010. One of the men, Mike Heaton was particularly close to White. As was Nazi paedophile Marty Gilleard who was jailed for 16 years in 2008.
There's no denying that White has been one of the most active and violent Nazis on the British scene.
So it came as some surprise that when confronted by antifascists in Leeds yesterday, White claimed he was now an activist with the SWP and that he is regularly attending SWP meetings.
Perhaps people in the local SWP are unaware of White's past in threatening, intimidating and attacking their members. When pressed further on his claims that he is no longer a violent Nazi, White claimed he is working for Searchlight. A likely story.
Our advice to people who are attending meetings where this violent thug is active is that they should keep him away from their membership lists, petitions and personal details. There has been no word from his friends in the far-right that he has had some kind of miraculous conversion and it seems more likely with what little evidence is at hand, that White is probably gathering details for his old friends.
Leeds is one of the places in the country where fascists and nazis remain most active.
[Update] Leeds SWP has contacted us to say that while Tony White approached them with a view to getting involved and they refused his offer of "help".
Posted: 18 Aug 2014 | There are 6 comments
Comment 1 | From: Anthony Evans | Date: 19 August 2014, 01:13
A leopard does not change its spots, beware of him still.
Comment 2 | From: Amanada | Date: 19 August 2014, 08:49
This is another in a series of smears against against the party. The last set of lies did not defeat us and neither will this.
Comment 3 | From: Sally | Date: 19 August 2014, 10:25
As one of the people who had her car fire bombed by one of White's friends and faced years of abuse and threats from him, can I assure you all that he has not joined nor would be allowed to join the SWP. He did approach comrades selling papers last year, and told us that he was a changed man. However the bit in the article which is true, is there is far too much history for him and we told him he could not join the SWP nor even attend meetings and we asked him not to stand talking to us on our sale. I hope this now puts the record straight!
Comment 4 | From: Charlie Marks | Date: 19 August 2014, 11:33
Awww - Amanda! You've just given the NF game away. Thanks for the confirmation that racist thug Tony White is an NF plant. The NF must be proud of your blabbermouth!
Comment 5 | From: Mark | Date: 19 August 2014, 12:52
As well as being completely deluded, it shows how illiterate these racists are - Amanda can't even spell her / his name right! Won't defeat them? They already are defeated, but can't face up to it!
Comment 6 | From: Soreheed | Date: 23 August 2014, 09:09
I agree with Anthony Evans ...above...beware of this guy. However that doesn't mean all forms of dialogue should be discounted. Maybe a road to Damascus type conversion does seem a little far fetched but it isn't implausible either. Keep the dialogue open, get him to talk, instill some sense of rationality and get him to publicly denounce his previous ideology.........
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