Friday, 12 September 2014

Unity Vigil: Justice for the victims of Rotherham’s grooming-gangs


The image used for the Unity Vigil (organised by Unite Against Fascism) via Facebook. 

The title of this piece has been stolen from the activist group which is holding a ‘vigil’ in Rotherham. The full title of the vigil is: ‘Unity Vigil: Justice for the victims – don’t let the racist EDL divide us’. (This group will be holding its vigil at All Saints Square – in Rotherham - at 1pm.)

Many of the people who put on these ‘vigils’ are the same people who violently demonstrate at Unite Against Fascism (UAF) counter-demos. In fact this vigil has been organised by UAF! (There will no doubt also be a violent “anti-fash” demo somewhere else in Rotherham.)

Thus the “peace” or “vigil” bit is a complete gimmick.

Trotskyists (now often called “progressives”) are some of the most violent, narrow-minded and intolerant people on earth.

And just as the (Trotskyist-run) Stop the War Coalition (StWC) is only against wars carried out by Western “capitalist states”; so this group will only be against racism, violence and division if that racism, violence and division is carried out by white groups and white individuals (as the grooming case shows).

Why didn’t the organizers of the Unity Vigil  for “the victims” rally in their defense three weeks ago? Or two months ago? Or, indeed, ten years ago?

The answer to that is simple.

It’s because this vigil is not really about the victims of Muslim grooming-gangs at all. It’s actually a response to the national and very vocal responses to the Muslim grooming-gangs. In other words, the vigil is actually against the the English Defense League (EDL) and about the “fight against racism”. It’s not about the victims of Muslim grooming-gangs. These activists helped make these young girls become victims in the first place. They were just as much victims of  their pious and zealous anti-racism as they were the victims of the anti-white and anti-kuffar grooming gangs!

Again, there have never been any vigils like this in Rotherham before the recent report even though the people of Rotherham – including some of the people who are holding this vigil – have known about the grooming-gangs for years.

The only way there will be “justice for the victims” is by punishing the type of people who are holding this vigil. These people are part of the problem. They – or people like them – are at least partly responsible for what happened in Rotherham. And the fact they are still talking about “racists dividing us” shows that they haven’t learnt a single lesson from all of this. As mentioned, they are part of the problem. In fact some of those on the vigil will be Rotherham social workers, council workers, trade unionists, Leftist activists and the like: the very people who attempted to cover the whole thing up.

You’ll also see that UAF rejects most of the findings of the reports, newspaper articles, testimonies and everything else written and said outside of the revolutionary Left. The bottom line is, then, that the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and UAF would like to go back to the good old days which existed before the Muslim and Pakistani nature of these grooming-gangs became common knowledge.

(See UAF’s ‘Justice for the victims of child exploitation – we will not let the racists divide us’. Note that UAF doesn’t even use the words ‘grooming gangs’, never mind ‘Muslim grooming gangs’. This is the deceitful Leftist fusion of general sexual abuse with with specifics of grooming-gangs.)

The Road to Rotherham

It started out as the authorities saying:

It’s a sexual-abuse problem: not an Asian problem. [Still the UAF-SWP line.]

Then things changed - just a bit - to:

It may partly be an Asian problem; though it’s also a problem which crosses all ethnic groups.

Now, or in the last few weeks, we’ve reached:

Yes, it’s a Pakistani problem; though it’s also a problem which crosses all ethnic groups.

The truth, however, is that it’s a Muslim problem.

Most sex-groomers are Pakistani simply because most Muslims in the UK are Pakistani.

If most Muslims in the UK were Arabic, north African, etc., then most Muslim groomers would have been Arabic, etc. Indeed, the sex-grooming - along with the street-rape - in places like Malmö, Stockholm, Marseilles, Paris, Oslo (the “rape capital of Europe”), etc. are hardly every carried out by Pakistani Muslims. In these cases, the culprits are mainly Arabic, north African, Somalian, Turkish, etc. Muslims. And even in the UK, Kurdish, north African, Turkish and other Muslims have been involved.

The other cop-out is that the groomers “are all young lads”.

So now it’s an “youthful irresponsibility” argument.

That is rubbish too. Many of the perpetrators have been in their 30s and 40s. In fact some of them (sometimes their uncles and even granddads) have been in their 50s and 60s. In addition, now the Daily Telegraph is informing us that ‘Imams promote grooming rings’.

Now for the cliché – used by such organisations as the Rotherham Advertiser and of course UAF – that the EDL and other groups are “exploiting this issue”. (Since the EDL was set up to confront precisely these kinds of issue, this is a funny thing to say.)

Well, the only reason why England’s politically-correct Great and Good finally responded to all this was because of external (external to the council, police, MPs, etc.) pressure from people and groups which had the courage and conviction to tell it as it is.

Even Bradford’s Telegraph & Argus, or Jim Greenhalf, mentioned (in 2012) the English Defence League. He said that the EDL has “underlined the point” that “those convicted in Keighley and Greater Manchester are Muslims”.


However, as far back as 2010, Chief Inspector Alan Edwards said:

"To stop this type of crime you need to start everyone talking about it but everyone’s be too scared to address the ethnicity factor.

"No one wants to stand up and say that Muslim Pakistani guys in some parts of the country are recruiting young white girls and passing them around their relatives for sex, but we need to stop being worried about the racial complication."

Chief Inspector Alan Edwards
 Chief Inspector Alan Edwards via

That was in 2010. Though it has only been in the last few weeks that the newspapers have started using the word ‘Pakistani’ (instead of ‘Asian’). And that was mainly because a well-respected academic produced a report on the Rotherham scandal. So it seems that the authorities (including national and regional newspapers) simply didn’t trust or respect what the people – not just the EDL – had to say about the the Muslim grooming-gangs.

Finally, many of the people and organisations which are now pointing the finger at the authorities in Rotherham – from the Daily Mail to the Conservative government – are carrying on with the with the same problematic mind-set: that of refusing to accept the Islamic/Muslim nature of what has happened.

If it was wrong not to point out the Pakistani nature of these gangs, why is it still right to ignore the Islamic/Muslim reality of them? What, exactly, is the difference?

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