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Defend Europe, in their vessel C-Star, intended to block refugee boats leaving the coast of Libya bound for Italy [Image: Defend Europe].

Crowdfunding sites based in the United States are closing down pages dedicated to right-wing campaigns in the wake of the violence at Charlottesville.

The decision has affected not only campaigns to support James Fields, the man accused of driving his car into counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, but also – for example – right-wing group Defend Europe, that set sail on the Mediterranean to stop refugees reaching the continent.

Crowdfunding sites including GoFundMe and Kickstarter (in the case of Mr Fields) say they have policies prohibiting hate speech and abuse, and Patreon (Defend Europe) says the bid to obstruct the rescue of migrants who set sail from North Africa was “likely to cause loss of life”.

This Writer applauds the decision by the crowdfunding sites to stop supporting fascism.

I’d like to quote a personal friend, Jim Campbell, who posted eloquently on the subject of the so-called “alt-right” today (August 16):

“There were ‘good people’ on the alt-right side of the Charlottesville march?

“Let’s be clear: if you are happy to stand with, march with, people carrying swastika flags and chanting Nazi slogans, you are NOT good people. You are an apologist for Nazis. You are an enabler of Nazis. You are on the wrong side of morality; you are on the wrong side of history.

“Espousing the Nazi creed is an inherently violent act. It is endorsing the idea that some people are *less human* than others and can have violence visited on them with impunity.

“America: the words of your President and the weasel-worded apologism of his supporters shames you. Britain: the silence of our elected government shames us.

“We laid waste to Europe for six years settling this argument. We sacrificed a generation of brave young men settling this argument. We know where travelling this road leads and, if your side of the argument involves declaring the supremacy of one race over others, it ends with a length of piano wire and a street lamp.”


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