Dawn Raids: The Tragic Story of National Action
In December of 2016, the British group National Action became the first far right organization to be classed as a terrorist group in the united kingdom. Now they stand trial for crimes they did not commit. Demonized by the media, these unfortunate souls tell a harrowing tale, and offer us a warning as to what life might be like should we fail.
Founded in 2013, National Action arose out of need for a radical yet sensible nationalist group in the UK. A youth movement, NA was highly mobile and effective. Using talent that other groups had thrown out the door, their motley crew became extremely successful in 2015 gaining almost monthly news coverage.
Their style was simple. With ludicrous yet intelligent media stunts designed to capture the minds of story hungry journalists, and the group would create a reputation from notoriety. Stunts like "Miss Hitler 2016" or "Nazi Soup Kitchens" flooded the news cycle. They quickly gained their target audience: intelligent and dedicated youth.
National Action set the standard for what a nationalist organization should look like. A myriad of look-alike organizations rose up in the US and EU. Even antifascist organizations made half-hearted attempts to clone their clean cut style. Many tried, yet none achieved their level of expertly honed craftsmanship that National Action achieved.
Amber Rudd had a problem. She needed someone to answer for the murder of Jo Cox, an English Labor MP. The conviction of the killer himself was not enough to end the public pressure placed on top of her. She needed a sweeping, bold action to fix her problems, and the perfect scapegoat had already presented itself.
Getting breakout coverage (an insane 5000% gain in searches according to google trends), National Action was in the forefront of many a Briton's mind. Its relatively low popularity made it a easy and natural choice for targeting. Rudd had a perfect target.
In December of 2016 the ban was announced. At first, many thought that it was just a threat, that the group would never be proscribed. But the closer the date got, the worse thing seemed to get. Then it happened. On the 16th of November the proscription hit.
Like that, the group dissolved. Not with a bang, but with a whimper.
The police have made the claim that they must "disrupt" the activities of right wing groups that spread "division" in their communities. To keep their communities "safe" they have enacted a policy of psychological terrorism against all perceived offenders. Through the use of systemic isolation, retroactive judgments, and creative re-framing they have suppressed the lives and liberties of former NA members.
Many people put on trial are slammed with a criminal antisocial behavior order. Such an order stipulates that a person cannot interact with any "racist" persons for a period of five to six years. Its a thinly veiled attempt to isolate and decimate victims. These measures have seen exclusive use against the right wing.
Many quickly crack under the pressure. It is known that one activist has taken his own life after being being told that he would receive a sentence. He was neither involved with the incident that led to the trial, nor even attending the same university. Out of respect for the man and a lack of clear details, we will not publish his identity here unless more information comes to surface.
The first trials occurred over a set of stickers placed at Aston University in Birmingham. Using a design made to mock "Sharia Zone" stickers placed by radical Muslim activists, activists placed "white zone" stickers approximately the size of a post-it note on signs near the University. These events happened almost a year before the proscription placed against the group in 2016. Their actions at the time would have resulted in, at worst, a fine or community service. However prosecutors have decided to take a much more ambitious route.
At the conclusion of the trial two members were sent to prison for hard time, due to the changes in law. Within a day of arriving, one defendant, Chad Williams-Allen, was brutalized by an unknown gang of men. He was found on the floor stabbed in the neck with his skull nearly caved in. The guards outside his cell refused to acknowledge the incident until his cell mate broke the silence six hours later. He was later moved to a different prison after authorities feared a compromise in the facility.
It should be clear to any sensible person that this was a cut and dry witch trial. In this case, the law is being applied in an ex post facto manner, a clear violation of article seven of European Convention on Human Rights. Two of the people convicted were not even involved with the incident. The judge has even explicitly stated that these punishments are not even being based on the merits of the case, but instead on the level of activity each defendant had within National Action.
The second of these trials, pertaining to Jack Renshaw and his associates, is a bit more mundane than what would meet the eye. Jack Renshaw is another example of the results of unjust police pressure. During a variety of interactions with the policed, he began to believe that he was being investigated and possibly framed for child abuse charges (the validity of these claims are unclear). He became unstable, and during a night while drinking with friends Renshaw stated that he wished to commit suicide by cop. His friends, in an attempt to stabilize him, noted that he was still a virgin and decided to take him to a nearby club.
Unfortunately for Jack Renshaw, someone else was listening. Robbie Mullen, a friend of the group and ex member of National Action, turned informant to British NGO Hope Not Hate. He utilize unknown surreptitious recording techniques to capture an audio log of the event. This file was passed back to the group and entered as a key piece of evidence against him in the trial.
This also exposes another symptom of the psychological damage done to former National Action members. For those unfamiliar, this is a classic story of blackmail and entrapment seen so often in the world of intelligence analytics. Mullen was most likely pressured by Hope Not Hate to rat out his friend. After having his sense of self ownership likely annihilated by a well trained recruiter (usually with claims that he is trapped and that only the recruiter can help him), he received significant financial compensation for his acts. During a cross examination, it was revealed that he received nearly 22,000 pounds a year, as well as free rent, meals, train travel, and free electronics (a laptop and an iphone) from Hope Not Hate.
Hope Not Hate maintains not only that National Action still exists as an organization (even though anyone with a clear perspective of the situation could infer otherwise), but that its members were complicit and supportive in these "terrorist acts." They seem to be able to keep this claim up indefinitely, even after former group members decried Renshaw's acts as selfish and detrimental to the movement.
These trials are not a matter of law, but a matter of propaganda. They are designed to send a message. Those in the right wing will be brought before the courts, and they will be convicted. Not based on criminal activity, but based on their place in society.
They are also indicative of something else. Weakness. To use the words of Benjamin Raymond, the left must support its power-structure with violence and terror because they themselves recognize that they are weak. They must dump tens of thousands of dollars of bribes to keep their lies in motion. They know that they are failing, that people are rejecting their broken vision of the future. Nationalist groups have had no need for this violence. We can, and have, convinced people that a better future exists.
To quote National Action themselves:
"Some would raise the objection that if we became too successful, we'd - as group representatives - be imprisoned and/or unceremoniously executed without any inquiry or investigation ... We don't doubt that as a possibility ... but even then it wouldn't be an excuse to not engage in political activism[.]"
To those lonely few who are being targeted by this vile machine, our thoughts are with you. Stand steadfast. They can beat you down, but they can't kill the idea.Posted on: 2018-07-10 23:01:36