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Time for a little story about a band in the 80s
A band called Skrewdriver
A racist band that got shut the fuck down:
Some of you may or may not be familiar with the band, so imma just start from the beginning

Basically during the 1980s there was a resurgent neo Nazi movement in the UK, organisations Luke the BNP and National Front were on the rise, and this band moved to the far right
The lead singer openly called himself a neo Nazi, and was a vocal supporter of open racism at his shows, which became a haven for fash (fascists)
Eventually the antifascists found out about him and this story kicks into gear
So 1980s antifascists in the UK were more militant than they are today
At the start they would infiltrate the far right music scene, find out where bands like Skrewdriver were selling merch and hold boycotts outside the shops, or protest in the streets
But that only works if the shopkeepers have shame

So some started smashing the displays

That worked much better
When it came to the gigs, antifascists would infiltrate the scene to find out where gigs were held and, once located, would contact venues to encourage them to cancel the events

This worked for a while, forcing them to use a small number of sympathetic venues
Then they stepped up a gear
They boycotted and protested outside these venues, drew attention to what they were doing, and many were forced to cancel the gigs in response to the backlash
So the neo Nazis were forced to try a different tactic; they would arrange for fans to meet in a secret location before heading to the real venue

In one notorious event they planned for fascists to meet in a local park before heading into town.
Antifascists found out.
So basically all these Nazi shithawks were walking into the park. Expecting to find friends. Approaching a large group of punks and skinheads.
It didn't end well for them.
Then more came, saw what they THOUGHT was some rambunctious play fighting and ran in laughing.
So Yeah, the band, and the neo Nazi Oi scene in general, got no-platformed quite extensively, and guess what happened?
It started to fracture.
Fascism is built on the idea of being strong and united, but they're whiny little shiys in reality, and turned on each other instantly
The lead singer of Skrewdriver had an even more interesting life:
Once his politics became known, his life became a living hell, the piece of crap couldn't even go to the corner shop anymore, tellers refused to serve him, staff refused to allow him to set foot inside their place
And then the antifascists found him.

He couldn't even go outside for fear of ridicule, seemingly every time he opened his door some passerby would call him out on his bigotry, he moved several times, but couldn't escape his shame
He was completely boycotted
Eventually he did what most Nazis do when pushed:
he blamed his fellow fash for not backing him up, did the 80s equivalent of a Facebook rant and completely denounced the scene
With the loss of one of their most well known bands, and the complete and absolute infiltration of their scene by antifascists deplatforming them, the far right music scene began to tear itself apart, to this day it hasn't recovered to the same level
Because of no platforming
And a hefty share of militant antifascism too.
What happened to the band, you say?
It completely fell apart because they couldn't sell merch, couldn't get gigs, and the lead singer got bottled in the streets so many times.
A few years later the lead singer died, unfounded, in a car crash in the early 90s
Deplatforming Nazis works. It fractures their sense of unity, it threatens acceptance of their ideals, it rips financial support out from under them.
It doesn't just "force them underground to grow" because guess what, antifascists work underground too.
And we'll find them again.
If you would like to know more about antifascism and shutting down the far right I can recommend 3 books for you:
"militant antifascism: a hundred years of resistance" by M Testa
"Beating back the fascists: the untold story of antifascist action" by Sean burchall
(Both available from @AKPressDistro )
"Antifa: the antifascist handbook" by Mark Bray
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