A band called Skrewdriver
A racist band that got shut the fuck down:
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
Eventually the antifascists found out about him and this story kicks into gear
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
So some started smashing the displays
That worked much better
This worked for a while, forcing them to use a small number of sympathetic venues
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
In one notorious event they planned for fascists to meet in a local park before heading into town.
Antifascists found out.
It didn't end well for them.
Then more came, saw what they THOUGHT was some rambunctious play fighting and ran in laughing.
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
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
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
he blamed his fellow fash for not backing him up, did the 80s equivalent of a Facebook rant and completely denounced the scene
Because of no platforming
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
It doesn't just "force them underground to grow" because guess what, antifascists work underground too.
And we'll find them again.
"Beating back the fascists: the untold story of antifascist action" by Sean burchall
(Both available from @AKPressDistro )
"Antifa: the antifascist handbook" by Mark Bray