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From: resist@burn.UCSD.EDU (Infoshop Berkeley)
Subject: Berkeley Boots Holocaust Denier
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 1994 02:06:03 -40962758 (PDT)

     Berkeley Anti-Fascists give Holocaust-denier the Boot

Berkeley, October 13, 1994
Two hundred anti-fascists gathered in Berkeley this evening,
disrupting a speech by Holocaust denier David Irving. This
infamous British revisionist "historian" has been waging a
campaign for what he calls "real history" but what is in fact an
insidious pack of lies. He has written a series of sympathetic
biographies of Hitler, Goering, and Rommel and travels around the
world lecturing at events sponsored by various pro-Nazi groups
including the British Nationalist Party, the German People's
Union, and the Nationale Offensive (Germany). He has been
accompanied by Nazi skins and Toronto-based fascist Ernst Zundel,
author of The Hitler We Loved and Did Six Million Really Die? In
his home country of Britain, Irving is prevented from speaking
publicly by anti-fascists, while in Germany, Canada, and other
countries he is banned from entering altogether.

Irving was scheduled to give a lecture at the University of
California at Berkeley's Alumni House, which was secretly moved
to the YWCA due to protesters already present. Scouts quickly
determined the new location and informed the crowd, which them
moved en masse to the YWCA. Finding no police present, protestors
stormed the hall, confronting the liar and his supporters. A
scuffle ensued as Irving's bodyguard attacked the protesters;
several older Nazis sporting SS pins tried to leave and were
subjected to the justified rage of anti-fascists, many of whom
had family members interned by these same people. Irving's
literature table was overturned and a box of videotapes, "The
Death of the 'Holocaust' Legend Begins," was smashed with great
enthusiasm. Also found were swastika stickers, a German pride
button, and other Nazi merchandise.

Cops from the Berkeley and UC campus police departments
eventually arrived, driving the anti-fascists from the building.
By this time, most of the people who had come to hear Irving
speak had gotten cold feet and left. After several more
disruptions, Irving was able to give his speech to a greatly
diminished audience and only under the armed protection of dozens
of police.

About 75 anti-fascists waited out the lecture and Irving,
donning a disguise, tried desperately for half an hour to leave
without notice. Finally, as the cops were helping him carry out
his hate literature, he was whisked off in a cop car.

We see tonight's action as a partial but important success.
Although we were not able to prevent the lecture from taking
place, we did seriously disrupt it, chasing away many would-be
supporters and destroying a lot of his racist propaganda.
Hopefully the Alumni House and the YWCA have learned that people
in Berkeley won't tolerate racist scumbags like Irving.

Many of us were pleasantly surprised by the level of
militancy displayed by protesters against the hatemongers and the
breadth of participation. Many passers-by joined the protest or
were otherwise supportive, adding to the collective spirit of
anti-fascist solidarity.

Some onlookers voiced concern over the issue of "free
speech," engaging anti-fascists in heated discussions on the
street. Our response was that David Irving did not come to speak
dispassionately about the finer points of academia, but instead
to network with Nazis and other Holocaust deniers. To have let
this event occur unhindered would imply our complicity in
allowing the worldwide neo-Nazi movement to grow.


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