Julie Waterson (1958-2012)

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It was with sadness that I heard of Julie Waterson’s death today after a long fight against illness.

Julie was a long-standing member of the Socialist Workers Party and a regular contributor to Socialist Worker.

Julie was a fearless and passionate fighter against capitalism. She is perhaps best remembered to many outside the SWP for her role as chief steward of the 1993 anti-fascist demonstration to shut down the BNP headquarters in Welling, where she was bloodied, bruised and beaten over the head by police batons. Her anger and determination to fight against the injustices of capitalism, and for socialism, were an inspiration to many far beyond her own organisation, and not just to those of us who knew her. The left in Britain will be missing one of the most determined class fighters of her generation.

Our thoughts and condolences are with her comrades, friends and family.

 

 

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  1. Daphne Liddle
    November 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm · Reply

    Very sorry to hear about Julie, she was a very brave woman who put the fear of god into the fascists. I remember one event in the 1990s,veteran Mosleyites were having a posh fundraising nosh in the top floor suite of a posh hotel near Kings Cross. Diana Moseley was speaking. Julie led a party of anti fascists up numerous flights of stairs and physically wrestled the guest list from a startled woman fascist and then led her comrades straight out again. It contained very useful information. It happened so fast all the fascist thug guards were taken by surprise. She was brilliant. She also led the anti-fascists at the BNP event in the Swan pub in Stratford where Tyndall got a bit of a beating from anti-fascists while approaching the pub. His mates inside the pub looked on and did not intervene. It was the beginning of the end of Tyndal’s leadership. Nail bomber David Coleman was one of the fascist youngsters running around outside the pub. Condolences to her family.

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