Knowing your place: Protesting and problems for the Left

Recent images of the vigil held for Mark Duggan outside Tottenham Police Station illustrate a problem which has plagued the Left for many years. Apart from a few DIY banners, all of the placards on show bare the brazen logo of the Socialist Workers Party. The issue here is not the “instrumentalisation” of Mark Duggan’s death, or even the SWP itself, but rather the omnipresent, left-wing branding of almost all protests.There is obviously nothing wrong with solidarity or showing your support for certain causes. But the fact that the vigil, like so many other protests, was completely dominated by SWP creates a host of problems.

By Matteo Tiratelli

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