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Thursday, April 15, 2010

No Holds Barred: Second International Tournament in Mixed Martial Arts Among Anti-Fascists of Europe 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman previews a unique event combining mixed martial arts and the current struggle against fascists and racists in Europe. This is the Second International Tournament in Mixed Martial Arts Among Anti-Fascists of Europe, known as "No Surrender!! II" It takes place Saturday, April 17, in Kiev, Ukraine.

We spoke with one of the organizers of this event, known as Anton, who is an anti-fascist activist. The rise of fascist and neo-Nazi elements in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union has resulted in resistance by the people there, but also the death of some prominent opponents of the fascists. Because of the current danger to those who are active in this anti-fascist movement, this mixed martial arts event will be closed to the public and its location kept secret.

The background to these important developments was explained by Anton, who stressed that a key motivation in organizing such events was to train the members of this movement in self-defense. As the announcement of this event stated, "The tournament is intended to continue the tradition of learning and use of fighting arts not only in the ring or mat, but also in real life situations. Invited to apply are all the caring people who refuse to be reconciled with the dominance of the Nazi terror in the streets of their own cities."

This is thus also an amateur event using modified MMA rules. But it is also an historic event, as it shows that the sport of mixed martial arts can be used to promote positive values and play a progressive role in society. That was central to our discussion, as we try to bring information about all this to the world.

You can find our more details about this event and the movements and organizations behind it at: http://avtonom.org/en/node/9247.

You can also see some of the type of fighting which will take a place at this event at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi0DRhbouZo.

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