Anti-fascists call for boycott of neo-Nazi linked vegan cake shop

Italian neo-Nazis out drinking in Camden

Anti-fascists in London are calling for an active boycott of a vegan cake shop in Camden which they claim has links to a violent gang of Italian neo-Nazis.

Cupcake fascism is a term made up by smug middle-class liberals to define what they see as contemporary fascism emerging from twee things and post-imperial British nationalism, essentially a longing for a return to a past which never existed. It reached its apex with the hashtagged, superficial erasure of social problems by cunts with brooms that was #riotcleanup. Nobody using the term seemed to think there really was a link between cupcakes and actual fascism.

But there's a vegan cupcake shop in Camden which opened in August last year called Cakes’N’Treats, which anti-fascists in London are calling to be boycotted for links with a gang of violent Italian neo-Nazis. They don't want anybody (vegan or not) to spend money in there until they are happy links with the gang are broken. The gang are responsible for violent attacks in their native Italy and now stalking the streets of North London, causing trouble. London Anti-Fascists told us they are calling for an “active boycott of Cakes’N’Treats, until we are assured that the links between [owner] Kim K and the neo-Nazis are broken.”

Cakes'N'Treats vegan cake shop in Camden
Cakes'N'Treats vegan cake shop in Camden, North London.

It may not feel like it but the capital has a booming economy compared to those of stagnating European countries. This has led to large-scale migration of Europeans to the city with hundreds of thousands arriving over the past five years. Among those moving to the UK have been far-right nationalists of various nationalities. For example, the influx of Eastern European migrants has included Polish fascists Zjednoczeni Emigranci and Hungarian Jobbik supporters. London has also been host to whole range of Italian fascists in the past, from your regular bonehead to investment bankers and state-backed terrorists. The latest Italian to turn up in London with nationalist tendencies is a guy called David. He works in the shop, serving customers vegan cupcakes.

An investigation by London Anti-Fascists claims David is a neo-Nazi sympathiser and reveals he is drinking buddies with a dangerous gang of violent Italian neo-Nazis. Back in their native Italy these neo-Nazis regularly attend concerts organised by the secretive neo-Nazi music network Blood & Honour and they have been responsible for a string of vicious attacks against left-wingers.

Bonehead Elia Rizzo displays his skin-crawling tattoo.
Bonehead Elia Rizzo displays his skin-crawling tattoo.

A leading member of the group is Elia Rizzo (pictured above) who has a Nazi 'SS' drawn on his chest. Rizzo has visited London twice in the past two years and on both occasions David has gone out drinking with him. In one photograph posted on Facebook from November 2013 David can be seen posing with Rizzo with both of them wearing fascist t-shirts – in other pictures David can be seen posing happily with other known neo-Nazis.

Rizzo and David out drinking in London, Rizzo is wearing a Blood & Honour t-shirt, David is wearing a t-shirt with a fascio rune made by a fascist label.
Rizzo and David out drinking in London, Rizzo is wearing a Blood & Honour t-shirt, David is wearing a t-shirt with a fascio rune made by a fascist label.

The group Rizzo and others are part of is called “Pavia Skins” after the posh little university town of Pavia in the Lombardy area of Italy. They hold Blood & Honour gigs where neo-Nazi bands from across Europe play to groups of boneheads who make Nazi salutes while throwing themselves around. Other activities have included visiting World War II cemeteries and memorials, such as the German one at Futa Pass, to pose with banners supposedly paying their respects to the soldiers who died defending Hitler’s Third Reich.

Italian neo-Nazis, including the Pavia Skins, at Futa Pass.
Italian neo-Nazis, including the Pavia Skins, at Futa Pass.

Another bonehead who was part of the group and regularly goes drinking with David is fascist tattooist Luca Scuro. Like David, Scuro has migrated to the UK, working at Hellcats Tattoo Parlour in Hinckley, Leicestershire. Back in his native Italy, Scuro was fined for taking part in a violent assault on a group of young left-wingers, leaving one of them with a fractured septum.

David and Luca Scuro on a night out in Camden.
David and Luca Scuro on a night out in Camden.

Scuro's brother, another of David's occasional fascist drinking buddies, Luigi, has also come into contact with the Italian justice system. Getting into trouble after threatening a left-winger with a knife. If you're wondering what motivates the Scuro brothers to engage in violent attacks on the left, Luigi has a tattoo of Mussolini on his back (see below).

Luigi Scuro’s tattoos include a drawing of Italian fascist dictator Mussolini’s face.
Luigi Scuro’s tattoos include a drawing of fascist dictator Mussolini’s face.

Cakes’N’Treats is owned by 30-year-old Camden resident Kim K – who also happens to be David’s girlfriend. Originally from Germany, Kim migrated to London after being supposedly outed as having links to Italian neo-Nazis by German anti-fascists on activist website Indymedia. At the time the links looked like they could be a bit tenuous as all Kim had done was befriend a group of neo-Nazis on Facebook after attending an Oi! Gig in London.

Kim and David sharing a moment.
Kim and David sharing a moment.

The revelations caused what Kim described as a “shitstorm” of “massive proportions”. She released a statement explaining that she was an anti-fascist, had accepted the friend requests to her personal profile (she has a public profile with thousands of followers) without properly checking they weren't neo-Nazis. One of them might have done her boyfriend’s tattoos but having a saying associated with the Italian far-right as a tattoo (Nessun Rimorso) as well as flags of various European countries doesn't mean David was a nationalist, he was just a skinhead who likes Oi!, isn't politically active and doesn't really like the far-right.

In her statement Kim explained that when she’d met members of the gang at the gig in London they had been very interested in animal rights. This shouldn't be too surprising, rumours claim Hitler was a vegetarian and neo-Nazis across Europe have been making efforts to infiltrate animal rights groups to gain legitimacy. In the UK the neo-Nazi kids from youth group National Action have recently been trying to get involved with the anti-badger cull campaign. While last year an international animal rights gathering in Belgium was disrupted after the presence of fascists was revealed by French anti-fascists.

 Elia Ciccio Cristiano, Elia Rizzo, David, Alessandro Graria, and Luca Scuro.
Italian neo-Nazis waiting for a London bus. From left to right: Elia Ciccio Cristiano, Elia Rizzo, David, Alessandro Graria, and Luca Scuro.

Now it looks like Kim's broken all contact with the neo-Nazi gang she was connected to by anti-fascists back in 2012. She doesn't appear in any of their recent Facebook photos and we've not seen any videos of her at gigs where Nazi salutes are being thrown since 2012. But we found this Nazi selfie on Rizzo’s facebook page from a trip to London in June this year. It’s him on the left and David’s at the back. Is this Kim on the right?

 David appears triumphant behind neo-Nazis Elia Rizzo and Elia Cicccio Cristiano. But is this Kim on the right?
Nazi selfie: David appears triumphant behind neo-Nazis Elia Rizzo and Elia Cicccio Cristiano. But is this Kim on the right?

London Anti-Fascists explained why they had been investigating the shop: “Camden is a mecca for all manner of sub-cultures which historically has included the neo-Nazi music scene. This still occurs, to a lesser extent, today and we were concerned that the place could again become a magnet again for their obviously neo-Nazi friends. We believe the presence of racists, organised or not, and those who associate with explicitly racist/white power music scenes, pose a direct threat to people of colour and those who take ideological opposition to racist and fascist ideas.

“Kim K has previously stated she is opposed to Nazi ideologies, but she still has no problem hanging out in Camden with known neo-Nazis,” they added. She might not be a neo-Nazi herself but her claims to be an anti-fascist are clearly bullshit.

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radicalgraffiti
Jul 27 2014 00:51

Fuck off fascist defending scum

Fleur
Jul 27 2014 01:15

It does seem a little odd that someone would sign up to this site with the sole purpose of defending someone who's fucking a known neo-nazi, something which seems indefensible to me, regardless of how nice her cakes are.

Noah Fence
Jul 27 2014 04:26
radicalgraffiti wrote:
Fuck off fascist defending scum

Look RG, I dare say you think you're very clever, cloaking your opinion in elaborate ambiguity, but we would all prefer it if you just got straight to the point and tell us what you really think.

plebrise
Jul 28 2014 01:27

So here is what I've managed to dig up about this story:

First, the cafe owner's statement from 29 Nov 2012 when Facebook pictures of her boyfriend and his associates first surfaced:

"Statement: Contrary to any claims I am neither fascist or nationalist or racist. Many of you know me and know that this is not true. Likewise, it is not true that was my boyfriend Nazi. He is an anarchist skinhead, with anarchist tattoos. Just like many of you I do not check every picture of the people. "

Here's the link to that statement: [url]http://shehadistan.com/2012/11/29/kim-veganwonderland-shitstorm/ [/url]

And here's a link to the original story which first appeared on Indymedia on 28 Nov 2012: https://linksunten.indymedia.org/de/node/72599

I see no evidence of her boyfriend or even the Nazis he posed with being involved in any of the attacks detailed here: http://www.ecn.org/antifa/article/737/paviadiritornodamilanoaggressioneconcoltello

And yet, that didn't stop Mauro Vanetti providing the above link on Facebook as if those Nazis were the same people: [url]https://www.facebook.com/londonantifascists [/url]

Personally I am not convinced this grants for neither a boycott or any other action. Sometimes a smear campaign is just that - a smear campaign. Or possibly a sign of lousy journalism. Furthermore I am yet to see any actual evidence of this blog's earlier claim:

"He recently threatened a young heavy metal fan with a bottle and is widely believed to have taken part in a racial assault on a young black man."

I do not take posts of actual threats or attacks lightly. Either they happened or they didn't. And if the blogger can't support these claims then they are engaging in defamation of character. Regardless whether the people they write about are Nazis or not.

Ed
Jul 28 2014 07:22

Hi plebrise, from looking at the link which you say Mauro Vanetti posted and it not confirming that any of the above are involved in any attacks, that's because Mauro posted two links and you've only put the first one above. The first one relates to the 'Pavia Skins' group generally, which funnily enough includes Luigi Scuro, the older brother of Luca, one of the guys in the pictures above. In another link which Mauro posted, however, Luca is mentioned as being involved in an attack on a group of left-wingers which fractured someone's septum. Even more interestingly, it seems that of the group that got sent down, Luca got the most time, implying to me that he probably led the attack (and possibly even that he had priors as well)..

As for her boyfriend David being an anarchist, that's clearly bollocks, as is demonstrated from the pictures above and there's no statement she can make that can prove otherwise. Look at the pictures above: he's wearing a t-shirt with a fascist symbol on it, while he has his arm around several known (and violent) neo-nazis. What kind of anarchist is that? It's clearly a lie to get herself out of trouble... but it's not even a very good lie..

Steven.
Jul 28 2014 08:42
Ed wrote:
As for her boyfriend David being an anarchist, that's clearly bollocks, as is demonstrated from the pictures above and there's no statement she can make that can prove otherwise. Look at the pictures above: he's wearing a t-shirt with a fascist symbol on it, while he has his arm around several known (and violent) neo-nazis. What kind of anarchist is that? It's clearly a lie to get herself out of trouble... but it's not even a very good lie..

yeah, that is clearly nonsense. No anarchist could be posing for friendly photos with someone in a blood and honour T-shirt!

And if she claims David is an anarchist, with anarchist tattoos, she could prove the latter pretty easily by posting pictures of them. But she didn't.

Mr. Jolly
Jul 28 2014 10:55

Suppose setting up a vegan cupcake shop in Camden as a nazi you can be pretty much sure that the clientele are almost certainly going to be white.

Serge Forward
Jul 28 2014 13:42

If it looks like a dog, walks like a dog and barks like a dog, then it's most probably a dog... and the owner of this cafe should know, if you lie with dogs, you get fleas... that's it, I'm out of dog cliches. Anyway, she can't have her cake and eat it... etc...

Chilli Sauce
Jul 28 2014 14:10

Camden's gone to the dogs anyway and, fascist or not, I have no love for small scale capitalism, it's still dog-eat-dog...

Serge Forward
Jul 28 2014 15:18

A trendy capitalist running dog! Still, having a cake shop might keep the wolf from the door, as long as you don't dip your hound in the till too much. Sorry, that was dead rough. I'll get my coat sad

Noah Fence
Jul 28 2014 16:58

You lot should be ashamed of yourselves - this is some ones livelihood your messing with. It's no laughing matter.

Nah!!! Just joshing. Fuck em!

Seriously though, I'll give anyone a second chance - I've done some pretty lousy things and held some pretty lousy views in my time. That's just being human, isn't it? On this occasion though it seems to me that the new defending poster is just someone with some sort of interest in the business attempting a bit of damage limitation. If that's the case they should fuck right off. I would have more respect if they were just honest about it. If they put their hands up and said yep, used to be fash but changed, or even yep, we're vegan nazis and if you don't like go fuck yourself! If this is what I think it is then it's pretty lame.

Serge Forward wrote

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Some canine based puns

Lol! Those jokes were of a pretty good pedigree, chum!(British libcommers only). You've had me howling with laughter!

Chilli Sauce
Jul 28 2014 19:31

Webby, you're a top dog as far as I'm concerned but, dogonit, I think we oughta release the hounds on these fash..

In any case, it's about 8:30 and I think I need to see a man about a dog....

(Nice UK one there for ya.)

Serge Forward
Jul 29 2014 06:40
Webby wrote:
Serge Forward wrote

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Some canine based puns

Lol! Those jokes were of a pretty good pedigree, chum!(British libcommers only). You've had me howling with laughter!

All sourced from a rival cupcake baker's dog (again, UK related).

TOMMYTOWNE
Aug 4 2014 08:45

They look like proper Trad Skinheads. Too bad they are Fascist trash.

pizzinkwifsnit
Aug 6 2014 16:08

Is that Karl Pilkington on the last picture?

plebrise
Aug 9 2014 08:30

Ok, I see what happened. The English translation changed Luca Scuro to Dark Luke. http://laprovinciapavese.gelocal.it/cronaca/2013/06/27/news/un-anno-al-22enne-skin-che-pesto-i-giovani-di-sinistra-1.7332606

And Luigi Scuro got translated to Dark Luigi. http://laprovinciapavese.gelocal.it/cronaca/2013/07/05/news/sette-mesi-allo-skin-per-le-minacce-con-un-coltello-1.7375455

Hence I thought Mauro Vanetti meant different Nazis than libcom.org have featured in this article. Sorry for the confusion. Although I'm yet to see evidence that David too was involved in an assault as claimed here by libcom. Any evidence?

However, a glowing review of the cafe was given by littlemaria - on Stormfront. Under the heading: What have YOU done to give a job or business to a white instead of a nonwhite?[url]https://www DOT stormfront.org/forum/t967181-10/#post12253455[/url]

I wonder what the cafe owner thinks of being praised on White Nationalists' forums. Personally I'd choke on whatever cake I was eating, vegan or not.

Admin edit: link to fascist site broken.

plebrise
Aug 11 2014 04:19
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Admin edit: link to fascist site broken.

Am sorry I didn't think of that & thanks for breaking the link. Will try to remember it for next time.

Mick_NZ
Aug 22 2014 15:22

Have a look at this link https://www.facebook.com/david.lucca.547?fref=ts&ref=br_tf
It’s David Lavezzoli’s (Kim’s boyfriend) Facebook page using the name David Lucca (compare the picture of his left hand on his Facebook profile with other pictures of him in the VICE article and you’ll notice it’s the same person).
In his post from 19 August 2014 he brags about how good business is and that the VICE article is excellent marketing for the shop. He and his scumbag friends leave no doubt about their political opinions in their comments. In case he deletes the post or restricts the audience (it was posted as public) I’ve taken a screenshot.
Hope this helps to convince the ones who still try to defend Kim and David.

Chilli Sauce
Aug 22 2014 15:39
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He and his scumbag friends leave no doubt about their political opinions in their comments.

Interesting stuff, but a bit of translation?