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Bolton anti-fascists launch their defence

by Mark Krantz
Issue No. 2210

The campaign to defend

anti-fascists facing charges after protesting against the English Defence League (EDL) in Bolton took a step forward last week.

Police attacked the demonstration that Unite Against Fascism (UAF) organised on 20 March.

Rhetta Moran, joint secretary of Greater Manchester UAF told a 70-strong launch meeting of Justice4Bolton that: “I am being threatened with serious criminal charges for daring to be part of organising an anti-fascist demonstration.”

Bernie Gallagher, convenor of Bolton Metropolitan Unison union branch, told the meeting, “Significant council resources were deployed telling people not to go into town on the day. They created a culture of fear.”

A dozen EDL members were unsuccessful in an attempt to gain entry to the meeting.

Weyman Bennett, the joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism, was one of those arrested in Bolton.

He is facing the most serious charges. Weyman is expecting to be formally charged at Bolton police station on 22 July with “conspiracy to incite violence” which carries a five to ten year sentence if convicted.

For a model motion to support Weyman and all those arrested on the UAF demo in Bolton, go to

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Tue 13 Jul 2010, 17:56 BST
Issue No. 2210
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