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BBC boosts racist Robinson

Issue No. 2358

Racist EDL leader Tommy Robinson was given the oxygen of publicity three times last week when the BBC broadcast interviews with him.

He appeared on the Radio 4 Today programme.

Robinson stoked up racist hatred, claiming that “things were not going to end pretty” between white and Muslim people. 

He then appeared on BBC3’s Heresy programme, and the Sunday Politics Show on BBC1.

Meanwhile in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, the EDL was trying to stoke up tensions after mobile footage appeared of a fight between two groups of young men.

Robinson seized on the moment and tweeted, “Muslims launch violent attack on innocent English boys and girls in Ashton”. 

The EDL called a march then publicly cancelled it. But about 200 racists still descended on the town. 

Robinson and co-leader Kev Carroll did not show.

The march featured Nazi salutes and ended in a rift between the EDL and other far right splinter groups.

A small group of Unite Against Fascism protesters staged a counter demonstration.

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Tue 18 Jun 2013, 17:37 BST
Issue No. 2358
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