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EDL is humiliated in Exeter as anti-racists take to the streets

Issue No. 2380

More than 1,000 anti-racists turned out in force to oppose a planned march by the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Exeter last Saturday.

Just 200 EDL supporters turned up for what was described as a national demo.

“The EDL was humiliated,” higher education worker Richard Bradbury told Socialist Worker. “It wasn’t the big bang it was hoping for.”

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Exeter Together put together the counter protest.

Richard said, “In the weeks building up to the demo, local anti-racists had been tremendously effective in organising activists.

“The EDL’s fiasco was inevitable.”

A rally was also held with speeches, music and dancing. Supporters kept arriving throughout the day, including from the local mosque and synagogue.

Trade unionists from the Unison, RMT, NUT and PCS unions joined the anti-racist demonstration along with the trades council.

Despite their humiliation in Exeter, the EDL still plans to demonstrate in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, this Saturday.

UAF has called a counter-protest to oppose them. A statement slamming the EDL’s plans to march has been circulated and signed by trade unionists and activists throughout Yorkshire. 

This includes Labour MP for Wakefield Mary Creagh, who has urged people to sign up to oppose the EDL.

Join the UAF demonstration in Wakefield—Saturday 23 November 2013. Assemble 12 noon at Westgate, Wakefield

Racist pact in Europe

The leaders of two racist parties have formed an alliance to increase their influence within the European Union.

They are Marine Le Pen, leader of the fascist Front National, and Geert Wilders, of the racist Party for Freedom. 

Nick Griffin, leader of the fascist British National Party is an MEP and plans to stand again in May. Join the campaign to get him out.

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Tue 19 Nov 2013, 17:21 GMT
Issue No. 2380
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