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Police protect EDL thugs on march in Rotherham

Issue No. 2403

On the UAF protest in Rotherham

On the UAF protest in Rotherham (Pic: Fran Postlethwaite)

around 250 anti-fascists stood up to a national mobilisation of the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Rotherham on Saturday of last week.

The counter protest was organised by Unite Against Fascism (UAF).

The EDL claimed thousands would attend but fewer than 400 assorted thugs and Nazis turned up.

Shamefully the EDL were allowed to march through the streets protected by 1,000 cops who had locked down the town centre.

This was despite the local council voting unanimously against allowing the EDL into the town, according to local councillor Brian Steele. Another councillor and local trade unionists addressed the UAF counter demo.

The rally sent out a clear message—“The EDL and all other fascists are not welcome here.”

BNP washout in Hemel Hempstead

More than 60 anti-fascists opposed just 18 British National Party (BNP) Nazis in Hemel Hempstead last Saturday. UAF and local trade unionists organised the counter protest after the Nazis announced their intention to protest against plans for a new mosque.

Thanks to Fran Postlethwaite, Trevor Goodfield, Dave Holes and Peter Segal

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Tue 13 May 2014, 17:48 BST
Issue No. 2403
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