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Hexthorpe protest rejects the racists

by Jim Board
Issue No. 2413

Protesting against the EDL in Hexthorpe, South Yorkshire

Protesting against the EDL in Hexthorpe, South Yorkshire (Pic: Jim Board)

Anti-fascists and locals turned out to oppose a march by the English Defence League (EDL) in the South Yorkshire village of Hexthorpe last Saturday.

The EDL hoped to sow division in the village, which has a sizable Roma community, by holding a march and rally. 

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) leafletted in the lead up to the protest and on the morning of the mobilisation.

Up to 50 anti-fascists initially assembled to oppose the EDL. But numbers grew as up to 100 locals came out of their houses to join the UAF protest.

Angry at the EDL’s attempt to sow division, people shouted, “Racist scum out of our community” and “Your dad scabbed in ’84” as the EDL marched.

The area has high unemployment and with the media and politicians whipping up racist scapegoating, the protest could have gone either way.

But people stood together. The EDL were pursued as they were escorted out of the village by the police. 

No to Nazis in Cricklewood

The South East Alliance (SEA), a splinter from the English Defence League, attempted to visit Cricklewood, west London, last Saturday. 

They mustered only seven, surrounded by at least ten times as many police and were confronted by a diverse counter demonstration of around 400.

The counter-protest was supported by many trade unionists, including Brent Trades Council and the RMT. 

The people of Cricklewood will not tolerate the SEA’s politics of hate. 

They are threatening to come to Cricklewood again.

But every time the fascists come, there will be fewer of them and more of us to defend our unity.

Sarah Cox

Anti-fascists outnumber Britain First in Coventry

Over 200 anti-fascists protested against the Nazi Britain First organisation in Coventry on Friday of last week.

The protest was called at short notice by Coventry trades council, with full support from Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Coventry against Racism.

Members of the FBU sent a message congratulating the protest on being noisy enough to hear in the nearby station. A fire engine beeped in support as it passed by.

Less than 20 Nazis met at the Royal Warwicks Club, which had lied to the local trades council claiming they were not meeting.

A city-wide boycott campaign will now be launched against the club.

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