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Anti-fascists oppose National Front in Oxford

by Pat Carmody
Issue No. 2414

The National Front (NF) could only muster 30 Nazis for a “Nationalists Against Grooming” demonstration in Oxford last Saturday.  

This was a national mobilisation for the NF, cynically seeking to exploit the suffering of Oxfordshire victims of abuse to stir up racism against Muslims.

Oxford Unite Against Fascism (UAF) called a counter-demonstration at just 48 hours notice. The council banned both demonstrations and police warned Mosque leaders to tell Muslims to stay away.

But 80 anti-fascists still gathered, then marched to near where the NF had assembled outside a pub. Three anti-fascists were held by police. Oxford UAF will campaign for any charges to be dropped.

Justice for Bolton campaign fights on

Justice for Bolton campaigners rallied outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Tuesday of this week.

They vowed to continue their fight for justice over the policing of a demonstration against the English Defence League in Bolton in March 2010.

Judge Justice Mostyn refused their application for a judicial review into the Independent Police Complaints Commission report into the demonstration. 

But he said that civil proceedings meant “we probably won’t be hearing the last” of the case.


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Tue 29 Jul 2014, 18:12 BST
Issue No. 2414
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