Socialist Worker

Racist Britain First blocked in Rochester

by Steve Wilkins
Issue No. 2428

Anti-fascists in Rochester

Anti-fascists in Rochester (Pic: Kelvin Williams)


As many as 200 people lined the streets in Rochester last Saturday to stop around 50 fascists from Britain First marching through the town.

The racist party is standing its deputy leader Jayda Fransen in the Rochester and Strood by?election. Its election leaflet is so racist that Royal Mail has refused to distribute it. 

Britain First were blocked when they assembled at Rochester station. Police helped them to push through the anti-fascists, but they were blocked again a third of the way up the High Street. 

The fascists tried to hold a street meeting but they were surrounded and their speeches drowned out. 

After a two hour stand-off, they turned round and were marched back to the station by the police. 

They had failed to get to the war memorial or hand out their leaflets. It was a great victory for everyone who opposed them.


Unite Against Fascism conference is due to take place on 21 February.

For more information go to uaf.org.uk or phone 020 8971 7426.

Activists are also planning an anti-racist protest on 21 March next year.


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