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Racist EDL is a washout in Rotherham

by Jay Williams
Issue No. 2429

Sarah Champion MP speaking at the protest

Sarah Champion MP speaking at the protest (Pic: Jay Williams)

A group of about 60 English Defence League (EDL) members protested in Rotherham last week. They were trying to capitalise on the abuse cases that came to light this year. 

Local people rejected them and were angry at how much it was costing to police them. 

It is not the first time the EDL and others have turned out in Rotherham recently. 

But their numbers have rapidly diminished after each protest. 

They were not able to occupy the centre of town, which was held by more than 70 Unite Against Fascism and other campaigners opposing the EDL and braving the heavy rain.

There were speeches from local trade unionists, faith leaders, activists and local Labour MP Sarah Champion. 

She told Socialist Worker, “It disgusts me beyond belief that people seek to serve their own political agenda by the reference to the abuse victims of Rotherham.” 

“This makes them as bad as the abusers. 

“What we should be focusing on is getting justice for the victims and rebuilding the town.”

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