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Racist Pegida flops again

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2448

Protesting against racist Pegida in London

Protesting against racist Pegida in London (Pic: Kelvin Williams)

Around 300 people opposed the racist Pegida UK group in Whitehall, central London, last Saturday. The protest was called by Unite Against Fascism (UAF).

Pegida UK were hoping to ape the success of the Islamophobic group in Germany, which has mobilised thousands. 

But anti-fascists outnumbered them. There were around 70 Nazis on the Pegida UK protest.

Nik from London told Socialist Worker, “Pegida might be careful about how they phrase things, but it’s clear who they are in reality. 

“They’re trying to give a lead and scoop up the smaller groups since we beat back the EDL."

Nazis Britain First and the English Defence League (EDL) also staged a protest outside Regent’s Park Mosque in central London on Friday of last week.


The EDL plan to protest in Walthamstow, north east London, 9 May. For more information see Counter demonstration to the visit of EDL on Facebook


Some 300 anti-fascists outnumbered 100 members of the racist EDL in Oxford last Saturday.

The counter-demonstration was called by UAF and supported by local unions.


Around 100 local people attended a Love Mill Road Hate Racism picnic in Cambridge last Saturday. 

The event was organised by UAF in solidarity with a local Muslim woman who was verbally racially abused in the same park. She said the event restored her faith in the Cambridge community.

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Tue 7 Apr 2015, 17:52 BST
Issue No. 2448
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