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Counter demos keep Nazis in check

Issue No. 2461

Hundreds of anti-fascists took to the streets last Saturday in Sheffield and London.

A 400-strong crowd from across South Yorkshire joined a counter demo in Sheffield to oppose the English Defence League (EDL). 

The fascists’ “national” mobilisation attracted just 200 to try and whip up hatred against Muslims. They are trying to capitalise on the horrific cases of child abuse in South Yorkshire that came to light recently. 

They want to propagate the lie that there is a specific connection between Islam and the grooming of young women. 

The message that came across loud and clear from the anti-fascists on the day was “Justice for the victims—don’t let the racists divide us!”

The EDL rabble was escorted away and Unite Against Fascism held a short march to show that the racists are not welcome.

Meanwhile a Nazi demonstration in central London was dwarfed by a counter-protest of anti-fascists.

Some 200 people turned out to oppose a rally by some 20 Nazis in Westminster. The fascists had initially planned a demonstration in Golders Green—a north London area with a large Jewish population.

This was moved to central London by police. 

Joshua Bonehill, a white supremacist who was behind the protest, was arrested and charged with inciting racial hatred ahead of the demonstration.

Thanks to Jay Williams

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