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Anti-fascists kick Nazis out of High Wycombe

by Julie Simmons
Issue No. 2499

Anti-fascists from across Oxfordshire kicked the Nazis out

Anti-fascists from across Oxfordshire kicked the Nazis out (Pic: Julie Simmons)

Over 250 people joined an anti-fascist protest last Saturday against the English Defence League’s (EDL) attempt to stir up racism in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

In contrast the EDL mobilised a pathetic 75 for its national demonstration.

The counter-protest was called by Unite Against Fascism and High Wycombe Community Advocates.

It was supported by branches of the PCS, Unison, CWU and NUT unions and the trades council.

Other groups such as Chiltern Peace and Justice group and Amnesty International High Wycombe gave support and district councillors joined it.

The police and local press had run a scare campaign to deter people from coming out. Police reportedly threatened to use the Prevent strategy against Muslims who campaign against the EDL.

Demonstrators occupied the town centre and marched to disrupt the EDL rally with chants of “Nazi scum off our streets”.

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