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English Defence League humiliated in Coventry as its ‘national demo’ flops

by Richard Milner
Issue No. 2505

Nimo and Anil on the protest

Nimo and Anil on the protest (Pic: Richard Milner)


Up to 400 anti-fascists, trade unionists and socialists joined a counter protest against the English Defence League (EDL) in Coventry city centre last Saturday.

It was called by Coventry Unite Against Fascism.

The EDL’s national demonstration produced about 150 supporters. They were kept to the outskirts of the city centre. Swastikas had been daubed at various places in Coventry the night before.

Two sixth form students attending the UAF protest spoke to Socialist Worker.

Nimo said, “It’s really great that Coventry has stood up to hatred and rejected intolerance. We need to unite against racism but also against the system and the Tories who breed racism.”

Her friend Anil added, “It’s good that there’s so much opposition to the EDL.

“They’re trying to feed on peoples’ genuine problems, so it’s good to see so many people reject their lies. This is a great turnout.”

The counter protest was supported by a wide range of organisations including the Unite, NUT, PCS and Unison unions, the trades council, Coventry Against Racism, Coventry Stand Up to Racism and Love Music Hate Racism.


ANTI-FASCISM ROUND-UP

COLCHESTER

Around 70 anti-fascists humiliated a rump of a dozen miserable English Defence League (EDL) supporters last Sunday morning in Colchester, Essex.

The EDL’s silent “march” turned into a walk protected by Essex police.

The racists were trying to capitalise on the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south London, three years ago.

Passers-by joined the anti-racist demonstration against the EDL’s poisonous Islamophobia.

The police escorted the EDL contingent away to their transport as anti-racists chanted, “Bye bye Nazi losers”.

Tony Sullivan


ROTHERHAM

Anti-fascists in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, are preparing to protest against the Islamophobic Pegida group on Saturday 4 June.

Pegida is trying to use a sexual exploitation scandal in the town to whip up racism.

The anti-fascist protest will assemble in Rotherham town centre at 12 noon.

Go to Rotherham Unite Against Fascism on Facebook for more details.

LEICESTER

The fascist Britain First group was humiliated in Leicester last Saturday after it tried to hold a stall in the city centre.

Socialist Workers Party members challenged the Nazis and won support from passers-by.

Up to 40 people challenged around 12 Nazis, who were eventually escorted away by police.


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