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Nazis’ bank holiday weekend washout

by Cath Lewis and Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2506

Confronting the Nazis in Leicester

Confronting the Nazis in Leicester (Pic: Christine Lewis )


It was a bad weekend for the Nazis last Saturday.

Hundreds of people in Leicester confronted the fascist Britain First. The fascist group had been run out of city the previous weekend, but this time they faced even greater opposition.

The crowd gathered around the Britain First stall and refused to move until the Nazis had scuttled off. Anti-fascists chanted “Racist Scum, off our streets” and “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees welcome here”.

As the crowd grew in confidence, Britain First began to look more and more shaken.

By the afternoon, the Britain First stall was completely surrounded by demonstrators. The megaphone was being passed around the crowd, as people from Leicester’s many communities demanded Britain First “go home”.

Young Kurds stood shoulder to shoulder with black, white and Asian women and men, Somalis, African Caribbean people and Muslim women in headscarves.

The Labour mayor Peter Soulsby turned up to confront Britain First leader Paul Golding. He told him, “I have a mandate from 77,000 voters and I say on their behalf, leave Leicester.”

The Nazis were unable to give out their leaflets, and their racist newspapers piled up behind them, unopened.

The demonstration then turned into a jubilant march as police escorted Britain First out of the city centre. They were followed by hundreds of locals chanting and jeering “Racist scum—off our streets”.

This was another humiliating defeat for Britain First and Golding, who was arrested for breaching his bail conditions.

Britain First threaten to come back to Leicester. But the demonstrators made it clear, Leicester will be ready.


Nazis from the South East Infidels were humiliated in Dover on the same day.

Around 70 anti-fascists turned out to oppose just 25 Nazis.

National Front Nazis failed to show up to a planned protest in Wigan.

A crowd of anti-racists joined a rally called by Wigan Together to celebrate.

Nazis from National Action were arrested in York after unfurling an anti-refugee banner with a picture of Adolf Hitler on it.

Passers-by cheered as the Nazis were taken away.

  • Rotherham Unite Against Fascism plans to demonstrate this Saturday against Nazi group Pegida. Pegida is threatening to protest in Rotherham to try and use a child sexual exploitation scandal in the town to whip up racism. The counter-protest will assemble at 10.30am in All Saints Square in Rotherham town centre.
    Go to Rotherham Unite Against Fascism on Facebook for more details.

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