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Anti-fascist jailed for a year

Issue No. 2513

Fascists in Dover in January

Fascists in Dover in January (Pic: Guy Smallman)

An anti-fascist protester has been jailed after a demonstration in Dover in January. Michelle Smith, a Unite union official, admitted violent disorder and was jailed for 12 months.

Her barrister, Benjamin Narain, told the court, “She did not go there with the intention of causing violence.”

He added that she had been stalked and attacked at her workplace in Liverpool.

Smith joined anti-Nazis who protested against the Nazi National Front in Dover on 30 January.

Police allowed fascists to attack the counter-protest with bricks, rocks and bottles. Anti-Nazis defended themselves before police kettled them.

A freelance photographer was savagely attacked on the day by Peter Atkinson, who was jailed for seven years. The photographer required surgery involving plates and pins to reconstruct his elbow and arm.

Humiliation for the EDL Nazis in London

Just 70 fascist English Defence League (EDL) supporters gathered for a “national” demonstration in London last Saturday. The racist protest targeted Muslims and refugees.

Police facilitated a short march by the Nazis while anti-fascists joined a counter-protest called by Unite Against Fascism.

And the EDL was dwarfed by a 10,000-strong anti-racist, anti-austerity protest taking place in London on the same day.

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