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'White Lives Matter' Nazis are booed, jeered and outnumbered in Margate

by Jon Flaig
Issue No. 2527

Anti-fascists countering the Nazi filth in Margate

Anti-fascists countering the Nazi filth in Margate


A “White Lives Matter” (WLM) march took place in Margate in Kent last Saturday.

Barely 30 fascists from across the country rallied behind the slogan—imported from white-supremacist hate groups in the US—for the march organised by the Nazi South East Alliance.

Around 250 anti-fascist protesters gathered by the railway station to counter the WLM march.

The Nazis’ route took them through the middle of crowds watching a popular motocross event on the main beach.

But all morning anti-racism campaigners distributed stickers, badges and thousands of flyers titled “Enjoy the Racing—Resist the Racists”. This helped bring many in the crowd over to our side.

There was a clear anti-fascist mood in town all day.

Hundreds of police including 20 mounted officers forced a route through the crowds and past funfair rides. They used horses to clear the road as protesters fought to slow the march.

The fascists were drowned-out and harried all along the route.

People out in town for the day booed and jeered the Nazi march and speeches.

A one minute silence for fascists convicted for violence in Dover on 30 January was also disrupted.

Local shops and cafes displayed posters showing their opposition.

Meanwhile, an event called Margate Rocks Against Racism (MRAR) took place on the cliff overlooking the town. Crowds came and heard local artists and speakers.

It was sponsored by Momentum, local Labour Parties and trade unions and helped to bring a new group of activists together. The group plans to organise a big MRAR event in the town next year.


Families remember and demand justice

The United Families and Friends Campaign holds its annual remembrance procession this Saturday, 29 October, in London.

There will be a silent procession along Whitehall followed by a noisy protest at Downing Street.

It remembers those who have died in police, prison and psychiatric custody and continues the struggle for justice.

Black Lives Matter activists were set to join the campaigners in solidarity this year.

It comes after news that three police officers involved in the death of Kingsley Burrell in Birmingham have been charged in relation to his death.

The decision represents a step forward in how police are treated by the criminal justice system.

It could also be significant for other campaigns.

But there is still a long way to go to get justice.

Assemble 12 noon, Trafalgar Square. March down Whitehall for demo at Downing Street


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