Socialist Worker

Nazis not welcome as EDL flops in Keighley

by Lesley McGorrigan
Issue No. 2570

Black and white unite for a West Yorkshire counter-protest

Black and white unite for a West Yorkshire counter-protest (Pic: Neil Terry)

More than 150 anti-fascists, trade unionists and residents joined a protest against the English Defence League (EDL) in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on Saturday of last week.

The EDL had originally planned to protest in both Bradford and Keighley on the same day. But with only 70 people, its numbers were so small that it had to cancel the Bradford protest.

A huge police mobilisation was deployed to help the rump of drunken fascists march through Keighley town centre shouting racist abuse.

Hundreds of police were sent to try to stop the anti-fascist unity demonstration being held in the town centre.

Local politicians, dignitaries and the police had invested enormous resources to stop anti-racist activity.

They argued for ignoring the EDL, and stood and watched while the EDL marched in the town centre, spreading Islamophobia, lies and division.

But the anti-fascist protest, organised by We Are Bradford and Unite Against Fascism (UAF), was lively, black and white, old and young.

Speakers from the NUT, UCU, Unite and Leeds Trades Council spoke of unity.

They reminded the crowd how fascism has always been fought and defeated in Britain whenever it has surfaced.

Don't let racists exploit child abuse in Newcastle

Anti-racists planned to protest against the EDL in Newcastle this Saturday.

The protest assembles at 1pm at the Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge St, NE1 8AG.

Newcastle Unites condemned the EDL’s attempt to use the “appalling crimes” of child sexual exploitation “to further its own ends”.

The protest is backed by many groups including Newcastle Unites, UAF, PCS Northern Region, Show Racism the Red Card, Newcastle Trades Council and Durham Labour Left.

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