Monday 15 January 2018

Keep the fascist EDL down – demonstration – Doncaster – this Saturday – far right intimidation at Fabian meeting

Despite suffering another split in the ranks, the dwindling body that is the rump of the English Defence League (EDL) have called a regional demonstration, this Saturday, in Hexthorpe, Doncaster. Anti fascists are bemused at this, given the long term decline of the group. Moreover, the reason for the fascists demo is supposedly that ‘locals Had enough of seeing the place they call home become a no go zone.
Had enough of living in fear in their homes’ (punctuation in the original). This is probably code for racism directed at the sizable Roma community who live locally.


Doncaster Stand Up To Racism, alongside UAF and other anti fascists, are organising a counter protest, details here,


Anti fascists locally know there is a tiny cell in Hexthorpe of EDL members, who, among others, had to be escorted out of the town, for their own safety, after people in Hexthorpe joined with anti fascists against the EDL in July, 2014. The key to a successful anti fascist turnout that day was a leafleting of Hexthorpe and, though the EDL’s unwanted intrusion is at short notice, UAF members will do the same again this week.


Only last week did one of the last areas of support the EDL has, issue an announcement, (more a series of moans) that ex minder to Nazi Nick Griffin, Alan Spence, was getting his P45 and relieved of all (violent) duties as EDL chairman (sic), below,


Spence has a sordid history and is well known to anti fascists. A former BNP candidate he, along with his fascist son, was jailed for an attack on a left wing meeting in Newcastle, in 2011,


He, alongside, current EDL leader, Ian Crossland, was humiliated by over 1000 anti fascists in Liverpool, last June,

The EDL have never recovered from Liverpool and have limped along to where their last national demonstration in Peterborough, last year was a pathetic 40 strong,



Crossland and his cohorts have long been told by other fascists to call it a day, following Liverpool and other embarassments for the EDL The days when Tommy Robinson could lead 3500 in towns like Dudley and Luton are long gone. Persistent, broad based anti fascist work by UAF and others has done for the EDL.




Last Saturday in Central London, a botched effort to arrest Sadiq Khan, London Mayor was made by a group calling themselves the ‘White Pendragons’. Leading them was one Davey Russell. Russell, in a previous light called himself DJ Bossman of the EDL.


Russell interviewed former British National Party leader Griffin and Tommy Robinson, ex EDL leader, on his pirate radio station, before it was closed down in 2014. He also fell foul of the charity Help for Heroes, as did the EDL, after claiming to raise funds for them. Russell is also a convicted racist, see here,

 Russell and his tiny collection of far right followers form the bizarre, White Pendragons sect. They tried to perform a “Common Law” arrest on Sadiq Khan. Presumably the plan was to drag him to the gallows they  had constructed outside.

Given the fact that Jo Cox MP was murdered by a fascist, this has to be taken seriously and many rightly saw the whole episode as threatening and with Islamophobia central to it. Audience members, together with security and police ushered the goons away.


The ‘Pendragons’ (!?) believe in a common Law conspiracy theory. This revolves around the idea that there is a right in Magna Carta to overthrow a government if it is engaged in treason. The accusation of treachery is levelled at those who they believe are involved in a shadowy, Freemason-style, group within the establishment, called “Common Purpose”, in this case, Sadiq Khan.


These would-be hangmen claimed to be protesting against Khan’s stand against the much unwanted, now cancelled visit of Donald Trump. We can see again that Trump’s racism opens the space for fascists to organise and make attempts to break through – just as Britain First tried after his retweeting of them.


Anti fascists have whittled down the far right in the UK to their hardcore, but we need to remain on guard against the fascists’ remains and provocations such as in London, last weekend.

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