Monday 9 July 2018

Rump National Front nazis humbled in Wakefield

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What remains of the once best known, British fascist organisation the National Front, had a miserable time in Wakefield, last Saturday.  By contrast, it was a great day for anti-fascists. Around 250 people rallied and marched against the Nazi National Front (NF). It came on the same day that anti fascists also outnumbered another splinter group of Tommy Robinson supporters, in nearby Leeds,



Only about 20 NF turned up, at least from their last active branch in London, Croydon. The van bringing their placards ‘broke down’ and the pub where they were assembling tried to cancel them after complaints. Locals made their displeasure at the fascists known.


Earlier, last week, other fascists in Yorkshire had wondered at the decision to hold an ‘event’ in Wakefield, given the far right event in Leeds. This latest flop by the NF will only add to their marginal status. They look on jealously at the size of recent marches for Tommy Robinson, who they don’t support, for various reasons.



The Nazis called off their march and then scuttled away after a short rally.


Anti fascists had a loud and lively march through town and reclaimed the Bullring where the NF had held a tiny ‘rally’. There was a range of trade union banners—including from Unite, Unison, NEU, GMB, FBU, the local trades council, and youth and faith groups.



Wakefield MP Mary Creagh addressed the march recalling the murder of Jo Cox by a fascist in her nearby constituency.


As one local anti fascist said, ‘The mood was great and people went away energised and confident that we are the majority in Wakefield, and the streets are ours, not the fascists’ and racists’.


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