|anti-fascists on the march|
Anti-fascists easily outnumbered the rabble that had turned up in central London on Sunday to march behind ‘Tommy Robinson’ to ‘Stop Brexit Betrayal’. Robinson, a well-known racist bigot whose real name in Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was making his debut for UKIP, which recently appointed him as some sort of adviser in a last-ditch effort to halt the decline that followed the departure of their old leader, Nigel Farage.
About 3,000 Kippers, and the usual fascist degenerates who hang around Robinson, marched to Parliament Square with their flags and banners to hurl abuse at the May Government that they claimed had betrayed the Brexit vote.
Thousands more turned up to oppose them. Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) reckoned that around 15,000 responded to the call to confront the racists on the streets. SUTR and others said the message of the counter-demonstration was that Leavers and Remainers alike will not stand for fascists attempting to profit from a crisis; and that we will not stop until the rise of the far-right, and the wave of hate crime that has accompanied it, has been defeated.
At their rally in Whitehall, SUTR’s Weyman Bennett said: “We had a brilliant demonstration against Tommy Robinson – outnumbering and humiliating him. Now we have to redouble our efforts. Robinson and Batten are attempting to normalise and legitimise fascism and we cannot let it happen.
“Tommy Robinson should be locked up. When he made that speech saying that Jamal, a Syrian refugee, deserved to be beaten up, it was a disgrace. That’s what fascists do. They try to divide us and destroy us. Our message is very simple: ‘never again’.
“We face dangerous times and dangerous times mean we need to organise. We need to build in our communities to make sure ‘never again’ is something real.”