December 01, 2008

Three arrested after BNP city march

Clashes between anti-fascist and BNP supporters in the city centre on Saturday resulted in three arrests.

Anti-fascist protesters gathered at one end of Church Street at 10am, while BNP members met at the other end – near the bottom of Lord Street – at midday. Merseyside Police say both groups had agreed to avoid conflict by remaining in their own designated area.

However, clashes erupted when the groups, numbering around 200 people, came into contact later in the afternoon, culminating when BNP chairman Nick Griffin arrived to give an address at St George’s Hall.

One onlooker said: “I didn’t see any fighting but there was a lot of verbal taunting.”

Peter Molloy, BNP candidate for Belle Vale ward said BNP members had complied with police and had not been involved in the clashes. A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “The force liaised with both groups to minimise disruption.”

The three Merseyside men, aged 20, 22 and 32, were arrested for public order offences but have now been released.

Liverpool Daily Post


Spudulike said...

"Peter Molloy, BNP candidate for Belle Vale ward said BNP members had complied with police and had not been involved in the clashes."

Somebody from the BNP mob must have been involved in the clashes or there wouldn't have been clashes.

Anonymous said...

"Somebody from the BNP mob must have been involved in the clashes or there wouldn't have been clashes."

Oh I am sure UAF would have been screaming it from the rooftops by now if they were! So it must have been UAF supporters.

Antifascist said...

'So it must have been UAF supporters.'

Yeah, sure. That's why Pino88, that well-known UAF supporter, is bragging about being nicked all over Stormshite.

Indymediator said...

There's a short report appeared on IM

"The morning began with an anti-fascist rally at the bottom of Bold Street. About an hour into the rally, Alex McFadden, the chair of MCARF (Merseyside Coalition Against Racism and Fascism) announced that the BNP had not turned up. Wherever he got his information from, it was totally incorrect. The rally had started to disperse, when word got round that about 100 BNP people were on Church Street.
More than twice that number of anti-fascists quickly mobilised on Church Street and started offering them some vocal opposition. The police formed a line between them and the fascists before the opposition could develop into anything more direct, and forced them further up the street. For the rest of the day, the BNP needed a heavy police escort everywhere they went. This kind of cramped their opportunity to hand out the race-hate pamphlet that twelve of them were arrested for last week. Apparently the Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to prosecute them, though it hasn't publicly given a reason why. (There isn't necessarily anything sinister in this, it might be as simple as, they aren't sure enough of getting a conviction on the basis of the pamphlet alone.)
The BNP then walked through the city centre, still under heavy police escort, to hold their insulting rally at the war memorial. A few people stopped, and heckled them: "Nazi scum" and "Sieg heil", nothing that would offend your average person's sensibilities. But the police surrounded them and threatened to arrest them. Free speech for some but not for others, eh?
The police escorted the neo-nazis to Moorfields station, from where they left town. The police seemed particularly friendly with one character in particular, a stocky, red-haired fellow called "Pete", who seems to be the BNP's local organiser. He was seen giving orders to the twelve who got arrested last week.
If the BNP is trying to present itself as a respectable political party these days, not all of its members can keep up the facade. One of them barged into News From Nowhere bookshop that day and threatened to burn it down for promoting "communist subversion." He seemed not to approve of the shop's range of books, which includes black history, feminism, gay rights, socialism, anarchism, and the history and culture of countries around the world. This was a typical piece of neo-nazi hypocrisy. They bleat about their own right to freedom of speech, but they will trample on everybody else's."