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BBC programme makers pay English Defence League leader's air fare

The Telegraph by Richard Orange | Saturday, 31 March 2012

Stephen Lennon, the leader of the English Defence League, told those gathered to hear him speak at an meeting of anti-Islamic groups in Aarhus, Denmark, that he had to leave early to appear on The Big Questions, a Sunday morning talk show hosted by Nicky Campbell. “I’d love to stay more...


EDL summit in Denmark humiliated by low attendance

The Guardian by Mark Townsend | Saturday, 31 March 2012

Anti-fascist demonstrators outnumbered far-right supporters more than 20 to one in Denmark as an English Defence League-led attempt to form a pan-European movement was humiliated. Estimates suggested as few as 160 defence league members from several countries gathered at the inaugural far-right summit in Aarhus for the European counter-jihad meeting, more...


Council rejects march bid by National Front

The Herald | Wednesday, 28 March 2012

A COUNCIL has rejected a plan by the National Front to march through a city centre on the anniversary of Hitler's birthday. Grampian Police had objected to the planned procession by the National Front Scotland, which was to have been held at 6pm on April 20 from Union Street to more...


Man snapped near mosque not planning attack, court hears

Kingston Guardian by David Lindsell and Tom Barnes | Tuesday, 27 March 2012

A man photographed holding a piece of wood moments before Kingston Mosque was attacked was grinning at his friends not plotting violence, his defence counsel has said. Alfie Wallace was snapped holding a piece of wood in East Road, where the mosque is, while another unidentified man stood behind him more...


Fabrice Muamba: Racist Twitter user jailed for 56 days

BBC | Tuesday, 27 March 2012

A student who admitted posting racially offensive comments on Twitter about footballer Fabrice Muamba has been jailed for 56 days. Swansea University student Liam Stacey, 21, from Pontypridd, admitted inciting racial hatred over remarks about the Bolton Wanderers player, who collapsed during a FA Cup tie at Tottenham. A district more...


Salford mother hurt in Pendleton racist acid attack

BBC | Monday, 26 March 2012

A Salford woman had acid thrown at her in a racist attack as she pushed her baby in a pram along a street. The 29-year-old was in an underpass on Broad Street, Pendleton, on Thursday when a man in his 40s approached her. He made a sexual and racist comment more...


Homeless charity criticised over BNP link

The Observer by Jamie Doward and Mia de Graaf | Sunday, 25 March 2012

The founder of a charity established by former members of the British National Party to help homeless soldiers has said he will close it down if it continues to be dogged by criticism from ex-servicemen and experts who question its credentials. Soldiers off the Streets (SotS), a charity and limited more...


English Defence League tries to rally European far right

The Guardian by Matthew Taylor | Sunday, 25 March 2012

Far right and anti-Islamic groups are due to hold a rally in Denmark on 31 March organised by the English Defence League (EDL) which it claims will be the start of a pan-European movement. The rally will take place a few weeks before the start of the trial of Anders more...


Mosque attack accused just 'happy go lucky'

Kingston Guardian by David Lindsell | Saturday, 24 March 2012

A tree surgeon accused of being part of a hooded mob that attacked Kingston Mosque has said he was a happy go lucky man who did not know there was a mosque in the town. Terry Earl, 32, is on trial along with eight other men who all deny being more...


UK anti-Islamist group to form "Freedom Party"

Reuters by Michael Holden | Friday, 23 March 2012

The leader of a British anti-Islamist group said on Friday his populist protest movement, which critics say represents a new far right in Britain, would form a political party in May. Stephen Lennon, head of the English Defence League (EDL), said the three-year-old grassroots group wanted to move on from more...


Thugs beat man after EDL demo

Spen Guardian | Friday, 23 March 2012

VIOLENCE and disorder broke out following a demonstration by the English Defence League on Saturday. At least 60 members of the far right group gathered for a peaceful demonstration on Savoy Square in Cleckheaton. However, at the end of the demonstration – which was organised in response to a more...


Builder grilled over bacon mosque attack

Kingston Guardian | Wednesday, 21 March 2012

An Epsom builder has been grilled over why he bought bacon which was subsequently thrown at a mosque. Builder David Morris, 22, is one of nine men accused of violent disorder, affray and racially-aggravated damage when a hooded mob attacked Kingston Mosque in November 2010. The incident took place after more...


Police appeal after Yorkshire EDL demo leaves trail of violence

Yorkshire Post | Wednesday, 21 March 2012

POLICE in West Yorkshire appealing for information after a series of incidents in Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike and Dewsbury that followed a demonstration by the right-wing English Defence League on Saturday. Around 60 members of the EDL took part in a pre-planned lunchtime demonstration in Cleckheaton town centre. It ended without more...


Tory councillor's 'outrageous' Southall slur sparks inquiry

Ealing Gazette by Poppy Bradbury | Monday, 19 March 2012

A TORY councillor has sparked fury after declaring 'criminality is endemic' in Southall and claiming its Indian community 'exploits their own people in squalid third world living conditions.' Benjamin Dennehy, who represents residents in Hanger Hill, made the controversial comments on his blog on Tuesday (6) where he said the more...


Arrests after EDL protest

Dewsbury Reporter | Monday, 19 March 2012

A DEMONSTRATION by the English Defence League (EDL) in Cleckheaton led to two arrests for criminal damage in Dewsbury. The protest on Saturday afternoon on Savoy Square, opposite the town hall, in Bradford Road, passed peacefully, with the 60 supporters leaving the scene by 3pm – more than two more...


Extreme measures

The Scottish Sun by SIMON HOUSTON | Sunday, 18 March 2012

FEAR is fuelling a sinister new wave of right-wing extremism, a Scottish Sun investigation has found. Politicians and academics are sickened by the growing band of yobs who are trying to blame poverty and unemployment for turning to hate-filled groups. The vile Scottish Defence League boast their moronic supporters now more...


Olympic ban for nazi thug

Daily Star | Sunday, 18 March 2012

A FAR-RIGHT thug has been rejected as an Olympic security guard after his sick views were exposed by the Daily Star Sunday. BNP activist George Crapper, who is linked to neo-Nazi groups, passed an interview stage with security giant G4S. But after we contacted the firm, which has a £200million more...


Sainsbury's sued for £500,000 over worker's murder in Aberdeen

BBC | Saturday, 17 March 2012

Relatives of a man murdered by a work colleague in an Aberdeen supermarket are suing Sainsbury's for £500,000. Robert McCulloch admitted stabbing Lithuanian national Roman Romasov, 28, at the Berryden Road store in 2009. Shelf-stacker McCulloch, now 37, was told he would have to serve at least 10 years and more...


BNP to lose EU funding?

HOPE not hate by Nick Lowles | Friday, 16 March 2012

A few weeks ago BNP leader Nick Griffin boasted that he and two other fascist MEPs were going to share €289,266 with the prospects of much more to come. This morning Griffin woke up to the realisation that this funding is in jeopardy and future funding is incredibly unlikely. Griffin, more...


‘I’m not a racist at all’ insists youth football manager

The Portsmouth News by Clare Semke | Friday, 16 March 2012

A YOUTH football team manager is under investigation after racist and homophobic comments appeared on his Facebook page. Hampshire Football Association and the FA are probing allegations made against Steve Clarke, who manages the under-15s squad at Havant and Waterlooville Youth FC. Mr Clarke strongly denies making the offensive comments more...


Ex-BNP councillor is ousted from role

South Wales Guardian | Thursday, 15 March 2012

THE MAN who became the British National Party’s first councillor in South Wales when he took a seat on Llandybie community council has been shown the door by colleagues. Kevin Edwards, who had represented Penygroes since May 2008, was last week disqualified from holding the post of councillor having failed more...


Council orders extremists to rethink route of march

Edinburgh Evening News | Thursday, 15 March 2012

Far-right extremists have been told they must change the route of a planned march through the Capital. The Scottish Defence League (SDL) had proposed its members and supporters would march from St Giles’ Cathedral to the Grassmarket later this year. However, the city council has now told more...


Legal action started over EDL leaflets

Luton Today | Thursday, 15 March 2012

NOTICE of legal action has been served on the leaders of the English Defence League after a leaflet “unlawfully” using Luton Borough Council logos was distributed. EDL leader Stephen Lennon handed out the leaflets outside the Discover Islam centre launch on Tuesday afternoon, alleging Yusuf Bonner, the man originally more...


Racist thugs spat on shopkeeper’s children

Sunderland Echo | Tuesday, 13 March 2012

RACIST thugs punched a shopkeeper and spat on her children during a vile attack. Saly Chowdhury, 31, was subjected to foul abuse, had her hair ripped out and a scarf pulled round her neck. Saly, who owns Hendon Valley Stores, was working at her shop when two men and more...


English Defence League sacks European demo head after brutal taser assault

The Telegraph by Richard Orange | Monday, 12 March 2012

The anti-Islamic campaign group confirmed to the Daily Telegraph that it was demoting Kasper Mortensen, spokesman for the Danish Defence League, only weeks before the Danish arm is set to host the European Counter-Jihad meeting in the city of Aarhus. "For someone in a responsible position such as heading up more...


The Spanish Holocaust: Paul Preston's new book reviewed.

by Sam King | Sunday, 11 March 2012

Nobody has written about the Spanish Civil War quite like Paul Preston. He is the “go to” historian in both English and Spanish. Preston’s ‘The Spanish Civil War’ is already the definitive book for any antifascist who wants to understand the tragedy that was the fall of Spanish Republic. more...


Bristol BNP supporter smashed taxi window and racially abused drivers

Bristol Evening Post | Friday, 9 March 2012

A RACIST thug downed more than 15 pints and numerous shots before abusing Asian taxi drivers and smashing a taxi window. When police asked Jamie Takle how he thought the drivers felt about being racially abused, he replied: "To be honest I vote BNP – what does that tell you? more...


Gainsborough man jailed over anti-Islam images in his flat window

Gainsborough Target | Friday, 9 March 2012

A GAINSBOROUGH man who plastered his front window with vile anti-Islamic hate literature has been jailed for a year. Darren Conway, a self-confessed supporter of right-wing organisations, was given a 12-months' sentence at Lincoln Crown Court. The court was told on Tuesday that carer Conway had covered the front window more...


Far right hardcore 'willing to prepare for armed conflict'

The Guardian by Matthew Taylor | Friday, 9 March 2012

A hardcore of far-right supporters in the UK appears to believe violent conflict between different ethnic, racial and religious groups is inevitable, and that it is legitimate to prepare even for armed conflict, according to a new report. The study, From Voting to Violence? Rightwing Extremists in Modern Britain (pdf), more...


Burnley man admits sending racist tweets to football pundit Stan Collymore

This is Lancashire by Neil Docking | Friday, 9 March 2012

A LAW student from Burnley has confessed to racially abusing ex-footballer Stan Collymore on Twitter. Joshua Cryer, 21, had initially denied leaving a stream of race hate messages on the former Liverpool star’s Twitter feed. But in a brief hearing at Newcastle City Magistrates Court, Cryer, of Coal Clough Lane, more...


American Renaissance Conference 2012

Anti Fascists Online | Thursday, 8 March 2012

In 2010 Nick Griffin was scheduled to be one of the keynote speakers at the Amren Conference but a concerted effort on both sides of the Atlantic managed to get it cancelled. Last year the conference was due to take place in Charlotte but yet again extensive Anti-Fascist pressure from more...


Racist jailed for setting dog on innocent man

Surrey Today | Thursday, 8 March 2012

A DOG owner who set his animal on a man during a racist attack has been jailed. Philip Trapp, 41, subjected his victim, Thomas Matangambiri, to a torrent of racial abuse, before setting his dog, a pit bull crossed with a bull mastiff, on him. Mr Matangambiri, who was abused more...


College tutor suffers brutal attack by racist gang in Whitstable

Whitstable Times by Matthew Collins | Thursday, 8 March 2012

A College tutor was punched to the ground and viciously attacked after his friend was racially abused during a night out in Whitstable on Friday. Norman Maciver, 43, and Sidonio Givandas, 48, had just left the Old Neptune pub after watching a band there, when a group of teenagers approached more...


Gang in mosque attack trial caught on CCTV, court hears

Kingston Guardian by David Lindsell | Wednesday, 7 March 2012

A rowdy, threatening mob that attacked Kingston Mosque with baseball bats and left worshippers inside in fear were caught on CCTV, a court has heard. Nine men accused of the racially aggravated attack on the mosque on November 21, 2010, appeared at Kingston Crown Court on Tuesday, March 6, to more...


Indian man chased, kicked and terrorised by knife-wielding racist gang

The Belfast Telegraph by Amanda Poole | Wednesday, 7 March 2012

An Indian man has told of the terrifying moment he was attacked by knife-wielding racist thugs on the way home from worship. Santosh Chowdhury (55) was walking home from a Sikh temple near his home in north Belfast late on Saturday night when he was attacked by three teenage boys more...


English Defence League member denies ‘Muslim slur’ to taxi driver

by Matthew Collins | Tuesday, 6 March 2012

A MEMBER of the English Defence League (EDL) has appeared in court charged with making religiously-aggravated threats to a Muslim taxi driver. Charles Dickie, aged 23, of Tennyson Road, in Daventry, appeared before Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday where he denied making religiously or racially motivated verbal threats to the driver more...


UKIP out of here! Rowdy right-wing activists barred from pubs

The Mirror by Lucy Thornton | Monday, 5 March 2012

A bunch of arrogant right-wing political activists were kicked out of a string of pubs in a night of shame. The 25 UK Independence Party members were handing out fliers when some apparently went crazy after being asked to leave a quiet boozer. They allegedly began threatening bar staff and police had more...


Hackers Hit English Defence League, Site Offline

Softpedia | Monday, 5 March 2012

The official website of the extremist group known as the English Defence League (EDL) has been taken offline as a result of a massive denial-of-service (DOS) attack launched by hackers.In February 2011, TriCk, the leader of TeaMp0isoN defaced the British far-right organization’s website (englishdefenceleague.org) accusing its members of being extremists. more...


Man 'racially attacked' at Tottenham Hale station

BBC | Monday, 5 March 2012

A father was kicked and punched to the ground in front of three young children in what police have described as an attack "driven by racial hatred". British Transport Police (BTP) said the man, aged 28 and from eastern Europe, was at Tottenham Hale Tube station in north London when more...


Far-right supporters agree with armed attacks

The Observer by Mark Townsend and Richard Orange | Sunday, 4 March 2012

Significant numbers of far-right supporters in the UK consider violence and "armed conflict" a legitimate form of political expression, experts will warn this week. The first audit into the attitudes and beliefs of Britain's rightwing extremists, collated in a report by the thinktank Chatham House, will reveal that there is more...


Three arrested as National Front protesters gather in Heywood

Rochdale Observer | Saturday, 3 March 2012

Three arrests were made at a far right demonstration in Rochdale.About 100 gathered in the Memorial Gardens, Heywood town centre, to hear speeches from National Front members at 1pm today.Some carried placards while others held union flags.The group had then wanted to march through the town centre but their request more...


Man jailed after Bradford EDL protest

Telegraph & Argus | Saturday, 3 March 2012

A father-to-be has been jailed after he was caught on camera throwing lumps of brick or concrete at police lines during violent clashes at an English Defence League protest in Bradford city centre. A judge heard yesterday that 28-year-old Michael Currie was the only person to have ended up at more...


Nazi graffiti daubed on Rugby war memorial

The Coventry Telegraph by Martin Bagot | Friday, 2 March 2012

NAZI graffiti scrawled on Rugby's War Memorial has caused outrage. MPs condemned vandals who daubed permanent black marker on Rugby’s British Thomson Houston memorial. The Grade II listed monument in Technology Drive bears the names of 418 British Thomson Houston workers who died in the First and Second World Wars. more...


Southport KFC worker spat at in race-hate abuse felt “let down” by magistrates dealing with case

Southport Visitor by Rob Pattinson | Thursday, 1 March 2012

A KEW dad-of-two who was the victim of a vile race-hate tirade said he felt “let down” by magistrates dealing with the case. Ian Serajuddy and wife Gemma had hoped an example would be made of hairdresser Sarah Fenney, who admitted racially abusing and spitting at Ian during a drunken more...


Plymouth's top cop 'sickened' as man's leg is broken in race attack

Plymouth Herald | Thursday, 1 March 2012

PLYMOUTH'S top cop said he would defy anyone "not to feel sickened" at a racist attack which left an Iraqi man hospitalised with a broken leg. Chief Supt Andy Bickley was speaking following a police appeal for witnesses to an incident at the Barbican at around 11.15pm on Thursday night. more...


Bill for EDL/UAF day of protest in Leicester is edging towards £1m

Leicester Mercury | Thursday, 1 March 2012

The cost of policing the English Defence League's protest and a counter demonstration by its opponents in Leicester earlier this month could rise to £1 million. Originally, Leicestershire police estimated it would face a bill of at least £800,000 as a result of the events of Saturday, February 4, which more...


Luton and Blackburn councils bid to tackle EDL

BBC | Thursday, 1 March 2012

Councils in Bedfordshire and Lancashire are to join forces to tackle the impact of the English Defence League. Luton Borough Council said it would work with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to investigate the culture of the EDL. EDL and Unite Against Fascism (UAF) supporters both held protests in Luton more...