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SDL and anti-fascist demos peaceful

Press Association | Saturday, 29 September 2012

Rival protests by a far-right group and anti-fascists have passed off peacefully, police have said. The Scottish Defence League (SDL) held a static protest outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, while Unite Against Fascism organised its own counter-protest. Police said that around 60 people attended the SDL event, which lasted more...


EDL protest in Walsall: One arrested after missiles thrown at police

Birmingham Mail by Jonny Greatrex | Saturday, 29 September 2012

Police clashed with members of the English Defence League during protests in Walsall town centre today.During speeches given by leaders of the EDL, the crowd surged towards police lines on Leicester Street.Officers with riot gear used batons and shields to hold back the demonstrators.Scores of missiles - including bricks, bottles more...


Infidels Arrested Over "Kidnap" Video

by Simon Cressy | Friday, 28 September 2012

Two men have been arrested following a video that was posted by the North West Infidels allegedly showing a kidnap of an unknown man. The short video was posted on Facebook on Wednesday the 26th of September and featured an unknown "victim" who was tied up and gagged in the more...


English Defence League members distribute anti-Islam pamphlets at Margate mosque

Isle of Thanet Gazette | Friday, 28 September 2012

HOPE NOT HATE NOTE: PAT RIOT MENTIONED IN THIS PIECE IS REALLY GARY MILSOM FROM MARGATE. Police were called to keep the peace after English Defence League (EDL) demonstrators targeted Muslim worshippers outside Margate mosque. Two men handed out anti-Islamic propaganda before Friday prayers last week, angering some members of more...


BNP member Michael Coleman spared jail term

BBC | Friday, 28 September 2012

A British National Party member and former Stoke-on-Trent councillor has received a suspended jail sentence for using racist language online. Michael Coleman, 45, of Caverswall Road, Weston Coyney, had denied two counts of racially aggravated harassment. The charges related to racist language used in two articles on his website between more...


Man stabbed in head, neck and chest in Birmingham screwdriver attack

Birmingham Mail | Thursday, 27 September 2012

A man nearly died after being repeatedly stabbed in Birmingham during what police are treating as a race hate crime. The 27-year-old victim was knifed in the head, neck and chest with a screwdriver and was left lying critically injured in the middle of a road. It happened sometime between more...


English Defence League sets date for first march in Norwich

EDP24 by Tom Bristow | Thursday, 27 September 2012

The English Defence League will hold its first march in Norwich this November, citing a decision to ban a Christian bookstall as a reason for the demonstration. Police confirmed they had been approached by the EDL about the protest for Saturday November 10, although a route is more...


Righting the wrongs of my rightwing stepfather

The Guardian by David Brindle | Sunday, 23 September 2012

When Anthony Perry received an inheritance from a racist parent, he decided to use some of it to make amends Michael Young was an extreme right-winger and racist who devoted much of his life to propagating a skewed form of biblical fundamentalism. In the estimation of his stepson, Anthony more...


'Racist' badges sold outside Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

The Jewish Chronicle by Sandy Rashty | Thursday, 20 September 2012

Badges displaying antisemitic slogans were reportedly sold at a stall outside the Emirates Football stadium, the north London home of Arsenal football club, during the match against Southampton last Saturday afternoon. The offensive badges, which allegedly stated “F*** off Yids”, were being sold by two men on the corner of more...


No charges brought over race hate mail arrests

The Northern Echo by Gavin Engelbrecht | Thursday, 20 September 2012

Five men arrested in dawn raids by counter-terrorism officers on suspicion of posting race hate material will not face any charges, The Northern Echo can reveal. The suspects – including two men from the North-East – were detained in April when dozens of plain-clothed and uniformed officers swooped on several more...


Fear of far-right cyber threats turning violent

Yorkshire Post | Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Experts monitoring the internet activity of the far-right warn of a worrying call to arms from frustrated splinter groups is soon to spill on to the streets – with West Yorkshire the area of greatest concern in the country. The Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks (MAMA) campaign, which was launched by Secretary more...


Far-right ideas: Britains's generation gap

The Guardian by Matthew Goodwin | Sunday, 16 September 2012

Just how receptive are British voters to the policies of the far right? The collapse of the British National party, and the failure of the English Defence League to connect with a wide audience, has led some to conclude that British voters, unlike their European neighbours, are somehow immune to more...


Electoral Commission fines the British National Party for late delivery of 2010 accounts

| Sunday, 16 September 2012

The Electoral Commission has fined the British National Party a total of £2,700 for the late delivery of its statement of accounts for 2010. There were two fines. The first fine of £1800 was imposed on the central party for its failure to provide accounts by the deadline of 7 more...


South West Durham men with links to English Defence League fined over racist chants after Middlesbrough game

The Northern Echo | Saturday, 15 September 2012

A group of men linked to the English Defence League have been fined for chanting racially motivated abuse after attending a football match. The six, from south-west Durham, were found guilty of shouting highly inflammatory chants at Middlesbrough railway station. Yesterday, more than 50 members of the far-right organisation gathered more...


Šefčovič overhauls funding for pan European politics

New Europe by Andy Carling | Friday, 14 September 2012

The political landscape of Europe is to dramatically change as new rules are about to be introduced for the financing of pan-European political parties and their associated foundations or think tanks. In 2012, 13 Europe wide groups of political parties received €31 million from the European Parliament. One small change more...


BNP supporter Margaret Walker accused of sending racist letters

Daily Echo by Bathan Phillips | Friday, 14 September 2012

A Hampshire grandmother should be barred from writing letters that made recipients feel “physically sick”, a court heard. Margaret Walker, 73, has admitted penning approximately 500 letters and sending them around the country – to MPs, pubs, businesses, parish councils and individuals. Fareham Magistrates’ Court was told that the letters more...


Chinese family may leave Coleraine home after race hate attack

Belfast Telegraph by Deborah McAleese | Friday, 14 September 2012

A Chinese man and his young family may leave their home after he was violently beaten on his doorstep by a racist gang. John Wu was being treated in hospital yesterday for head, face and eye injuries sustained during the unprovoked attack outside his Coleraine home on Tuesday night. The more...


Is the EDL's Tommy Robinson heading for a breakdown?

The Telegraph by Jake Wallis Simons | Thursday, 13 September 2012

The English Defence League is having a difficult time. Two weeks ago, a rally outside the town hall in Walthamstow, north-east London, was thrown into disarray. Supporters en route to the event were obstructed by demonstrators from groups such as Unite Against Fascism and We Are Waltham Forest, who staged more...


Candidate branded ‘unfit’ over vow to remove hate crime from police agenda

Yorkshire Post | Sunday, 9 September 2012

A CANDIDATE for police commissioner has provoked anger by saying he would want to abolish the concept of hate crime. Godfrey Bloom, UKIP candidate for Humberside Police, said: “If I’m elected commissioner I will not give policing priorities to any cultural or social minority who claim they should have more...


BNP activist Adam Walker avoids prison

The Northern Echo by Gavin Engelbrecht | Saturday, 8 September 2012

A BNP activist and former teacher who drove after three boys on bikes who he believed had been cheeky to him avoided a jail sentence yesterday. Adam Walker pursued the terrified boys in a Land Rover 4X4, coming within yards of a collision. And when they fled on foot he more...


Man charged after ‘Oslo-style’ Facebook bomb attack threats to Muslims

Shields Gazette | Thursday, 6 September 2012

A man is due to appear in court after messages appeared on Facebook threatening an “Oslo-style” bomb attack targeting Muslims in South Tyneside. Kenneth Graham Holden has been charged with two counts of sending offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing messages or matter, and will appear at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court more...


Stoke-on-Trent BNP leader Michael Coleman in court over 'racist' blogs

Stoke Sentinel | Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Stoke-on-Trent's BNP leader posted racist articles on a website including claims the city was being 'flooded with Muslims and blacks', a court heard. Former city councillor Michael Coleman has gone on trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court accused of racially-aggravated harassment. The 46-year-old was reported to police after two blogs more...


Extremists in bid to march through city

The Scotsman | Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Far-right extremists have applied to hold a march in the city centre only months after a similar parade needed a massive police presence to keep rival protest groups apart. The Scottish Defence League (SDL) said it had applied to hold a procession from East Market Street to the Scottish Parliament more...


BNP punk singer ‘Mish Bondage’ claims colleagues smeared her online as ‘devious slut’

Edinburgh Evening News | Wednesday, 5 September 2012

A punk singer and former BNP employee has claimed jealous colleagues in the right wing political party smeared her online as a “devious slut”. Michelle Harrington – also known as Mish Bondage – worked in Edinburgh for Andrew Brons, a BNP member of the European Parliament. Mrs Harrington, the singer more...


EDL gang in court over Leeds pub attack

Yorkshire Evening Post | Tuesday, 4 September 2012

A gang of English Defence League supporters caused terror when they attacked a pub as an anti-racism rock concert was being staged. Nine members of the gang were handed community sentences yesterday (Sept 3) after a court heard how windows and doors were smashed as bricks and bottles were hurled more...


Police praised after Scottish Defence League's rally passes off peacefully

STV | Monday, 3 September 2012

Around 200 police officers have been praised after a peaceful rally between rival protesters in Dundee. Officers from across Scotland were drafted in to help Tayside Police keep around 70 to 80 Scottish Defence League supporters apart from a counter-demonstration by anti-racism and anti-facism campaigners, operating under the Dundee Together more...


British far-right extremists voice support for Anders Breivik

The Guardian by Mark Townsend | Saturday, 1 September 2012

A number of rightwing British activists have publicly praised mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik – one describing him as a "role model" – since the Norwegian extremist was sentenced. Members of the English Defence League (EDL) and the National Front have voiced support for the 33-year-old, who was declared sane more...


WALTHAMSTOW: Police make arrests as far-right march turns violent

Waltham Forest News by Katie Bamber | Saturday, 1 September 2012

A march by the far-right English Defence League (EDL) escalated into violence today after thousands of anti-fascists turned out to stage their own counter-demonstration. EDL supporters had planned to set off from Blackhorse Road station in Waltham Forest at 1.30pm, before heading to Forest Road and staging a rally in more...