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Antifa v Nazi BNP 28 7 2012 ¡No pasarán! Alerta! Antifascista!

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Published on Jul 30, 2012

Anti-fascists turned out to keep Scotland Nazi-free on a day when the BNP had been planning a big demonstration in Glasgow. Originally the police had given the so-called British National Party permission for a demo in Glasgow on 28th July 2012 but then cancelled permission close to the planned date. However, there was always the possibility that the fascists might turn up in an attempt to march illegally, so members of several anti-fascist, anti-racist and progressive organisations guarded the streets to prevent them marching should they dare to show their face. They assembled near the top of Buchanan Street with placards bearing anti-racist slogans such as "Unite against fascism. Nae Nazis in Glasgow. Celebrate diversity. Keep the BNP out of Glasgow.", "Asylum-seekers welcome here" "Keep Glasgow Nazi-free". Some Green Brigade and Celtic supporters were there with Celtic colours and some people from political parties and trade unions were there. There was some chanting such as "the BNP is a Nazi party. Smash the BNP!" Then some BNP were spotted at the bottom of Buchanan St with Union Jack flags so Antifa charged down the street challenging the BNP with the song "C'mon, c'mon! Antifa hooligans!" As it so happened there was a paltry turn-out from the BNP which consisted of 2 or 3 members holding two Union Jacks. The police got worried and ordered people over to the other side of the street from the neo-Nazis and physically pushed some people who passed too close to the BNP and one guy nearly went flying. The anti-fascist protesters continued to chant slogans like "Alerta! Alerta! Antifascista!" and sing anti-fascist songs such as "¡No pasarán!"and waved placards and the flag of the international brigades who fought against fascism in the Spanish civil war. Police horses with riot visors were used in what was quite a small space in the pedestrianised shopping area full of Saturday shoppers visiting the city centre. The police kettled the anti-racist demonstrators for a long time and searched people before they would let them go, causing a lot of discontent in the process, especially when the kettling lasted so long that one diabetic man had a hypo. Some arrests were made. Meanwhile, further up Buchanan street there were some more family-friendly scenes such as multi-cultural music and dance at a small anti-racist rally.

As for the rest of the BNP who did not turn up in Glasgow, some of them including their leader Nick Griffin decided to target another area and travelled to Dalkeith in Edinburgh to jump on the sex-offender band-wagon to take advantage of the populist vigilante-type mentality promoted by the tabloid newspapers, since a convicted rapist who had served their time in jail was to be rehoused in the Dalkeith area and the BNP wanted to stage a demo against them being re-housed there. The British National Party in common with many gangsters, heroin-dealers and murderers try to redeem their reputation by inciting hatred and vigilantism against sex-offenders in an attempt to be seen as champions of the victims and thereby win the popularity vote. Which is a bit rich coming from Nick Griffin considering that he has been accused of sexual harrassment and several women who were BNP supporters allege that there has been pressure put on them to sleep with the BNP leader and when they didn't they were subsequently cold-shouldered. Protesters turned out in Edinburgh to confront the BNP and some of the demonstrators were anti-rape groups which proves that victims don't want BNP thugs in suits claiming to speak for them or "do them a favour". At the Dalkeith demo, scenes turned ugly when the BNP started brawling and fighting with the police.

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