An anti-fascist campaigner has been charged after clashes involving police and thousands of protesters in Bolton.
It seems quite ironic that for some time now in the EDL Vs UAF face offs, it has been the UAF that has been getting increasingly violent, with 55 out of the 65 arrests made at the protest coming from the Unite Against Fascism group.
Odd when you consider the make up of the two groups of antagonists.
I will beat you until you submit to my viewpoint
The EDL (English Defence League) seem to mainly be made up of football fans/thugs and although predominately white, from the pictures seem to include people of all colours.
The also predominately white, UAF, appears to be made up of the young, old and one would think decent, if not misguided members of soceity, rather than the all day pub dwellers of the EDL. Yet with each protests the UAF are becoming increasingly violent, even against the police:
‘Today in Bolton we have seen groups of people, predominantly associated with the UAF, engaging in violent confrontation. It is clear to me that a large number have attended with the sole intention of committing disorder and their actions have been wholly unacceptable. Turning their anger on to police officers, they acted with, at times, extreme violence and their actions led to injuries to police officers, protesters and members of the public.’
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, from Greater Manchester Police
Scathing remarks from the police and not what you’d expect from the anti-fascists, but something that seems to be becoming increasingly common amongst the left leaning, ‘I am right no matter what..’ brigade.
First they scream at you, then they attack you for not coming around to their way of thinking.
Bennett, predictably, had a lot to say on his release, he didn’t actually say that the police were a bunch of racists, but that is certainly what he implied:
“I have been to more than 200 demos and never been arrested. There is no evidence against me. This is not a good sign for democracy. Officers came up to me as soon as I arrived and said they would arrest me. They are hostile to anti-racists and there needs to be an investigation. Police neutrality needs to be questioned.”
Yes, his noble stand would have perhaps carried a little more weight had he not added No Retreat, a book about confronting Fascists and their supporters with violence, to his Amazon wish list just a few days ago.
Clearly with 55 arrests, some kind of violent action had been planned, and he has been charged with Conspiracy to Organise Violent Behaviour.
I’ve long been suspicious of this organisation, they seem to crop up everywhere, and claim to be protesting on everyone’s behalf and claim to have decent aims. Yet each time they get an outing they appear to be nothing more than a rent-a-mob.
The group removed a wreath that was laid at a War Memorial on Annual Holocaust Memorial Day, because they didn’t agree with the person that had laid it there (a BNP Councillor). They then justified this by stating that they don’t approve of Fascism.
One of the UAF protesters at Bolton was an 89 year old war veteran, clearly unaware of the UAF habit of removing wreaths from war memorials.
If their aims are noble, their means clearly are not and I hope this is the beginning of the end of Weyman Bennett’s misguided mob.