The great tragedy here is arguably a linguistic/semantic one. That the people who are supporting British heritage, culture, traditional values, history and lineages are being referred to as ‘Far right’ or ‘Right Wing’ while those who so far at every turn have used thuggery, blackmail, violent intimidation are being referred to as ‘Anti Fa’ a short name for ‘Anti Fascist’ while in fact these groups have been caught threatening bar owners with violence or arson and other threats if for example, they allowed the BNP to hold a meeting there. The ‘Anti Fa’ attacked one BNP member with a hammer. The ‘Anti Fa so far in every case have actually been the people to use the tactics generally associated with fascism and for goals, such as crushing freedom of speech or diversity of opinion, which are typically fascist goals.
Anti-fascists clash with right-wing protesters in Birmingham
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:25 PM on 05th September 2009
There were angry clashes in a city centre today as right-wing protesters fought with anti-fascist campaigners in a busy shopping street.
A planned demonstration by The English Defence League in central Birmingham descended into violence as the group charged along New Street, close to the city’s main train station.
More than 20 men have been arrested.
Clashes: The English Defence League demonstration in Birmingham today
Police officers hold back members of the public protesting during the event
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‘There were about 250 people in total, fighting and throwing bottles at each other,’ one onlooker said.
The disorder spilled onto the adjoining Bennetts Hill, a street lined with a number of pubs, popular with shoppers.
Dozens of riot police worked to contain the disturbance and a police helicopter hovered overhead.
Anti-fascist protestors clash against riot police in Birmingham’s city centre today
The Anti-fascist campaigners were demonstrating against members of the English Defence League
A police spokeswoman said there had been ‘pockets’ of trouble. West Midlands Police said it would deal with anti-social behaviour or criminal activity connected to the protests ‘robustly’ after a demonstration last month turned violent.
Earlier this week the force, along with Birmingham City Council, obtained an order from the Home Secretary banning protesters from the Bullring area of the city, under section 14a of the Public Order Act.
Under the same legislation, Chief Constable Chris Sims passed an order restricting the protests to two locations – Lancaster Circus and Old Square.
A man holds up a banner during the event, which was accompanied by a strong police presence
A police officer restrains a man as the demonstration becomes violent
But after meeting on Broad Street in the city’s entertainment district, demonstrators proceeded to New Street, around half a mile away, and trouble ensued.
The street, which houses a large number of banks, cafes and chain stores, is a major pedestrian route from Birmingham New Street train station to the Bullring shopping mall.
Contained: English Defence League supporters are herded into a pub entrance
The exact location of the first outbreak of violence is close to the city’s Town Hall and central library.
Publishing details of the protest plans on its website, the English Defence League (EDL) had urged supporters to avoid being drawn into violent clashes.
Members of the English Defence League shout at police and anti-right wing protesters during the rally
A man lies face-down on the ground as police quell the troublemakers
The league claims not to be a racist group and says it has no ties with the British National Party.
It said: ‘As many people are now aware, we at the English Defence League are holding a demonstration in Birmingham on Saturday 5th September to oppose Islamic Extremists.
‘We would like to state that anyone who wishes to cause trouble, or use this demonstration to voice any other issues other than Islamic Fundamentalists, Radical Islam and Sharia will be turned away.
All aboard: Protesters (above and below) are moved by police on to buses during the demonstration organised by the English Defence League
‘We are not a Fascist organisation, and urge anyone who knows of anybody who is intent on causing trouble on the day to contact us.’
The group predicted the demonstrations would be a ‘great day out’, adding: ‘We are confident that, due to the support and communications with West Midlands Police, this looks set to be a great day out for all concerned.
‘We must add that any trouble caused by anyone demonstrating with the English Defence League will be arrested or removed, and could destroy the hard work that has been put in by the English Defence League’s organisers and West Midlands Police and ruin the day for everyone. ‘
A demonstrator displays the logo on his shirt, revealing his alliance to the English Defence League
A police spokeswoman said a group of more than 20 men were arrested for violent disorder on a bus in Digbeth High Street, just outside the city centre.
Officers also arrested a 41-year-old man in Waterloo Street, close to St Phillip’s Cathedral, for the same offence.
The spokeswoman added: ‘Other sporadic outbreaks of disorder have occurred around the Bennetts Hill and New Street area of the city, during which missiles have been thrown.
‘Police officers have been deployed across the city to deal with these outbreaks of disorder and contain them to prevent further disturbances.’
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