Rival Protests Planned for Birmingham on Saturday

Also: Casuals United leader charged with affray

From Unite Against Fascism:

Unite Against Fascism supporters in the West Midlands will be joining the local Muslim community in Birmingham city centre on Saturday 8 August to protest against an “anti-Muslim demonstration” planned that day by right-wing thugs linked to the fascist BNP and promoted on openly Nazi internet sites such as Stormfront.

The racist demo is planned by a group of football hooligans operating under the names “Casuals United” and the “English Defence League”. There was a spate of Nazi and BNP graffiti in the local area after their last outing in Birmingham on 4 July.

The site links to a blog post by me, in which I investigated crossovers between the EDL and the BNP – although I should add that I have never drawn wider inferences from the instances I noted.

Meanwhile, Jeff Marsh (whom I blogged here, and who does not have any far-right links) complains of police harrassment on the Casuals United website:

As you probably know, the powers that be decided to lift me from  outside a pub where a scuffle was occuring which was nothing to do with me, arrest me for nothing, then when they got me to police station they advised me that I was being arrested for incitement to religious hatred in reference to some videos I had on youtube.

They held me for 24hrs wouldnt let me speak to my wife at all, pulled my house to bits, damaging a lot of books in the process and have now bailed me after charging me with this ridiculous affray charge.

Marsh’s YouTube channel is now closed, and he has “dropped out of organising [the protest] due to police betrayal”. Instead, he has handed over the event to a young man named Wayne King, who has been involved with protests in Luton. He adds that

if everyone who says they are coming turns up we should have close to a thousand people, including many football lads, and normal people of all races will be present. After this the loony left will find it nigh on impossible to keep calling us nazis, or even racist. Job done. The sooner these apologists for terrorism shut up the better.

Further down, we are assured that

 Casuals United and the Defence Leagues are non political, non racist, non violent protest groups, and anyone is welcome to get involved.

Anti-extremist Muslims, though, might be put off by the “Infidel” baseball caps (available for 15 quid); the old “Casuals United” Facebook page carried the slogan “We are the Infidels”. Further, the group takes the view that most immigrants are terrorists:

the traitor Alan Johnson wants to keep letting immigrants, most of them terrorists or sympathisers into this country…British people must make a stand and the scum that have allowed our country to get in this state need to be told.

We have no chance of removing islam with rodents like this in power. This man is in charge of immigration control and openly states that he doesnt care how many people come here. No, well he wont be on the train when the next bomb goes off, so why should he care?

The main “Casuals United” Facebook page has now gone, and instead around 30 new pages have been established, named for various football clubs and identified by their banners. The blurbs contain statements that include “Nazis go to HELL, BNP GO TO HELL and NF go to HELL”. However, as I blogged here, some far-right elements have apparently promised to show up, welcome or not.

By the way: if the Portsmouth banner is unfurled on the protest, I fear that some unhappy confusion may ensue…

Portsmouth Crescent

10 Responses

  1. Good. Theyre just a buncha racist thugs. If they were just protesting against extremists, they wouldnt have made such a big deal about a Muslim that wanted to join. Its on their forums.

  2. why do people keep using the word racist ??? this is not a racist problem its to do with the right of speech ,why are the preachers of hate allowed to say and do as they please ?? yet when ever any one makes a statement against these people,they are classed as racist ? this is why this country is falling to bits with all these so called do gooders, think before you star shouting racists im a nationolist , i love my country i have no problems with any one, just think what you are saying, and look what others are saying

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  4. You may just want to check out what happened to the left-leaning people who sided with the islamics who deposed the Shah in Persia/Iran. You might,perhaps, chose your friends more carefully!

  5. How can marching against the threat of extreme islam be racist when Muslim are of all race and colours? Why are the marchers BNP and thugs? When its UAF that attack people including MEP’s? Somewhat reporting with a political agenda it would appear.

  6. @”Me”
    it’s not true that they are racist. Our lot are members of their FB groups and haven’t had any problems.

  7. […] King; Jeff Marsh of the Welsh Defence League had been an organiser of today’s protest but he recently announced that he was handing over to King following police harrassment (Marsh was arrested a few days ago […]

  8. These anti fascist demonstrators joining the muslims have no idea what fascism truly is. They should look to mussolini and his definition, I would wager he would of had more of an idea.

    And so the dialect is played out, the antithesis to this synthesis
    and you will ALL feel the wrath as a consequence.


  9. […] by Richard Bartholomew Last summer, Jeff Marsh of the Welsh Defence League and Casuals United explained how “police betrayal” had led to his arrest, just because he was standing up to Muslim […]

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