Anti-fascist activists in Rotherham, South Yorkshire of England, are to stage a demonstration this week against the racist rally of the English Defence League (EDL).
Yorkshire and Humber Unite Against Fascism (UAF) has organized a public meeting and a counter-protest against the planned march of the far-right EDL group in Rotherham town on Saturday.
Members of anti-racist groups along with local trade unions and community groups will support the anti-fascist demonstration, while a low turn-out is expected for the rally of the racist group EDL, whose almost all members are coming from outside the town.
“Everyone will stand together in unity against the fascists. My own union PCS is supporting us on their website,” said Sheffield PCS rep Martin Hickman.
“They [the EDL members] are going to do everything they can to provoke an incident. Marching right next to a mosque, you couldn’t have a worse act of provocation.”
In August, the anti-racism campaign group Hope Not Hate warned that Britain is “not immune” to the threat of far-right terrorism, expressing concerns about the possible occurrence of a similar Norwegian mass murder in the UK.
Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian far-right extremist, was sentenced two months ago to at least 21 years in prison for killing 77 people in a bomb attack and gun rampage in 2011.
Revelations were made about Breivik’s links with the far-right EDL in Britain, as it was reported that just an hour before committing the massacre, Breivik emailed leaders of right-wing extremists in the UK, saying the killing was to protect Europe from being “overwhelmed by Islam.”