This story is a few days old, but we think it should be covered in an attempt to expose the local EDL activists fascist tactics. (Please note that we only rely on the truth, we will not make assumptions. Pictures published here are done so in the name of public interest. We think it is only fair to expose people who have shown willingness to attack political opponents or carry out racist attacks. We are not interested in receiving addresses – and we certainly won’t publish them. We are not ‘as bad as them’).
Since Portsmouth EDL capitalised on the public anger following the murder of Lee Rigby they have attracted a lot of new support that has seen them again try to poison the minds of working class people. Luckily some of those who joined the Portsmouth EDL on their first big meeting up on Fratton Road a few weeks back, were horrified by what they saw (the racist verbal abuse of little Asian kids playing in a park and Nazi salutes towards the police and the Mosque). One person was so disgusted with the behavior of these so called patriots they provided us with a pretty decent insight into the apparent workings of the group.
We were told that word had come down from the leadership (through regional organiser Mickey Bayliss) that Hope not Hate are doing a speaking tour of the UK, and each EDL division is expected to disrupt the one in their area. This is exactly the kind of thing Hitler’s Nazi party did in the beer halls of Munich in the course of them seizing power. It’s an attempt to silence all opposing voices. It seems like the more openly fascist elements within Portsmouth EDL tried to trick their followers into disrupting the local SWP (Socialist Workers Party) meeting, by telling the foot soldiers who don’t seem to question anything, that the SWP meeting was a cover for Hope not Hate. Needless to say it was not, and based on the fact they sent someone from Portsmouth EDL to disrupt the Hope not Hate meeting in Southampton the same night, they were well aware the SWP meeting in Pompey had nothing to do with it.
So at short notice we pulled together about 20 anti-fascists and set off to the SWP meeting expecting trouble. What we found was a bit of a surprise – four EDL blokes sat outside, one with a big camera – all looking slightly worried. Here’s some pics of the four:
What followed was slightly surreal – an attempt was made to find out what they were doing there, and both sides were given the chance to speak. We doubt that if 20 EDL had found four of us they would have provided the same courtesy, but that’s what makes us reasonable people. Unsurprisingly the debate turned into a farce, Jacob kept the crowd amused with quotes such as “I’m not a racist I’m a racialist”, and Ben and his friend got a few people feeling sorry for them as they came out with arguments that are a result of far right brain washing and lazy journalism – “immigrants are higher on the list for council houses” – Yea, because the council are allowed to discriminate against whites?? Think about it lads.
The Socialists managed to have their meeting, and the anti fascists remained outside until the fascists had left. There were no fisticuffs, it felt like a victory. It was an hour later we got word from the Southampton Hope not Hate meeting that a Portsmouth EDL member had been removed by police after frothing up at the mouth about communists. The meeting was apparently attended by about 25 elderly people and town councilors. Obviously violent undercover communists.
What we were surprised at is that the four we spoke to did not come across as violent Nazi’s, Jacob (although admitting he is a fascist) was at pains to say he is completely peaceful, Bayliss and the other three looked as though they listened, and did allow people to speak to them. Some people probably left thinking there is hope for the human race yet….Until we had a Look what local EDL lout Chris Bright was sat at home posting on facebook….
That’s right, all the peaceful shit straight out the window – and we only got to believe it for about 2 hours. Chris Bright publishing the address (deleted here) of a local activist advocating violence – Paul Thompson wants to do it on the 29th, and Tony Mitchell would rather pay someone else to do it. More proof if needed that they are just a bunch of violent extremists. Are Portsmouth EDL going to kick these people out? Of course their fucking not! We are now left to wonder if everything the above four said was just to wriggle out of a spot of bother?
We don’t work with the pigs, but after this article has done the rounds it may be Chris and Tony getting a knock at the door from the OB. Well done lads, maybe lock your facebook pages down eh? Genius.