Brighton braced itself for the annual influx of far-right extremists on Sunday as 140 'patriots' turned up to March for England.
March for England is both an event and political group who attend many of the far right English Defence League's demonstrations.
The last time EDL News wrote about the group was when they tried to protest against the Argentine Embassy and got the wrong building and the wrong street.
The group go to great pains to explain that the event is a family day out but that is far from the truth with the English Defence League invited last year and very few children present.
Portsmouth based March for England organiser, Dave Smeeton, said members of the group were not racists and had no links to EDL, but added that he had previously taken part in EDL protests. In fact Smeeton aka Pompey Dave is the English Defence League's regional organiser for the Portsmouth area.
According to reports from Brighton, about 140 far-right activists have turned up and were heavily out numbered by local people protesting. One protester said "Brighton has a long and proud history of opposing fascism in the City. They claim they are marching for England but they are not marching in my name or many others in Brighton".
The Brighton Division of the English Defence League recently held a demonstration in the town centre where they were booed by shoppers. Seven members turned up, half of them fled the scene, two were arrested and the remaining stood their ground with police protection. They went on to con £50 from an Israeli student who thought he was donating to the EDL cause and spent the money on alcohol.
Despite Smeeton claiming that the march is not an English Defence League march, one of the founding members of the British Freedom Party - The EDL's political wing - Michael Wood, confirmed on Twitter that it was. Wood was last week caught tweeting his admiration for the actions of Anders Behring Breivik.
One MfE marcher and EDL member, Ben Weald was not so impressed with the lack of welcome they got in the city when he posted his sarcastic Facebook status:
The 'patriots' we outnumbered by about 4-1 by people who did not want them in their city. Four people were arrested for public order offences including the EDL's Brighton Division member, Prest Harris.
Many claims were made that bottles were being thrown at the EDL and a nine year old girl got injured. EDL News wonders what sort of responsible parent would subject their nine year old girl to a far-right demo when they are guaranteed to end in violence.
Looking into the claims, EDL News has been passed a video that suggests that the EDL were throwing bottles.
At 2:03 you see silver, possibly cans being launched from EDL side.
This was shot before they clashed with anti-fascists. They threw first missiles. They provoked the situation.;sns=fb
Also, MfE thoughtfully posted us a link from the police report and there was no mention of a nine year old girl being assaulted which suggests that once again the EDL are using young children for political gain.
When Sussex Police were asked directly, they stated that there were no children reported injured which suggests the EDL made it up.
Many complaints are being made about the way the marchers got treated by the locals and the EDL have threatened to hold a demo in Brighton which, if it goes ahead, will ensure there is even fiercer opposition.
If the 'March for England' was not an EDL demo we are unsure why the EDL are getting upset about it as it was not a secret that the people of Brighton were going to oppose their fascist ideologies ferociously.
Any doubts that this was not an EDL demo were dispelled by the endless EDL chants coming from the crowd.
Several of the participants we observed to be sieg heiling and many of the city's pubs refused to serve the 'patriots'. They ended the day kettled by police and none of them stayed in the city after the demonstration had ended.
Angry posts have been made by the EDL's Ossett Division member, Simon Scott who has threatened to return to gun down the residents of the city for opposing their fascist ideology.
We have met Simon Scott before on these pages when he threatened to pour petol over and burn any Muslim who tried to sit next to him on the bus to Plymouth where he was meeting up with girlfriend and Ebay fraudster, Hayley Wells.
Mike Domican, a member of the EDL's Football hooligan wing, the Casuals also chimed in with threats:
It was not surprising that the EDL and MfE resorted to making threats after being humiliated, it is another example of towns and cities across the UK joining up to oppose fascists and violent thugs. As we have seen many many times, they arrive uninvited and when they are chased out, they have to resort to making violent threats.
All pretence that this was a family day out was dropped when Prest Harris, a member of the EDL's tiny Brighton Division posted this on Facebook after being arrested.
Lets hope lessons have been learned and the EDL/MfE have finally realised they are not welcome in Brighton or anywhere else.
The English Defence League's football hooligan division, The Casuals, have obviously not got the message and have announced they will be returning to Brighton on the 2nd June. That should end well.
Convicted football hooligan, Jeff Marsh announces that they will be going back to Brighton. Marsh was jailed for two years for stabbing two Manchester United fans.
We will leave you with a screenshot of arrested EDL member Prest Harris
'Rosa' Told Malatesta her thoughts of the day:
For a national demo the March for England attempt today in Brighton was rubbish. I have only 1 word to say: utter humiliation. There were about 70 odd 'patriots' there who were outnumbered at least 10 to 1 if not more by antifascist protestors and completely surrounded by plod. If the police had not been there then the MfE would have been very worried indeed. Plod from Sussex needed help from Hampshire, Thames Valley and Surrey as they obviously cannot handle the workload and so a load of money was spent on outside forces' overtime for which I am sure the locals will thank the local chief constable.
The march was to set off at 12 but they didn't get going for ages and after antifascists blocked the road, the march was rerouted and stopped at least twice through militant action. Local anti-fascists outran plod who, being bussed in from elsewhere like the MfE, didn't know about all the alleyways that criss-cross the town (and thanks to the mob flying the AFA flag for looking after me). After the march was redirected the MfE were halted (I don't know what the street was) and then came under fire from bottles, crates, cans and anything else that came to hand. Sadly, plod took the brunt of if it and I wish to apologise on everyone else's behalf for that. The MfE finally got to their site at 1.40 by which time they looked hopelessly lost, massively outnumbered and bereft of all their bravado – which basically consisted of shouting 'who are you?' and 'fuck off' for a couple of hours. They were then penned in totally surrounded for a couple of hours. We nicked off to the pub for a beer and then headed up to the station by which time plod shepherded the MfE onto the station concourse and everyone waved goodbye.
So, massively outnumbered, march delayed for at least 40 minutes, then stopped, then redirected, then stopped again, then bombarded, then humiliatingly protected by plod as they did their stupid speeches and then chaperoned rapidly back to whence they came. Result? I doubt it!
To read about the EDL's last disastrous stand in Brighton click here.