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Southend: fascist group holds anti-mosque protest

Southend: fascist group holds anti-mosque protest

Britain First, the far-right group led by former BNP members Jim Dowson and Paul Golding, held a protest today outside a residential property in Southend which it is claimed has been used by the Jaafriya Islamic Welfare Centre for religious functions without planning permission.

As is often the way with these things, the controversy that led to the demonstration (end even provoked outrage among Islamophobes as far away as New York) was first stoked up by the mainstream right-wing press, in this case the Daily Mail.

Southend Council has served an enforcement notice on the owners of the property which takes effect in February 2013. In the meantime, the council has been in negotiations with the Jaafriya Islamic Welfare Centre to try and find a suitable alternative location.

Which you might have thought would provide a solution both to the local residents who have complained about noise and parking, and to the Muslims who need an appropriate space for their religious activities.

But this isn’t good enough for British Freedom. “Negotiations!”, a statement on their website exclaims indignantly. “An alternative location! Pander to Islam time and time again more like.”

British Freedom called their demonstration under the slogan “Close down the illegal mosque!“. However, this was obviously just a pretext for another exercise in anti-Muslim hate propaganda. As their banner shows, what BF really objects to is the building of any mosque anywhere in Britain.

BF called on “all patriots” to join their protest, and according a report on their website “volunteers from kindred organisations”, including the English Defence League, responded to the call. They even claimed “massive support from locals”. As you can see from the photo, this didn’t prevent the demonstration attracting a derisory turnout.

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  • Jim Lewis

    Assimilation? Has this guy been watching too much Star Trek? Does assimilation mean individuals can’t pursue religious freedom? Fascism indeed.

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    @ Bob:

    They all look the same to me 😀

  • Bob

    There’s a couple of glitches in that article, where Britain First is mistakenly referred to as British Freedom, which is a different organisation. So many far-right groupuscules, so difficult to tell them apart!

  • Xithurel

    Just image the time they wasted being soundbites when they could have been spending that time looking for a job or getting a hobby.

    Shame really, because while they were standing out in the cold acting like intoxicated clowns, people were at home snug and warm drinking coco and singing carols – or getting employed.

    These losers never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

  • @mindy1

    If people like them would just stay home and watch TV all day, in their spare time, instead of doing stuff like this, the world would be a better place.

  • mindy1

    If people like that focused their energy on more important things, we could save the world

  • Matt

    You know there is a logic problem if naming calling is used in the title of the story. So the people of Britain must accept Islam or they are fascists? Why?

    If any nation does not employ immigration standards and does little or nothing to force assimilation, then that nation is in trouble. Here it is Britain, but the logic applies to every nation on the planet. And that is just one reason why the West as a whole is in serious trouble.

    If you are a Muslim then you won’t like it, but the people that don’t want a mosque are in no way fascist.

  • @Emperor

    I was under the impression that the BNP was declining and going away for good, for a brief awhile. Too bad I was wrong.

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