The video above shows the EDL being chased around Brighton by anti-fascists today-and the photos give some idea of the massive and oppressive police operation (involving 5 forces) - oppressive, that is, towards the anti-fascist contingent. To the EDL, they could not have been more accommodating, even to the extent of facilitating a further drinking session for them after their march had ended, rather than just getting them out of the city as soon as possible.
Extensive use was made of the notorious Section 14 of the Public Order Act to try to intimidate anti fascists - it didn't work, and we were able to block Queens Road for over an hour. There were however a number of random arrests of activists.
Among the positives of the day -
- the "respectable" veneer of March for England was well and truly stripped away. This was without question an EDL march.
- different anti-fascist groups worked well together.
- although numbers were less than we would have liked, it was really encouraging to see the hostility towards the EDL from ordinary locals.
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