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Press and the Framing of Some Communities: We are hosting a film, directed by the ex-Star Journalist, Richard Peppiat, on how some newspapers frame and highlight communities. Some of these stories play upon stereotypes and Richard's film highlights the gross excesses of some papers in their desire to be sensationalist and to sell more copies. Come and join us for this showing which will also have a question and answer session with Richard Peppiat, Daisy Cooper from 'Hacked Off' and the Director of Faith Matters, Fiyaz Mughal OBE. You can reserve your space for the showing here.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 April 2016 16:35

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Far right demonstrators at Golders Green war memorial

Nine far right activists held a supposed “anti-Shomrim” demonstration at the war memorial opposite Golders Green Underground Station from 1345-1415hrs on the afternoon of Saturday 2 April. (Shomrim is a Jewish neighbourhood watch group.) The demonstration was extremely small, but it occurred near the heart of one of Europe’s largest and most vibrant Jewish communities, so will come as a shock to many Jews, and indeed to all those who oppose antisemitism and racism. In particular, it is sickening to think of these thugs demonstrating at a war memorial for those who died fighting against Hitler and Nazism.

The demonstration occurred on the Jewish Sabbath, meaning Police were in attendance and CST was securing our Jewish community. Other than the actual demonstration, CST is not currently aware of any antisemitic incidents having been reported at this time. Similarly, CST is not aware of any arrests having occurred. 

The origin of this particular demonstration is that far right activists had applied last year to hold the same event in Golders Green on 4 July, but this was moved upon Police instruction to Whitehall (see here). The decision to move last year’s proposed demonstration was highly unusual, and occurred following much concern, publicity and controversy surrounding the planned event. This included CST and many of our communal partners voicing strong opposition, as well as the planning of anti-fascist protests in opposition to the demonstration. Now, the demonstration appears to have occurred upon very short notice and with little or no attendant pre-publicity. It included two well-known activists, Jeremy Bedford Turner and Bernadette Jaggers.

It is not, however, the first time that such a group has demonstrated in this way. Last year’s 4 July demonstration was preceded by a similar event three months earlier on 18 April in Stamford Hill, another large and thriving Jewish community in North London (see here). On that occasion, the demonstration was restricted by Police and counter-demonstrators to an area well away from the Jewish community. The Stamford Hill demonstration arose from antisemitic social media postings by Joshua Bonehill, an attention seeking provocateur who was recently sentenced to 3 years and 4 months imprisonment for his actions. That is the direct antisemitic cause for this demonstration in Golders Green: but there remains a far deeper reason, known by Jews and all decent minded people.

Credit: CST

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Searchlight reports from the UKIP spring conference in Llandudno

UK Independence Party (UKIP) Spring Conference

Llandudno, 27 February 2016

Attendance: 700 

Theme: Let’s Go!

 

UKIP have 1 MP, 3 Peers, 22 MEPs and 500 Councillors 

UKIP membership: 40,000 in 300 branches

Young Independence (YI): 4,000 members

UKIP Students: 2,000 members

The following organisations had stalls at the conference: Christian Soldiers in UKIP, Better Off Out (BOO), Bruges Group, The Freedom Association (TFA), Grassroots Out (GO), Vote Leave and Young Independence (YI)

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 00:38

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Wirral man charged after shocking clashes at right wing rally

A Merseyside man arrested after trouble flared at an extremist rally has been charged with violent disorder and grievous bodily harm.

Peter Atkinson was one of 17 people questioned by police following dramatic scenes between right wing groups and anti-fascists in Dover.

Kent Police has now confirmed the 46-year-old, from Wirral, will appear in court next month to face the allegations. 

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Group to sow seeds of peace with roses as EDL march

HUNDREDS of red roses with messages of peace will be handed out by diversity supporters when the English Defence League hosts a rally in Preston city centre this weekend.

Preston and South Ribble Trades Council and United Against Fascism is hosting a diversity event – One Preston, One Community - on the Flag Market from 12pm-2pm.

The event will coincide with the EDL’s planned demonstration.

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