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Ukip's New Anti-EU Posters Decried As 'Racist' And 'Inaccurate'

Ukip posters that decry "foreign labour" and call on voters to "take back control of our country" have been condemned as racist and bigoted by several political opponents.

But leader Nigel Farage dismissed the criticism of his immigration-centred Ukip poster campaign as wails from the "chattering classes" and said the posters were "a hard-hitting reflection of reality".

Labour MP Mike Gapes said they were "racist" and appealed to "all decent British Commonwealth and EU citizens" to register to vote in May's polls.

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 17:21

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Sidney the Torquay Nazi’s latest tribute to terror

For a number of months we’ve been covering the activities of the obsessive far right Torquay troll known as Sidney the Nazi.

Sidney kept being banned by local newspapers from posting comments abusing just about everyone, so breaking the rules he signed up to.

He also had a tendency to use deeply offensive Nazi-associated pseudonyms – coded messages aiming at the intimidation of minorities & for reaching out to other fascists.

Amongst many other pseudonyms used by Sidney were:

Ku Klux Klan; Waffen SS; Chrystal Night; Bonehead; Zyklon B (the gas used by the Nazis to murder around 1.2 million people); Blitzkrieg; Skull & Crossbones; 10538 (10/5/38 was the day Jews in Nazi Germany had their passports invalidated); Adele Hitlist etc etc.

Last December our favourite Nazi launched PATH ‘People Against the Herald‘, a “campaign aimed at liberal newspapers and middle class pseudo Marxists”. A planned visit to the Herald Express Offices – “I’m filling the bottles with petrol now, ready for the trip” – attracted the interest of the local Police and the UK’s security services.

For the past few months Sidney has been absent from the comments sections of local papers. However, it looks like he’s back. Indeed, those of us who thought the fascist troll couldn’t sink any lower have been quickly proved wrong as Sidney appears now to be writing under the pseudonym of ‘Anita Anders’.

Going on Sidney’s past record, local community leaders believe this new pseudonym to be a reference to Anders Breivik, the perpetrator of the 2011 Norway terrorist attacks.

On 22 July 2011, Breivik bombed government buildings in Oslo, killing eight people. He then killed 69 more people, mostly teenagers, in a mass shooting at a youth camp on the island of Utoya. On the day of the attacks, Breivik electronically distributed a text entitled ‘2083: A European Declaration of Independence’, describing his far right ideology.

In August 2012 Breivik was convicted of mass murder, causing a fatal explosion, and terrorism, and was sentenced to 21 years in prison and will likely remain incarcerated for the remainder of his life.

Of course, Sidney’s approving references to a terrorist mass murderer with a fixation on guns and bombs has again attracted the attention of those tasked with the preservation of law & order in Torbay…

Credit: The People's Republic of South Devon

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 23:21

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Five charged after street protest linked to English Defence League

Five people have been charged in connection with a street protest linked to the English Defence League (EDL).

Edward Scovell, 43, of Donnington Gardens, in the university area of Reading, has been charged with one count of racially or religiously aggravated harassment and one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

Julie Anne Worthington, 35, also of Donnington Gardens, has been charged with two counts of racially or religiously aggravated harassment and two counts of using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour. Rory Rowbotton, 22, of Hartmead Road, Thatcham, Gary Hazel, 38, of Forsyth Gardens, Bournemouth, and Robert Brammer, 50, of Hayward Close, Totton, were each charged with one count of racially or religiously aggravated harassment and one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:22

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Thor Steinar: Outfitter To The Extreme Right Opens in London's Jewish Neighbourhood

London's Finchley neighbourhood, the heart of the city's Jewish community, now hosts a clothing store associated with Europe's Neo-Nazis.

Thor Steinar, the favoured brand of extreme right wingers in Germany, has opened a shop in north London called the Viking Thor Shop.

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Have these protesters been criminalised, despite the case against them being dismissed?

On Monday the trial of five anti-fascists facing charges relating to an anti-BNP demonstration on 1 June last year ended in farce as the Crown Prosecution Service turned up at court without its key witness, who was on leave. The judge refused the CPS an adjournment and in the absence of any evidence, the case was dismissed.

This outcome is an important vindication of the five protesters, but it will not undo the many stressful months spent on bail preparing for a trial, and a possible criminal record. Ironically it has also deprived the defendants of an opportunity to put the policing tactics on that day under scrutiny. The court would have heard that 59 people were arrested: many of them held for hours on pre-booked buses, transported to various police stations around London and finally dumped on the streets in the early hours of the morning, sometimes with no means to get home. Bail conditions also barred many from participating in protests against fascist organisations until a legal challenge saw this dropped.

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