TUC’s Alec McFadden has police protection after threats
The following story comes from the Liverpool Echo, photos have been added by Liverpool Antifascists.
A LEADING trade union activist was under police protection after far-right extremists posted threats against his life on a website.Alec McFadden, a prominent member of the TUC and anti-fascist campaigner, said he feared a second attack after being nearly blinded in 2006 by a knife-wielding thug at his Wirral home.
He alerted Merseyside police – who said the threats were “unacceptable” – after discovering a doctored image of himself on the website of the English Defence League’s Merseyside branch.
It used a picture of Mr McFadden taken in Liverpool city centre when BNP leader Nick Griffin was in town.
Mr McFadden, 63, arrived at the BNP gathering in Church Street to join forces with anti-fascist campaigners, but was still holding a placard from an earlier anti-coalition cuts demonstration to coincide with the Lib-Dem conference.
But the image was doctored so the placard read “protest against our homecoming troops” rather than “protest against Lib Dem betrayal”.Comments were since posted warning the trade union stalwart he is a “scumbag” and a “marked man”.
Mr McFadden said: “As soon as I saw it, I got onto the police who advised me about security at my home and places of work.
“They surveyed my house and police cars passed every hour.”
The Merseyside EDL could not be contacted.
A police spokesman said: “Threats of this kind are unacceptable.”
Comment: Since this story came out, the EDL Merseyside Division have issued a statement claiming that the image “was all over the Internet on the same day it was taken” and they merely reposted it. As well, they “find no such threats, threatening his life.”
However, the thumbnail above comes from the homepage of Pablo Carpo, the person who signed the statement. His coment, attached to the picture, is as follows;
GET ON THIS CUNT, IN MY FUCKING TOWN, ANYONE SEE’S HIM DROP THE FUCKER PLEASE, YOU HAVE MY FULL SUPPORT. FUCKING SCUMBAG. THE CUNTS NAME IS ALEC MCFADDEN, IS UAF
Clearly, this is not merely anger at what people have seen in the image. Not least because it takes a heavy degree of personal indoctrination not see – immediately – that it is a doctored image. Hence why comments such as “if however the Image has not been doctored we believe that Mr Alec McFadden is breaking the law under section 320 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003: Offence of Outraging Public Decency” are half-baked idiocy.
The EDL’s claims to be peaceful, non-threatening, and to have only one thing on their agenda (i.e. militant Islam) are garbage. Like all fascist groups, it is using lies and aggression to attack the organised workers movement.