Fascist BNP run out of town by the people of Liverpool

Yesterday (2nd October), members of the British National Party who tried to hold a stall to promote their fascist agenda in Liverpool City Centre were met with angry protests by local people and quite literally ran out of town.

Two weeks ago, when the BNP tried to hold a stall in the City Centre, they were met with massive, spontaneous resistance. As a result, last week they retreated to their stronghold in Huyton, but today they tried once again to claim the streets of Liverpool for the far-right. What a mistake that was.

As two weeks before, phone calls and text messages saw local antifascists mobilise in opposition. And once again, their ranks were swelled by great swathes of the public, particularly young people.

By one o’clock, there was a large, noisy protest under way, held back from the fascists only by a police presence.

The BNP responded by telling people to “fuck off you Irish bastard,” screaming “commie” and calling protesters “paedophiles,” including a Trade Union official. They also gave out racist abuse to black and Asian people who objected to their presence.

Police didn’t respond to complaints that they were breaking the law with their abusive behavior and language, and instead decided to start arresting people protesting against the BNP on the most spurious grounds!

The number of protesters steadily increased, with locals screaming, shouting, and singing at the increasingly agitated fash. It was only the presence of the police which allowed them to stand their ground, but their recruitment efforts were stopped and the day turned into a war of attrition.

Whilst chants rose up, activists from Liverpool Antifascists gave out several thousand leaflets to largely receptive passers-by.Some people did angrily reject the leaflets – only to come back and apologies when they realised we weren’t BNP! We also received genuine thanks from people for the work we were doing. Scores of people also passed on contact details and expressed an interest in joining the fight against fascism in Liverpool.

Where this event differed from a fortnight ago was that people, predominantly younger, returned with their mates to laugh and have a go at the BNP.  It was a scene to remember as the fash were completely surrounded by good, decent Liverpool people, venting their anger and outrage that these scumbags had dared to appear in our City Centre.

Liverpool is a genuinely multicultural city. Our population come from a wide variety of mixed backgrounds, and make up one of the friendliest and welcoming cities in the world. Here, the colour of your skin and where you come from doesn’t mean squat, and the BNP’s attempts to stir the mire are not welcome here.

The day became the centre of attention for shoppers and visitors to our city.  Many people from different countries, Spain, Norway, Sweden, China, the US, France, stopped for a chat and took our leaflets. They congratulated us for our efforts and agreed that these scumbags belonged to history.  The only reason that the fascists were able operate was due to the heavy police presence.  When I say “operate,” I mean to stand there and look stupid.  They managed to do this very well.

Once again, a number of people who knew BNP activist and former Quiggins owner Peter Tierney from old raised questions about his sanity. Rumours are circulating about his mental health and the idea that he joined the far-right following a breakdown.  He did little to dispel this wwhen he took to marching up and down, ringing a bell, and grinning maniacally at the antifascist crowd.

By 5 o’clock the crowd of people objecting to the BNP’s presence on our streets had grown even larger.  Masses of younger people of all colours joined the demo, many getting in the face of the fascists who had turned up on our streets in an attempt to divide us.

Their activists responded by squaring up to teenagers and youngsters. Andrew Tierney at one point broke ranks to chase a young girl, only to be physically restrained. One fascist shoved a man holding his young daughter in has arms. And Jamie Luby was seen telling the same young girl to find him in O’Neills if she wanted to fight him.

Andrew Tierney: antifascists are "now fair game."

But the threats didn’t work on local people. Even children, some no older than eleven, stood up to the thugs. At one point, they jumped on a raised podium to block Andrew Tierney’s view of the girl he had been shouting at when he tried to take a picture of her.

As dusk approached, there were a couple of explosions close to the BNP.  One exploded on the BNP’s stall table, collapsing it. Another exploded within the ranks of antifascists. The result was to make a number of protesters move away from the demo. there were many older people proteting against the BNP as were a number of people with young children; explosions in a closed area were therefore at best unwise.

Whatever the motives, Liverpool Antifascists cannot condone the act. We have found great success by educating people as to what the BNP are and only advocate the use of force in self-defence. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured. Peter Tierney hurt his foot, though given his previous violence against antifascists, we don’t have much sympathy.

The thrower of the fireworks, a silly and incendiary act, was not identified.

By this stage the BNP were looking decidedly ruffled.  Having given up on their attempts to recruit people, they resorted to their usual tactics of trying to intimidate people with clenched fists and abuse.  Most telling was Andrew Tierney’s threat that – because an unknown individual had thrown fireworks – everyone who opposed the BNP was now “fair game.” Organiser Mike Whitby also promised that when they took pictures of those opposing the BNP, they would end up “on a site far worse than Redwatch.”

This shows that the BNP have far from outgrown their violent roots, and that they are still more than willing to intimidate and attack opponents. As Peter Tierney, of course, showed us when he picked up that camera tripod. But today it didn’t work.  It was clear to everyone present, and people passing by, that the BNP are not welcome in Liverpool.

The grand finale came when the fascists decided that they’d taken enough abuse for one day and started getting their stuff together. It was like something out of a television drama.

Mike Whitby: pictures of anti-BNP protesters "will end up on a site worse than Redwatch."

They complained to the police about the behavouir of the protesters, but the BNP were the target for derision by respectable people for very good reason. The fascists had to rely on police protection to save them from the wrath of local people.  Many of the police present were not comfortable with the job of protecting fascist scumbags, but nobody forced them to join the police.  Any sympathy for them in this situation had been eroded by the arests of anti-fascists on the flimsiest of pretences, whilst abuse by the BNP was always conveniently overlooked.

The day finished off with a spectacle that will live forever.

Having got together their bits n’ bobs (and the £3.46 that they’d managed for their full days campaigning), the BNP were allowed to bring cars into Church Street. A line of police blocked them from the opposition as they got in, still mouthing off and offering threats.

Under heavy police escort, they managed to edge their way foward behind a convoy of police vehicles.  But an enormous crowd, now well over two of hundred strong, surrounded this sorry spectacle, hurling abuse at the huddled group of fascists hiding behind their police minders. They were chased up Church and Lord Street in a scene reminiscent of the old westerns. The fascists were literally ran outta town.

‘Don’t come back soon’ was the message.  Liverpool is a fascist free zone and its people intend to keep it that way.

¡No Pasarán!

Turned up at abot 11.30am. Fash setting up stall. I had leaflets, only liveraf supporter there so I got busy. BNP attracting public to stall and attracting older people under guiise of ‘anti-war’. Immediate hostility from fash, cameras, abuse etc but not deterred, distributed leaflets explaining who bnp are and what they really are.  Good response.  More anti’s arrived within half hour. BNP closed ranks, looked uncomfortable. Another half hour passed, good anti campaign under way. Credit to swp, very vocal. Liveraf was the only proper leaflet, getting good effect.
Public started to gather, attracting more anti support. Come 1. 00 clock large, niosy protest under way, police presence.  As the day progressed more liveraf supporters arrived distributing leaflets and talking to public, encouraging people to stick around, which they did. BNP getting isolated and recieving abuse of gen public. They responded by telling people to’fuck off you Irish bastard’, screaming ‘commie’ and calling protesters peadophiles, including a TU official. Curiously, the police refused  to intervene when clearly the bnp ‘master race’ were clearly breaking the law with these allegations.  A complaint will be going into Mside police about this.  The bnp  were also giving out racist abuse to black + Asian people who objected to their presence. Police didn’t respond to complaints that they were breaking the law with their abusive behavior and language and unfortunately decided to start arresting people protesting against the bnp on spurious grounds. No’s of protesters increased, mostly gen public screaming abuse at fash who became increasingly agitated. Needless to say, their aim of recruitment now becoming a battle of attrition, only being able to stand their ground due to heavy police protection; the BNP ‘s attempt at respectability failing abysmally.  Liveraf supporters and other anti fash distributed some 3000 ‘liveraf’ leaflets to the gen publc, mostly well recieved.  About one in a hundred made adverse comments and refused  our leaflet but I can live with that considering most people gladly took them and shook our hands and made very positive comments. Scores of people signed up for Liveraf  to oppose fascism in our City.
The difference about this event was that people, predominantly younger, returned with their mates to laugh and have a go at the bnp.  It became a scene never to be forgotten as the fash were completely surrounded by good, decent Lpool people venting their anger and outrage that these scumbags  dared to appear in our City Centre.  Lpool, a proper mulicultural city, with our population of mixed backgrounds who get on very well together where skin colour doesn’t mean diddly, and yet here were a group of nazis trying to stir the mire.
The day became the centre of attention for Lpool shoppers and visitors to our City.  Many people from different countries, Spain, Norway, Sweden, China, the US, France, stopped for a chat and took our leaflets, congratulating us for our efforts and agreeing that these scumbags belong to history; no place for racism in todays world.  The only reason that the fascists were able operate was due to the heavy police presence.  When I say operate I mean to stand there and look stupid as no-one was taking their material.  They managed to do this very well.  If prizes were to be awarded for stupidity then they’d have got a first.  A number of people confronted the BNP members face to face telling them exactly what they thought of them.  Once again, a No of people who knew P. Tierney from old questioned his sanity and given that rumours are circulating about his mental health.  Not an unreasonable question when the individuals who he was standing with created a bizarre spectacle.
Another bnp stalwart, when asked where his swastika was boasted that he had it tattood on his arm!  Obviously not confident to display it though as it would’ve given the game away to the nature of their true politics.
By 5.00 clock the crowd of people objecting to their presence on our streets had grown even larger.  Large groups of younger people, of all colours joined the demo. This surely proves that the ideology of the bnp is never going to be accepted by ordinary people.  Lpool people don’t care about skin colour or religion;  they recognise that its unimportant in the world of today.  Liverpool is a truly multi-cultural society where everyone joined in to torment the fascists who’d dared turn up on our streets in an attempt to divide us.
As dusk approached a couple of explosions amongst the bnp caused a mixed reaction.  While the motives may have been good, the result was to make a No of anti-bnp protesters move away from the demo.  Bear in mind that there were many older people proteting against the bnp as were a number of people with young children; explosions in a closed area therefore were probably not the best tactic.  Liveraf supporters prefer to educate people to what the bnp are and felt that under the circumstances the fireworks were unneccessary and possibly had a negative affect.
By this stage the bnp were looking decidedly ruffled.  Having given up on their attempts to recruit people they resorted to their usual tactics of tring to intimidate people with clenched fists, abuse and of course the never ending photo’s to try to frightem people.  It didn’t work.  It was clear to everyone present, and people passing by, that the bnp are’nt welcome in Lpool.
The grand finale came when the fascists decided that they’d taken enough abuse for one day and started getting their stuff together. It was like something out of a television drama.  They complained to the police about the behavouir of the protesters as though they themselves were somehow respectable people.  Anybody who knows anything about the bnp will know that respectable they’re not.  A bunch of violent racsits trying to peddle their filth is anything but decent and everyone present knew it, not to mention their criminal convictions.  The BNP were the target for derision by respectable people for very good reason; the fascists had to rely on police protection to save them from the wrath of Lpool people.  Many of the police present were obviously not at all comfortable with the job they’d been tasked with this day of protecting fascist scumbags but from the point of view of liveraf is that nobody makes anyone join the police.  Any sympathy for the police in this situation wasn’t helped by the fact that a number of anti-fascists were arrested when most people present felt that the scummy fascists should be the ones in the back of the police vans.
The day finished off with a spectacle that will live forever.  The bnp, having got together their bits n bobs and the £3.46 that they’d managed for their full days campaigning, were ushered into their cars by the police; cars that were allowed to enter a pedestrianised area in town.  Surrounded by the good people of Lpool, under heavy police escort, they managed to edge their way foward following a convoy of police vehicles.  A huge crowd , maybe a couple of hundred, surrounded this sorry spectacle, hurling abuse at the huddled group of fascists sitting tight with their police minders.  I’ll never forget the scene as they were chased up Lord Street by hundreds of anti-fascists letting the world know that the bnp aren’t welcome in Lpool.  Reminiscant of the old westerns, the fascists were literally chased outta town.  ‘Don’t come back soon’ was the message.  Liverpool is a fascist free zone and Lpool people intend to keep it that way.
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36 Responses to “Fascist BNP run out of town by the people of Liverpool”
  1. cookie! says:

    Hopefully they won’t be back for a while after that!

  2. Anne says:

    I worked in Blackburn on Sat, the B.N. P. had a trestle table and about 10 people gathering signatures to”get our boys home from Afghanistan” I could not see any organised opposition to them? They were situated in the crossing point between the old market and the new Mall, a busy area, it took me 10 minutes to work out how to accidentally trip over the trestle table…

  3. Marmite says:

    Excellent coverage of the events. I totally agree about the stupid sod who threw fireworks. It is dangerous and completely unnecessary. We have the moral high ground and we have the BNP on the run. It would be extremely difficult to sink to the level of the fascists, but things like that are definitely a step into the mire.

    I’m getting distinctly long in the tooth these days, so it was heartening to see so many young people rallying to the anti-fascist cause. I used to fear that once my generation was gone, the atrocities of the Nazis would become buried in history and forgotten about, and an important bulwark against the resurgance of fascism would be lost. On yesterday’s showing, that is not going to happen. Not for a great many years at any rate.

  4. Shoveler says:

    Excellent article, and well done to everyone who opposed the fascist BNP on the day.

  5. Mark says:

    When do the Scrotes campaign in Huyton?

  6. Anti-FascistProtestor says:

    Saturday was a normal day for me, going into town with a group of my friends for some fun. When as we walked through church street, we realised what was going on. We Stopped, and at first we we’re just laughing at these scumbags and how anyone could take them seriously. We didn’t chant at first, because of the reputation that these people have of being intimidating violent creatures, i use the word creatures because they aren’t humans, in my view and many others. However when a man came over to me and my friends with a child and said to them, ‘ignore them, they are just teenage slags who don’t know what they are talking about’. I could understand if i had actually said anything to provoke him but i hadn’t, yet and I assure you all, i am far from a slag.
    A woman who was stood next to me said, ‘Ignore him, he’s gullible enough to believe their lies about getting our boys home. Join help the heroes if you want to get them home. Not these liars’ I completely agreed. Then i began to get angry as who you’ve named as ‘Andrew Tierney, began to point at a group of young girls who were just watching. He was laughing with a small woman wearing double denim and an a ray of badges saying to the young girls, ‘Get that off your head, you shouldn’t be wearing that! Go home we don’t want you here in Liverpool!’ That seemed to me like a blatant show of racism.
    We then got tired of hearing their snide remarks and unintelligent shouts through their pound land bought megaphones. So we went to get some lunch.
    When we came back we saw that around 50 more people had joined in the Anti-Fascist protest. By this time i was stood with Five friends, all of them as passionate as myself. One of my friends got so angry that he began shouting at one of the men because he was shouting ‘You irish bastards!’ after i added ‘and irish’ onto the end of the chant ‘we’re black white and asian and we’re jews, and we’re gay!’
    An older woman was stood by their rickety table mouthing off as though she was one of the rowdy teenagers she most probably complains about. Turns to me and says ‘your too young, your far too young’. I simply said to her, as patronizing as i could, ‘You know nothing, i may be young but i am far more mature than you’ I proceeded to shake my head at the deranged old woman. As Marilyn Manson said ‘This is the culture you’re raising your kids in, don’t be surprised if it blows up in your face.’ Jamie Luby recognised me and my friend from earlier on when we stood around and said to us ‘You’re still here? isn’t it past your bedtime?’.
    I then saw Mike Whitby point directly at me and my friends, proceeding to march toward us with a police man in tow. Then he spoke to me and said are you a part of this protest, to which i said ‘yes’ and the police man moved us over about a foot.
    We left again and came back around an hour later, by this time the crowds of anti-fascist protesters had grown massively. The crowd had gone from being a small group of around 20, to now over 100.
    I witnessed children of less than 12, chanting ‘BNP!’ walking around with their idiotic signs. I heard a teenager of approximately 15 shout, ‘you can’t say it yourselves so you get children to! How pathetic’ I could not agree more. I believe that children are never born homophobic or racist. How dare they brainwash children.
    Mike Whitby, Andrew Tierney, Jamie Luby and the others were now getting quite obviously infuriated. Mike Whitby took several photographs of me and my friends, on a few of them i didn’t want my face plastered on their horrendous magazine, so i hid my face. When i told the police that i didn’t want my photograph taken by strangers, they told me there was nothing they could do. So we took pictures of them back, i have one of Mike Whitby looking crazed and one of Andrew Tierney shaking his fist at a young woman.
    I could go on and on about the things that were shouted at me and the abuse i heard and received, however i don’t think these scumbags are worth my time and effort.
    After saturdays events i have to say i am very proud to be a scouser!
    I am also extremely proud of myself for standing up for what i believe in, i now have more faith in the public and police. I now have the knowledge that it doesn’t matter that I’m only 16, it only matters that i will never be a shallow, immature, idiotic, bigot.

  7. Stan Fitton says:

    Freaks and goths only supported you lot.Come to Huyton you pricks.

  8. Alfie North says:

    As a veteran anti-fascist against the NF in the late 70’s I’d like to add my well done to one and all.

    ¡No Pasarán!

  9. Manc Antifa says:

    Keep it up run em out’a town whenever and wherever they show their faces leave em scurrying off like the sever rats they are No Pasaran!

  10. Fran says:

    Can anyone remember the red headed Irish man who ask to speak thru the Mic….he said….The BNP…and then Paused and then continued are a shower of cunts…smash the BMP…lmao….he was really funny had the whole place laughin…even a few police couldn’t help but laugh..

  11. Stan Fitton says:

    I will personally inform you when we are in Huyton and Kirkby then we will see who is “ran out of town” do not think we wont be back in Liverpool city center either.

    • Kit Conway says:

      I think Stan’s teddy bear has concussion. Nasty little racist thug. Same time next Saturday? We could probably double our numbers as you are in danger of becoming a freak show tourist attraction (the bell ringing by poor, mad Tierney was brilliant!).

    • terence says:

      well said. keep up the good work ,bring our troops home NOW.just the tone of these people on here makes you wonder what planet they are from >

  12. Brummie antifascist says:

    A complaint needs to be put in to the independent police complaints commision as yet again the BNP were doing the same sort of thing as I have seen at many an NF march in the Seventies…and allowed to get away with it whilst we antifascists were castigated. Through organisations like this and the local Race Equalities body (who always like to keep a good relationship with the police) their biased actions can be brought to account in front of the good council tax payers of Liverpool. Fair policing….my arse! But still, the Scousers didn’t let the little Hitlers win the day and sent Whitby back to Wrexham sulking!!!! Good on you, antifascists of Liverpool!

    Inciting racial hatred is ILLEGAL, don’t know that, don’t join the police!!!

  13. paige says:

    hahah theres me in the background with me primark bags haha!! oh i cant believe i was stood there for 5/6 hours!! i dont no why they went in the 5 minutes of them bieng there , cudnt they see they wernt wanted????!!!!

  14. Ray says:

    Any further counterprotests in Liverpool needs to emphasise not only the credo of BNP ‘ayatollah’ John Tyndall but the activities of Stop The War Coalition, whom people like myself who want to see troops out of Afghanistan and an end to this conflict can join…and promotes the idea of peace rather than that of racism fascism and Aryan (not British) nationalism.

    Then the BNP’s false argument will vanish into the ether…

  15. Ray says:

    “Many people do not think it is safe to admit that Hitler was right. But times will change.”

    “Racial laws will be enacted forbidding marriage of Britons and non-Aryans”

    and (rather surprisingly…)

    “Democracy drives our youth onto the streets, the Jew comes along and seduces them (then going on to have a rant at ‘pop’ music!!!)

    All came from the mouth and pen of BNP founder John Tyndall and the driving force for the party that you see today.

    For a nazi-free Europe

  16. 777 says:

    PLease don’t tell me that people were chanting

    ‘we’re black white and asian and we’re jews, and we’re gay!’

    That is really sad.

    Well, the BNP’s sudden surge will fizzle out soon enough, however the attention they get from antifascists may spur them on to believe they are actually doing something.

    Stan, do keep us all informed of your actions…that way you can be run off the street wherever you turn up.

  17. Marmite says:

    Anyone who’s looking to be creased up with laughter should read this absurd account of the manifestations on Saturday.

    http://liverpoolbnp.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/the-price-of-patriotism/

    Just about says it all. The BNP are happy to be intolerant of Asians, Black people, Muslims, gays, travellers, the congenitally sick and disabled, socialists, anarchists, students, liberals, believers in political correctness, and every other identifiable social group they don’t like. They are quite happy to admit violent thugs, Nazis, Fascists and bigots into their ranks. But just let any decent respectable citizen pause long enough to utter one word of condemnation against them and see what happens.

    • terence says:

      are you for real tony Blair and the axis of evil have massacred thousands yet not a sound from the likes of .they have devastated this country yet not a squeak from you. yet you get on what you think is your high horse and condemn people you no soothing about ,with exaggeration and out rite lies . traitors like you need to be dealt with as the traitors in France where dealt with ,after my family liberated them from the Nazis. to call the BNP nazi .is to call the axis of evil murderers rapist pedophiles although there is a lot of truth not fiction in the axis of evil..BNP guilty of thought crimes nothing else. The people who vote BNP have every rite to do so without fear or intimidation. The road you are heading down will bring you real grief and many more besides.

      • Phil Dickens says:

        they have devastated this country yet not a squeak from you

        Erm, sorry. Where was the BNP again when the left were organising millions of people to protest against the war? The cuts? The attacks on the working class?

        Oh, that’s right. You were serving their agenda by repeating the rhetoric that they and the mainstream media spew out about immigrants in order to lead people up a nationalist blind alley.

        Try again.

  18. cookie! says:

    Gotta love the way the BNP don’t seem to allow any comments that don’t support them on any articles like this :|. Anyone know where they’ve uploaded these photos?

  19. Manxman says:

    The trouble is antifascists are nearly always middle class students who have no idea how white working class communities have been affected by mass immigration, globalisation and liberalisation of policy towards crime and criminals. Anti fascists fantasise about being working class communist revolutionaries and completely ignore the fact that socialism / communism has been reponsible for many many millions more deaths and slaughter than National socialism. The only reason we have mass immigration is to keep big business happy so that they can have cheap labor, and because nations are an inconvenience for them in their quest for globalisation. Furthermore it appears that those protesting against the BNP always fall into the trap of behaving in a more fascist manner than anyone else and inadvertedly helping to maintain the system of capitalism they pretend they want to destroy. These are real issues which put the left in a very uncomfortable position and require a bit of looking in the mirror I think.

    • Phil Dickens says:

      The idea that everyone who’s an antifascist is middle class or a student (and one doesn’t imply the other, by the way) is false. It may hold in given organisations, but not across the board. Myself and the other members of LiverAF who write on this site, for example, are working class and definitely not playing at class struggle.

      Have a look around the site, and you’ll see your arguments have been dealt with countless times before.

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