Neo-Nazis National Action plan second Liverpool march after humiliation at Lime Street Station
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson says he will oppose march – and will seek powers to ban them
Anti-Fascist demo in Liverpool. Police escort White Man March protesters into the back of Lime Street Station.
Neo-nazis who were chased out of Liverpool after hiding in a left luggage office in Lime Street station from protestors say they plan to return to the city.
Far right protest group National Action were forced to cancel their so-called “White Man March” through Liverpool city centre following a huge backlash by anti-fascist campaigners.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson had been speaking at one of the rallies held in the city centre and today said he was not surprised to hear they planned to return.
He said: “It does not surprise me that they would want to try and do that.
“I’m looking to start a petition asking MPs to support an amendment to the localism bill to give mayors and council leaders powers to stop marches, and for them to have to appeal to the Home Secretary, a reverse of the current situation.
“Based on the level of violence that occurred in the city – I am convinced there would be more violence if there was another attempt by them to march. I imagine they would return with more people next time.”
Mayor Anderson believes a second march could be a recipe for violence between neo-Nazis and rival anti-fascist campaigners, something he is not prepared to tolerate on the streets of Liverpool.
He said: “Clearly they [National Action] will be intent on antagonising the situation to try and create violence and I’m not going to allow that to happen… I think it’s a cocktail for more confrontation and violence and I’m not prepared to have that on the streets.
“I’m not going to allow the city of Liverpool to be used as a flashpoint for either side.”
Two anti-fascist protests took place yesterday. Crowds gathered from 11am to hear speeches at an event organised by Unite Against Fascism, where Mayor Anderson suggested local leaders should have the powers to block marches held to support extremist views. Supporters then marched to Pier Head at midday.
A separate protest organised by the Anti-Fascist Network met from 11am at St Luke’s before taking their demonstration to Lime Street Station as members of National Action arrived in the city.
Then hundreds of protesters surrounded suspected members of the white supremacist group inside Lime Street Station and pelted them with water bottles, eggs and bananas – leading them to be locked inside a lost baggage facility at one point.
Mayor Anderson said he was not aware that a formal application had been made for another march by the far right wing group, but said: “I will be appealing to the Home Secretary [Theresa May] to ban the march.
“We will face down intimidation and threats to people in this city. We will seek to it banned.”
The march organisers tweeted “National Action @NA_NorthWest 14h14 hours ago WHITE MAN MARCH III in two weeks, in Liverpool… 29/08/2015 #WMM”
From The Liverpool Echo . 16.08.15. Report by Liam Murphy.
Liveraf Comment. Well don’t that beat all. National Action arrive in Liverpool to find themselves so impossibly outnumbered that they’re forced to cancel their march. Then they end up trapped in a left luggage office before being ignominiously escorted back on the train and sent packing to whichever rat holes they crawled out of. Now they want more.
Well, come hell or high water, whenever they choose to march, we’ll be ready for them. No way are the good people of Liverpool going to allow a bunch of racist, Jew hating, Hitler loving holocaust revellers to sully the streets of our great city. The rats in the sewers are more welcome than that lot.