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An estimated 15,000 have marched to counter a far right rally in London

FROM 12/09/2018 | DAZED

BY Thom Waite

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Counter-protesters have gathered today to oppose a Tommy Robinson-led, Brexit-based Ukip march in London. Groups opposing the far right, such as Unite Against Fascism and Momentum, are leading the opposition march with backing from figures such as Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

In a Twitter video, political commentator Owen Jones pointed out that the number of counter-protesters vastly outnumbered the amount of pro-Brexit marchers, claiming 15,000 people expressed their opposition, while there were only an estimated 3,000 supporting Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon).

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Owen Jones🌹

@OwenJones84

A day of total and utter humiliation for Tommy Robinson and British fascism

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Ellie Jarvis@elliejarvis1234

Bit awkward that the rally has outnumbered whatever cause he was pretending to care about

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Other opposition groups that joined the counter-demonstration include Stand Up to Racism, Socialists Against Antisemitism, and the Feminist Anti-Fascist Assembly, who held a banner reading: “The enemy doesn’t arrive by boat. He arrives by limousine. No to fortress Britain.”

Feminist Anti-Fascist Assembly@Feminist_AntiF

Our militant and joyful feminist bloc of women, queers and migrants saying from hijacking sexual violence and the Brexit crisis to scapegoat migrants ✊

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Nadia Ahufinger@Nadiahufinger

stands up to fascism, racism and sexism. Fascism never again.

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Socialists Against Antisemitism@SocialistsAgai1

A number of people from our newly formed group were present at the to send a clear message to Tommy Robinson and his minions that we will stand up against his racism and islamophobia!

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Both sides of the protest seem to have been fairly heavily policed, with marchers contained and rerouted. Reporter Laura Silver criticised the use of violent and hateful imagery in the original protest, describing a man carrying a noose and telling the Evening Standard it is what Theresa May “deserved”.

Laura Silver

@laurafleur

Pictures from the Brexit Betrayal March. (credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images). Live feed shows pro-Brexit protesters and anti-Brexit counter-protesters clashing at the edges. Former shouts “snowflake” in response to latter’s shout of “racist scum”.

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Laura Silver

@laurafleur

A sign showing a stabbed Theresa May from the pro-Brexit march in London, and a man carrying a noose told the evening standard it was what May “deserved” https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-betrayal-march-live-updates-as-thousands-to-attend-tommy-robinsonbacked-march-days-before-mps-a4012406.html#post-1149979879  Violent language/imagery should be nowhere near sensible political debate (photo AP Photo/Tim Ireland) pic.twitter.com/INKj3XF1tg

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James B@piercepenniless

Demo starting – heavily policed, perhaps more so than they have been recently.

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Paul Mason

@paulmasonnews

We’re marching today – Leave or Remain – tomorrow will not belong to UKIP

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Bath Against Racism@bathantiracism

We’re among large group of at today’s march against in London today. Some have been kettled in before being rerouted to join the main counter-demo

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