Far-right Britain First rally in Belfast sparks aggression and arrest
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Monday August 07 2017
The far-right and Islamophobic group Britain First held a rally in Belfast on Sunday, sparking counter-protests, violence, and arrest.
The Britain First rally had been organized to coincide with a republican parade marking the anniversary of British internment without trial in Belfast.
During his rally speech, Britain First leader Paul Golding predicted that there would be a “civil war on British streets” caused by Islam and immigration.
Golding’s fellow party leader Jayda Fransen claimed she would organize protests against new mosques being built in Northern Ireland, the Guardian reported.
During this statement from Fransen, a man lobbed a missile into the crowd. Riot police took action and arrested the man.
Riot police also had to separate Britain First supporters from a group of left-wing anti-Nazi demonstrators (‘Belfast Says No to Fascism’) who were staging a counter-demonstration.
In response to the tension at the rally, Gerry Carroll of the left-wing People Before Profit party commented about Britain First, “We have enough divisions in Northern Ireland without these fascists getting a foothold here in this society. They are only here to ramp up these divisions even further.”