A group of far-right protesters – Mersey Nationalists – are set to hold a demonstration in Derby Square, Liverpool tomorrow Sunday 9 December from 9am. Counter-demonstrators will be meeting them there. The last far-right rally in the city on 3 November ended when the fewer than ten Frontline Patriots abandoned their efforts in the face of overwhelming numbers of counter-protesters outside Moorfields station. Counter-protesters then reclaimed the streets, marching through the city to Lime Street Station where they then dispersed.
Here is what happened on 3 November:
Groups such as Merseyside Together, Merseyside Anti-Fascist Network, Unite Against Fascism (UAF), Liverpool For Europe, and various constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) as well as city councillors and Mayor Joe Anderson attended the counter-protest.
Sunday’s rally is timed to coincide with a ‘Brexit Betrayal’ demonstration in London organised by newly-appointed UKIP adviser, former EDL leader and convicted fraudster Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (alias Tommy Robinson).
UAF accuses Tommy Robinson and the Mersey Nationalists of whipping up racism, and see it as part of a wider trend of mainstream, right-wing parties linking with fascist organisations.
The name ‘Mersey Nationalists’ is similar to that of a blog last updated in 2012 – Merseyside and Liverpool Nationalists – seemingly run by Merseyside BNP (British National Party). The blog includes posts criticising political correctness and providing information about Paul Weston and the British Freedom Party (BFP). Weston and Tommy Robinson were both members of the BFP, while Robinson was also a member of the BNP and founder of the anti-Islam group, Pegida UK, of which Weston is a leader.
Featured image: ‘Never Again! No to the Nazis’, Unite Against Fascism placard outside Moorfields station during Liverpool anti-fascist counter-demonstration. 3 November 2018. (Credit: Danny Rigg)