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:

Far-right protester carries dog next to masked men. Liverpool, 3 November 2018 (Credit: Danny Rigg)

Far-right protester carries dog next to masked men. Liverpool, 3 November 2018 (Credit: Danny Rigg)

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).

Police kettle demonstrators against the far-right outside Moorfields station, Liverpool, 3 November 2018.

Police kettle counter-demonstrators outside Moorfields station, Liverpool, 3 November 2018 (Credit: Danny Rigg)

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.

Far-right protester's Army flag during Frontline Patriots rally in Liverpool, 3 November 2018.

“You shame the military” shouted one counter-demonstrator as a far-right protester held up this Army flag during the Frontline Patriots rally in Liverpool, 3 November 2018 (Credit: Danny Rigg).

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)