'˜The feeling is we don't want these marches'

Berwick Town Council will discuss a motion which aims to prevent future marches by the likes of the '˜various fascist groups' which gathered in the town earlier this month.

Friday, 28th October 2016, 08:00 am
The Scottish Defence League (SDL) and the North East Infidels (NEI) during an anti-immigration rally in the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. A counter-demonstration by Berwick Unites Against Fascism (UAF) met up in the High Street.

The issue was raised by a resident at Monday night’s meeting of the town council and it was confirmed that a motion by Cllr Eric Goodyer will be discussed at a future meeting.

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One of the organisers of the counter-rally said: “Everyone has the right to protest and the right to their voice, I appreciate that, it’s democracy, but I can’t think of any other protest group which actively seeks to destroy society.”

Cllr Goodyer agreed, adding that above all that, he was very concerned that those involved were allowed to march ‘in paramilitary format, with masks, with symbols directly derived from the SS, forming up next to the church where we will be remembering the people who died for this country’.