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Anti-refugee protest and counter protest scheduled for Preston this weekend

Posted on - 9th October, 2015 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Events, News, Preston City Centre
EDL protest in Preston - (c) Michael Morrison

A previous EDL protest in Preston – (c) Michael Morrison

A No More Refugees protest has been planned for Preston this weekend.

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Saturday will see pro-white groups gather with a number of speakers planned.

The protest is organised by the North West Infidels, a splinter group of the more recognised EDL, and more than 250 people have already confirmed their attendance.

The group reads: “You have taken our kindness for granted. You have abused our goodness. Now pay the price.

“They say you reap what you sow, now face the harvest of your treachery, we will take to the streets in numbers. We’ll not allow you to rest peacefully until the price has been paid.

“No excuses, this is direct action.

“Step up or step out. Like Dover, our voice will be heard and our feet on the ground will echo through Lancashire and beyond.”

The group has also warned that police may be monitoring the page.

A counter protest is being arranged by the Lancashire Association of Trade Councils and Unite Against Fascism.

This will be held at the flag market at 1pm on the Saturday.

Talking to the LEP Wayne Bennett, of UAF, said: “These people are trying to make political capital out of people suffering, and it’s something we do not want to see. These refugees deserve asylum, they have human rights.

“Preston has a fine tradition of helping the people who need it most, and even in the 1930s and 40s, when the town itself was experiencing hard times, it held out the hand of friendship to the Kindertransport refugees, escaping the Nazis.

“Preston should be proud of that and we will be celebrating it at the event. To hold an anti-refugee rally is an insult to the people of the city.”

Prestonians have been helping with the refugee crisis. Find out how here.

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