Afternoon of demonstrations brings Newcastle city centre to a standstill

A far right group and anti-racism protesters brought parts of Newcastle to a standstill with simultaneous demonstrations.

The English Defence League (EDL) and Newcastle Unites marched along separate routes though the city centre on Saturday lunchtime.

Donning England flags and placards, around 70 people were on the far right protest, who spent 30 minutes walking from the Haymarket to the Bigg Market .  Read Sara Nichol’s article here

TWAFA Comment: The numbers said it all really; a pitiful turn out of 70 EDL supporters outnumbered by about NINE times as many counter-protestors. And let’s not forget that the EDL were jeered by  bystanders as well.

Yet again Newcastle massively rejected the far-right. It has been made clear time and time again that there is no place for the far-right in the city, or in our region as a whole.

It would be nice to think that this time the EDL and the far-right generally would get the clear message: they are not welcome here.

(c) TWAFA September 2017