Belfast anti-fascist protestors are currently engaged in a stand-off with fascists in central Belfast at a protest over the British National Party (BNP) scheduled BBC appearance.
Approximately 12 fascists and 5 or 6 suspected accomplices are currently in a stand-off with Belfast anti-fascist protestors outside the BBC building in central Belfast.
Anti-fascists and anti-racist protestors gathered outside the BBC bulding to protest the upcoming appearance of the BNP on Question Time. The protest had been organised by Youth Against Racism (YAR).
Early reports do not indicate that any of the 12 fascists present are recognised or known. Outed fascist Neil House is not thought to be present. The move by fascists is a bold one and marks an increase in confidence most had hoped was long dead - this sort of counter-presence at an anti-fascist protest has not been known in central Belfast since the 1980's.
Prior to the protest, a YAR representative had said:
‘It is disgraceful that the BBC is offering the racist BNP a platform from which to put forward their lies. This party’s aim is purely and simply to stoke up racial tensions which they seek to exploit, by scapegoating immigrants and ethnic minorities for the lack of jobs and social housing.
‘Where they are given a platform, it gives confidence to racists and fascists to carry out attacks. We must fight to stop them being allowed to speak on Question Time. That is why Youth Against Racism has organised this protest, in solidarity with those campaigning on the same issue in England’.
‘We call on all young people, trade unionists and community activists to mobilise for this demonstration, and send the message loud and clear that we don’t want the BNP on our airwaves.’
Updates to follow.