Pegida UK: Nazis, Islamophobes and Anti-Semites.
Anyone who’s been keeping an eye on the growth of the far-right in Europe over the last year can’t help but have noticed “Pegida” (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamification of Europe), a German group who have been marching every week for several months, drawing many thousand supporters in their home city of Dresden.
Attempts to take the Pegida format beyond Dresden have been somewhat underwhelming. Low numbers and large antifascist counter-protests have dogged their demonstrations in cities like Cologne, Hannover and Berlin. With the creation of Pegida groups outside of Germany, this pattern of failure has only continued, with their attempt at marching in Malmö, Sweden, hilariously outnumbered.
Dispite the glaring lack of success outside of Germany, A Pigeda group has formed in the UK, planning a march in Newcastle on 28th of Feb. They claim to have no links to the pre-existing far right scene here but some enterprising antifascists have taken a closer look at this “patriotic” group, and discovered (surprise surprise!) it’s riddled with EDL, old school neo-nazis, islamophobes and anti-Semites.
In this screenshot from the Pegida UK facebook page, we can see Scott Horwood commenting. Horwood is a nasty character well known to Brighton Antifascists. He lives in Littlehapton and is ex-BNP. He used to be the southern regional organiser for the EDL and took part in a violent attack on a pro-multiculturalism meeting in Brighton in 2011. A real old school fascist.
In the above two screenshots, we have Eddy Stamton, a notorious nazi and ex-Combat 18 thug. His extensive criminal record includes charges for nearly beating his girlfriend to death. Unlike most of the British far-right, Stamton is open about his nazi views.
Here we see a selection of Pegida UK members, who are also connected with far-right and fascist groups like the EDL and North East Infidels. Of particular note is Gary “Gaz” Cooper, a senior steward in the EDL who is currently facing a charge of violent disorder in Brighton, after throwing chairs and pint glasses at antifascists during last year’s March for England.
If you can stomach it, take a few seconds to read through the above screenshots, taken from a conversation on the Pegida UK facebook page in January of this year. They contain some pretty extreme antisemitism which seems to be gaining some traction within the Pegida crowd. Links to the original conversation posted on Indymedia here, here and here.
Unfortunately, this is just a drop in the ocean of racist and fascist shite written by supporters of the “not far-right, honest!” Pegida UK. If you haven’t had enough yet, there is a whole bunch more posted on UK Indymedia here.
See you on the streets, comrades!
Posted on February 16, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged antifa, Antifascist, antisemitism, Brighton Antifascists, Demonstration, EDL, Europe, fascists, Islamophobia, Nazis, Newcastle, North East Antifascists, PEGIDA. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.