Britains first White Lives Matter protest branded a flop

first_imgProtesters from the Kent Anti-Racism Network.Credit:Graham Mitchell/Barcroft Images What a great day. The fascist demo was a flop, the Margate community was outstanding, and we’ve just passed the 1000 followers mark! #wlm— KENT ANTI RACISM NET (@KentAntiRacism) 22 October 2016 A ‘White Lives Matter’ demonstration held in Margate on Saturday was met with ridicule and counter-demonstrations from anti-fascist protestors and local residents.Around 40 far-right protestors descended on the Kent town for the event, publicised on the White Lives Matter UK Facebook page as a “peaceful march … in support of deprived and depressed white communities throughout the country.”“Margate is over 95 per cent white and yet a third of the children live below the financial poverty line, 30 per cent of neighbourhoods are in the poorest 10 per cent of those in the country,” the group said. “The lives of these white people matter.”A YouTube video promoting the event, thought to be the first in Britain held under the ‘White Lives Matter’ banner, featured a song with the lyrics: “We will never be enslaved by a Zionist master plan.” Mounted police and graffiti. #wlm we love margate @artistsmakers pic.twitter.com/ImHlSbws5v— Tracey Thompson (@traceyrozier) 22 October 2016 Local business owner Lisa Richards told Kent News: “We completely respect people for their right to protest as thankfully we live in a democracy but one of the things that upset me most out of this, is that we are happy and so grateful we live in a such a great community and people were coming here and promoting hate and racism and that just appalled us so much we just had to make a stand.””We live in a time where there is real divisive news and people being blamed for the problems in our society and it is not these people and we want to put our arms around Margate and give it a big hug.” We love Margate! ❤️ #wlm pic.twitter.com/FoqgwKAXGz— Amy Zing (@AmyZingSTP) 22 October 2016 We Love Margate, because we turn our back on hate. #WLM pic.twitter.com/SdqOmFykKL— Ian Jeanes (@ijeanes) 22 October 2016 Protesters from the Kent Anti-Racism Network. Town residents put up banners saying “Margate says NO to racism”, and a hashtag created to promote the White Lives Matter cause, #WLM, was hijacked to instead spread the message: “We Love Margate”. We love #Margate #wlm and all its #diversity pic.twitter.com/xWTbC2RDbq— Mary Louis (@MaryBLouis) 22 October 2016 However, the demonstration was met with a noisy counter-protest from groups chanting “Nazi scum, off our streets” and “refugees are welcome here.” I don’t think I’ve ever felt more proud of where I live. The good people of #Margate were out in force today. Such love. Such community #WLM— GB Pizza Co (@gbPizzaCo) 22 October 2016 Welcome to the Grotto, where We Love Margate #WLM— Shell Grotto (@shellgrotto) 22 October 2016 We Love Margate #WLM on the harbour arm pic.twitter.com/C52K63Bbpj— Stan (@stanartpod) 22 October 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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