Looks Like The EDL Voices Were Stronger!!! What did you offer those Two Boys at the bottom a Soda Pop to hold the UAF signs?
Shops and pubs in the city closed as up to 3,000 EDL and Unite Against Fascism members took to the streets, chanting and waving banners.
The two camps came face-to-face near the city train station before their planned marches, with UAF protesters chanting ‘Off our streets, Nazi scum’ in response to the EDL’s chorus of ‘You’re not English anymore’. They were kept apart by hundreds of officers from five forces.
Chief Supt Graham Smith said: ‘It has been a great success. It has passed without incident. Newcastle is a city for peace and the aim of today was to allow peaceful protests which we have demonstrated is possible through careful planning.’
A strong police presence will remain in the centre throughout the bank holiday weekend to prevent trouble.
One of the EDL leaders, Ronnie Burgess, a 31-year-old bodyguard from Liverpool, insisted it was not a racist group. Wearing a steward number one fluorescent jacket, he said: ‘The message has been lost and we have got a bad press lately. We don’t deny we have racist members, but we police ourselves and we will find them out. We don’t want them.’
Weyman Bennett, joint national secretary of UAF, said he was pleased with the turn-out to oppose the EDL. He said: ‘They have come to try to divide black and white, Muslim and Christian.