Britain First Fascists Embarrassed in Rochester

2 11 2014

Yesterday (01/11/14) was Britain First’s “National Day of Action” in Rochester, the town in which their deputy leader, Jayda Fransen, is standing for election. Despite talk on the internet of “hundreds of patriots”, barely 80 fascists actually made it, virtually none of whom were actually from Rochester or Strood. They were opposed and outnumbered by around 100 to 150 local residents and militant anti-fascists.

Britain First and Antifascists in a stand off at the Station.

Britain First and anti-fascists in a stand off at the station.

Although the party leadership told members that “good standards of behaviour apply”, right from the get-go, Britain First were embarrassing themselves. They hurled racist and homophobic abuse at anti-fascists, and clearly many of them were very much up for a fight, including Party Führer Paul Golding himself.

Paul Golding and his security team thugs attempt to start a fight with a black army reservist who called them racist.

Paul Golding and his security team thugs attempt to start a fight with a black army reservist who called them racist.

As both sides gathered at the station, things took a lurch towards the surreal as Britain First started playing epic orchestral music over a PA system. Hey guys, taking yourselves too seriously much? At this time prospective MP Jayda Fransen turned up, grabbing the mic in order to hurl abuse at anti-fascists, calling them “brainwashed traitors” who should be “hung, drawn and quartered”. Way to win over the local electorate, Jayda!

Prospective MP Jayda Fransen aggressively canvassing for votes in Rochester

Prospective MP Jayda Fransen aggressively canvassing for votes in Rochester

Meanwhile, anti-fascists regaled BF with some inventive chants including “You’re losing your deposit”, “where’ve your leaflets gone?” and “Royal Mail Royal Mail Royal Mail!”, those last two in reference to the fact that, hilariously, the Royal Mail has refused to deliver BF’s election leaflets, calling them “threatening” and “abusive”.

Soon the fascists tried to move off for a march. Quickly, anti-fascists got in front of them with a large “No Pasarán!” banner and blocked the road, leading to an hour-long stand off.

Antifascists block the Britain First march.

Anti-fascists block the Britain First march.

Whilst the local plod panicked and tried to figure out what to do, Führer Golding took to the microphone to repeatedly threaten anti-fascists, saying that “if the police don’t get rid of them, we will!”. Despite this posturing, they never made good on their threats (although Golding’s security team did repeatedly try to start fights with individual counter-protesters) and instead had to rely on Kent’s finest to force their march through.

This stand off lasted almost an hour.

This stand-off lasted almost an hour.

Eventually, around an hour after they started their march, Britain First managed to reach their destination, a car park around 200 yards from the station where they initially mustered. They were promptly surrounded by anti-fascists and spent the next two hours attempting to give speeches over the heckles and abuse of locals and anti-fascists. Bizarrely, Jayda also burned a placard showing her face, which led to some very strange photos.

Jayda burning a picture of herself as a Nazi.

Jayda burning a picture of herself as a Nazi.

Also, eagle eyed anti-fascists spotted that the Britain First armoured Land Rover, last seen crashing into a car park barrier and being utterly humiliated in Swanley, spent the whole day parked in a disabled parking bay. Stay classy, lads.

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Nice parking boys.

One anti-fascist was arrested for refusing to give the police their details, but they were released without charge around 2 hours later.

All in all, Britain First were utterly humiliated, and it’s clear they have absolutely no local support in Rochester. Odds have shortened on them losing their deposit in the by-election on the 20th November.

In other anti-fascist news, several members of London Anti-fascists were on the huge Kobane solidarity march in central London yesterday. Solidarity with the Kurdish resistance!

London Antifascists in solidarity with the Kurdish Resistance to ISIS.

London Anti-fascists in solidarity with the Kurdish Resistance to ISIS.


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14 responses

2 11 2014
UKAktion

Reblogged this on UK AKTION.

2 11 2014
Tilak (@rockhard247)

They did NOT reach their destination! We held them off at the car park before they could reach the war memorial further down the high street! They only got through as far as they did because we were initially holding them back on the public highway outside the station. The police pushed us back to let them though so the road could be cleared. We regrouped ahead of them at the car park mid way up the pedestrianised high street. They stood and spouted racist, homophobic and Islamaphocic filth and endorsed UKIP, for around an hour there. They did try to move on from the car park to the war memorial but we stood firm and did not let them pass. They FAILED in reaching their objective! Well done to everyone there!

2 11 2014
The Lamp

Marilyn Manson is running for the British First party?

2 11 2014
paul sillett

Was a good day, as said, the looks on Britain Last fasces were a picture! Interestingly, their security team were partly composed of Griffin’s old security crew, joined by ex NF from South London. Rochester done really well, Golding was not a happy bunny

2 11 2014
Liz Robinson

80 – 100? More like 30. What you don’t say is how Britain First championed UKIP. Pressure should be put on Reckless to speak up about this quickly and very publicly. That’s if they really want the local people of Rochester to believe they are not a racist party.

3 11 2014
pepsi

interesting how you blank the faces out on you supporters…….don’t agree with bf in the slightest but you lot are just as bad

3 11 2014
Michael Rivers

Peace and Love to ALL Nations!!!

3 11 2014
Dave

Any vids of this???

4 11 2014
uptonsinclair

Clearly the faces were blacked out to prevent AFN enabling any form or personal retribution.

4 11 2014
Jenx Darl

“Nationalism is an infantile thing. It is the measles of mankind.”
― Albert Einstein

9 11 2014
Kntm

These scum bags are coming back to Rochester on Saturday the 15th November. All help defending our town from fascist scum greatly appreciated.

13 11 2014
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