6 04 2015


The mobilisation against PEGIDA in London yesterday was a resounding success. Rather than the tens of thousands their German parent organisation has managed to bring out on to the streets, PEGIDA UK managed about 70, among whom were many very familiar faces from the extreme right, including some notorious neo-Nazis, destroying their claim not to be a far-right racist organisation.

There was a counter-demonstration by UAF which attracted over 300 people and an ‘all-London anti-fascist bloc’ co-ordinated by London Anti-Fascists, South London Anti-Fascists, North London Anti-Fascists and Dywizjon 161 comprised of 100+ people. PEGIDA ended up barricaded inside a pub, surrounded by anti-fascists and having to be rescued by the police.

The attempt to build PEGIDA in the UK appears to be failing big time – they managed a couple of hundred people for their first demonstration in Newcastle, where they relied heavily on the EDL and NF to make up the numbers. However, they were still opposed more than 10-1 by anti-racist Geordies. Their second outing in Edinburgh was even more risible, as only 4 people turned out for the demo, trying to hide and pretend they weren’t there as they were laughed at by a couple of hundred Scottish anti-fascists.


They now appear to be descending into self-delusion in an attempt to save face. One PEGIDA member at the rally in London claimed to a journalist that there were in fact 200 of them and explained the photos showing far fewer by saying “a lot of our supporters don’t want to be on television”.

Unfortunately for them, their main potential base of support – the EDL – was off being chased around Oxford by anti-fascists and couldn’t make it to London to bulk up the numbers.


PEGIDA demonstrations in the UK have failed to appeal to any ‘normal’ people and have consisted of the same old faces from the far-right. PEGIDA organisers have not made any significant efforts to deter them and have even specifically invited some of the worst extreme right neo-Nazis. Last week EDL News caught PEGIDA organiser Marion Rogers inviting neo-Nazi Eddie Stampton. She later went on to claim she did not know who he was and he would be removed from the demo. This of course turned out to be untrue and here he is pictured with fellow Nazi Colin McKay.


Long time neo-Nazi Eddie Stampton, yesterday and with the leader of the British Union of Fascists. via @MadNBaker


Were there fascists at the PEGIDA demo? Surely not! Colin McKay. via @MadNBaker

It might have been better for Stampton if he had stayed home as he ended up locking himself in the toilets of the St Stephens Tavern to hide from anti-fascists!


Following the embarrassing demo in London, Matt Pope, the leader of PEGIDA UK, who himself has far-right links, has now quit the sinking ship. We predict a short life for PEGIDA UK as it has failed to gain any traction as a brand and there seems little reason for the far right to continue with it rather than just marching under their normal brands of the EDL, NF etc.

PEGIDA UK leader Matt Pope is buddies with the leader of the BNP

PEGIDA UK leader Matt Pope is buddies with the BNP



Saturday was a good day for anti-fascists. We managed to outnumber and ruin the EDL’s day in Oxford and simultaneously drown out PEGIDA in London. This shows a new level of organisation for anti-fascists – unity between different anti-fascist groups and being able to mobilise effectively in two places simultaneously, out-numbering and out-manoeuvring the far-right in both places.


The next major anti-fascist mobilisation is against the March for England in Blackpool on April 25th. Like the EDL, they are another far-right group that has thought better of mobilising in Brighton and are trying their luck in pastures new. Let’s show them that the North West is no more welcoming for fascists than the South East. There should be transport running to Blackpool from Manchester, London, Sheffield and other locations around the country – contact your local AFN group for details.

The fascists’ next outing in London is an EDL national demo on May 9th in Walthamstow. Given that the last time they tried to march in Walthamstow a mere 200 EDL were totally blocked by 2000 anti-fascists & pelted with eggs, and their ‘national’ demo yesterday only pulled 150 people max, it looks like we can expect another drubbing for the far-right in the capital.

Something very strange at the anti-PEGIDA demo...

Something very strange at the anti-PEGIDA demo…

See you on the streets!



8 responses

6 04 2015

Having beeen involved and watched both the UAF meeting and the Anti fascist bloc it looked as though the bloc including odds and sods like myself, who tagged on, raised far more than 100 supporters and may well in total have reached the same number as the UAF numbers of 300. The Antifa groups are to be congratulated for their consistant harrasment of the fascists and not drifting off like many others.. The only criticism is, as always, stop pushing police lines. Go round them if you cannot go through them !

6 04 2015

Reblogged this on nearlydead.

6 04 2015
Rosa Luxemboug's Mother.

Now, I’m all for anti-fascism, but the flag with Che Guevara? Really? A statist who loved killing people….it needs to be confronted, because it’s almost hypocritical.

It’s also embarrassing.

7 04 2015

Guevara ?. What unites us is anti fascism. If we start asking for or criticising the politics of other antii fascists we lose our strength of unity in action

7 04 2015

Reblogged this on UK AKTION.

8 04 2015
Godwin Grey

Good on yer RLM. Not enough people realise that Cuba had quite a sizeable Anarchist movement and that a lot of the Miami emigres were Anarchists escaping persecution from Castro and Che. If we’re going to have heroes let it be people like Kropotkin or Lucy Parsons

13 03 2016
Down from Dover: a reply on anti-fascism | Cautiously pessimistic

[…] February and the massive one against the White Man March there last summer, but we could also add most of the attempted launch events for Pegida UK last year, a lot of the local EDL-type events in the wake of the Lee Rigby murder, and various attempts at […]

26 10 2016
Futures and pasts: a response to John Garvey on future politics and the present moment | Cautiously pessimistic

[…] isn’t just a case of German nationalists using weird rhetoric, as it inspired imitations like PEGIDA UK and PEGIDA Ireland – so British and Irish racists literally using a German acronym to describe […]

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