"Football gangs and far-right activists are heading to London to confront BLM demonstrators"

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The anti-fascist group, Hope Not Hate, are warning today of a threat of far right gangs exploiting football culture and racial tensions to promote violence in London this weekend. Sadly, Hope Not Hate list 'Exeter' below as one of the places where they think a group of fascists could be getting involved from. Hope Not Hate have infiltrated far right groups for a long time and their intelligence is usually very good.

Attempts to exploit football culture to try and normalise violent and racist ideology present a reputational risk to the game. People who do this are a dead weight on football and a complete liability.

From https://www.hopenothate.org.uk/2020/06/08/football-hooligans-and-far-right-plan-london-demonstration/


"Football gangs and far-right activists are heading to London to confront BLM demonstrators

Hundreds of football hooligans from across the country are making plans to descend on London next Saturday to confront anti-racist demonstrators attending the next Black Lives Matter protest. Organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, a football hooligan network which emerged after the 2017 terrorist attacks, hooligans from as far afield as Sunderland, Yorkshire, the West Midlands and East Anglia are intending to surround war memorials and other statues in central London.

The event has also now received the support of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson) who released an irate video last night about protestors defacing the statue of Winston Churchill in Westminster. “If you’re a lad or you call yourself a lad, and you’re a football lad and you go to football and you give a **** at all about our country, our history, our culture, our identity. I expect you are going to be in London next Saturday.” Having advertised the event to his supporters and promised to attend himself it now seems certain that the event will take place.

The majority of hooligans making plans to attend are from London firms, including those from Chelsea, Spurs, Millwall, West Ham, Charlton, Arsenal and QPR. Other gangs are making plans to join them, including hooligans from Portsmouth, Everton, Stoke, Colchester, Southend, Bristol, Coventry, Plymouth, Exeter, Swindon, Newcastle and Sunderland.

Smaller groups of hooligans from other parts of the country are making plans to attend. Sunderland hooligans are boasting that they have already booked a coach to come down, while a minibus will be bringing hooligans from Newcastle.

While online boasts of numbers often do not materialise on the day, it should not be forgotten that Football Lads Alliance demos in 2017 attracted 10,000 and 35,000 people respectively – the overwhelming majority current and former football hooligans. Since then internal power struggles, football rivalry and having no clear objectives fractured the group to the point it has hardly existed for the past twelve months.

However, the BLM demonstrations in the US and more recently in the UK seems to have reinvigorated the hooligan networks. What has riled them most has been the image of the Cenotaph being daubed and other buildings and memorials attacked.

While the hooligans claim that they are coming to London to “protect the war memorials” is also clear from the racist comments of many that they also hope to confront BLM and anti-fascists. BLM activists are regularly referred to in the most abusive, derogatory and racist way, while Antifa – which has become a catch-all phrase to describe most anti-racists and anti-fascists – are seen as a physical rival that needs confronting.

The hooligans will be joined by the ex-serviceman group, Veterans Against Terrorism, who have attended many DFLA (and before that Football Lads Alliance) demos in the past. There are even rumours that some bikers and Hells Angels will also attend.

The DFLA is not a traditional far right group and, certainly at its outset, publicly distanced itself from far right groups and Nazism. The original London mobs who attended the group’s first demonstration in June 2017 contained a small, but not insignificant, number of black hooligans.

However, since then the DFLA leadership has drifted to the right, both because many of its supporters – especially those in the Midlands and North – were more openly racist, but also as the group began to adopt the anti-Muslim narrative of UKIP under Gerald Batten and For Britain’s Anne Marie Waters.

While the group’s stated intention of protecting the war memorials might attract the sympathy of some, let us be in no doubt about their real objective – which is violence.

Many of the hooligans planning to attend the DFLA protest next week are spoiling for a fight, with some hoping to directly confront BLM activists and others hoping their presence simply increases tensions and provokes clashes between anti-racist campaigners and the police."
 
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I expect to get grief for this why are you a hooligan and a facist, racist etc when you wish to protect our war memorials and rights but it is ok to pull down statues and attack our police. This is what we witnessed at the weekend
 

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I expect to get grief for this why are you a hooligan and a facist, racist etc when you wish to protect our war memorials and rights but it is ok to pull down statues and attack our police. This is what we witnessed at the weekend
If opposing violence against the police and vandalising war memorials makes you a hooligan and a fascist then I'm one too. Perhaps you've posted a false dilemma?
 

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All this £ucking country needs at the moment, more demos & civil unrest....Unreal that this has all started from a criminally rogue cop in Minneapolis.

How has it come to this in this country ?
The more I read and hear, I do start to wonder if half of this would have happened if things were 'normal'. $4!t has happened before in America and it has raised an amount of social comment and reaction but not to the scale that we're currently seeing.
 

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All this £ucking country needs at the moment, more demos & civil unrest....Unreal that this has all started from a criminally rogue cop in Minneapolis.

How has it come to this in this country ?
Because as with America, systemic racism in the UK is real. The George Floyd incident has caused something to boil over that has been bubbling away under the surface for a very long time and many people, both black and white, have simply had enough. It's the year 2020 and tbh its disgusting that its even a conversation that has to be had.
 
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