The battle of Bolton and the media lies:

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In Bolton on the UAF anti-EDL demo this afternoon. Conspracy laws fell into discredit in the 80s when a series of conspiracy to riot  trials collapsed but before that the judges ruled in conspiracy ‘ a nod’s as good as a wink’ and were notoriously difficult to defend. I’ll be amazed if this charge ever goes to trial.

This report claims that the leader of UAF has been arrested for ‘conspiracy to cause violent disorder’. DailyFail The source is not very reliable, but it’s hard to see why they’d fib in this case. If true, this is a frightening signal – people viewed as organisers of protests are at risk of this kind of conspiracy charge.  To date, police have not tried to bring this particular charge in court. There are some questions over whether it is even possible to add conspiracy onto what is already a collective offence.

The Class War

Of course no charges will come it was done to intimidate those with good reason to object to racist fascist scum that is The EDL and we know can not be proven but also a propaganda victory for the far right have a look at there forums (just been there) while I dislike The UAF along with leaders we do not for one moment celebrate this fact, we need to ask what was the motives for such actions of the state and the serious repercussions for future actions it is on the street we are going to have to confront the rise of the far right and more so coming the election, the defeat of the far right has been clear from the election of D Beckon to the present it is an organised militant anti fascist force one that we need be kick the likes of The EDL racist fascist scum back to the sewers they come from.

It will never come from the likes of The UAF and there fucking pandering to the state, it is as we know the state that is the problem and I can but hope those involved with The UAF now understand the nature of The Class War and what will be needed to smash the rise of fascism and racism..

Did Anti-fascist protesters emerge victorious on Saturday?

After holding Bolton’s central Victoria Square against the racists from the English Defence League. But mainstream national media reports are presenting it as a contest between two violent groups – and blaming the anti-fascists for the violence.

Anti-fascists faced brutality from police with dogs and on horseback. There were over 60 arrests – 55 Unite Against Fascism and 9 EDL, according to Sky news – including UAF leader Weyman Bennett “on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violent disorder”. The police commander made disgraceful allegations about the protesters.

Video on the Bolton News website makes it clear, however, that the violence was not coming from the anti-fascists. It shows an elderly veteran of World War 2 who had joined the protest, and UAF stewards can be heard urging protestors to stay calm in the face of apparent police efforts to provoke a riot.

The Bolton News had a reporter in Victoria Square who described on Twitter how EDL members had broken away from the square to cause violence: “Number of demonstrators intent on causing disorder have broken away from protest site. Large numbers of officers deployed to address.” The journalist saw “missiles flying” as the EDL tried to get out of its enclosure.

Anti-fascists clearly outnumbered the EDL, yet the BBC on its website and on TV news cited the police estimates that there were 1,500 anti-fascists and 2,000 EDL. The facts suggest otherwise.

The Bolton News reported on Twitter at 3.30pm: “EDL look to have gone from the sq[uare] but more UAF supporters making their way there. Banners from Hull, London, Birmingham among those seen”

Anti-fascists continued to join the protest. Twenty minutes later the Bolton News reported a “large number of asian youths in ashburner street”, just outside Victoria Square

This was the turning point when hundreds of young Asians joined the protests.

Socialist Worker’s reporter described this moment: “Anti-racists in Victoria Square have been buoyed by the arrival of large numbers of young Asians from the town. Shafiq told Socialist Worker, ‘The police tried to stop us getting here by holding us in a side road for hours. Several times we tried to break through their lines, but they held us back. … Its disgusting that the police have allowed the EDL to do what ever they like here, but we’ve been stopped from defending our own town.’”

About the same time, UAF’s twitter feed reported: “Another huge contingent of UAF supporters finally allowed to enter the square”. Hundreds of anti-fascists had been blocked by police from entering the square.

The BBC’s reporting was execrable, quoting the EDL and repeating its claim that “it describes itself as a peaceful, non-political group”. UAF spokespeople were not quoted. Sky news at 6pm also reported the protest as a violent confrontation, citing the numbers arrested as if they were proof of violence on the UAF side.

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