6th Dec, 2016

Coventry protesters plan demo against far-right party meeting

Coventry Editorial 21st Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

FAR-RIGHT group Britain First (BF) has announced it is to hold a meeting in Coventry, prompting plans for a counter demonstration.

The group used its Facebook page to announce the event at an undisclosed venue on July 30 at 1pm.

Nearly 400 of the Facebook site’s followers have so far stated their intention to attend.

In response, a new ‘group’ has been set up called ‘Coventry Against Britain First’, which is planning to demonstrate outside while the meeting takes place indoors.

It launched its own Facebook page, and organisers have already been in contact with Coventry MPs.

An organiser said: “We have no political affiliation, and the aim of this group is to celebrate that which BF despise – integration, acceptance and peace.”

It follows a march in Coventry last month by the English Defence League (EDL).

Britain First describes itself as a “patriotic political party and street defence organisation that opposes and fights the many injustices that are routinely inflicted on the British people.”

It claims it was formed in 2011 by former members of the British National Party (BNP).

It stood in the London mayoral election in May when its candidate – the party’s leader Paul Golding – received just over one per cent of the vote when Labour’s Sadiq Khan emerged victorious over Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith.

Its “Mission Statement” states it is “not just a normal political group, we are a patriotic resistance and “frontline” for our long suffering people.”

It adds: “We want our people to come first, before foreigners, asylum seekers or migrants and we are overtly proud of this stance.

“We will not stand back and watch as our people are made second class citizens by leftwing-liberal policies and political correctness.

“…Britain First seeks to lobby, cajole, expose, demonstrate and organise on behalf of our beleaguered people.”