March for England - St George's Parade in Brighton. Shame on the degenerates of this south coast town.
To Brighton for March for England's St George's Day parade. This parade is an annual event which was conceived as a family day out. Early in its history it was led by a contingent of Ghurkhas. Even two years ago when I first attended children with balloons and face paint took part. But sadly Brighton's boast of being 'vibrant', cultured, multicultural, diverse etc. applied to everybody and everything except an English event to celebrate our patron saint. Every year the opposition stoked up by the Unite Against Fascism, Unite the union, Antifa and their foul minions gets more virulent. In 2010 people were urged to muster to protest and to 'bring weapons'. That privileged scion of the bourgeoisie was arrested for his pains. This year the people of Brighton were urged to mock and drown out the patriots. One woman went on the MfE page to announce her intention of throwing eggs in the hope we never returned.
We (my husband, daughter and I) had not even left the car park when we saw what to expect. The fools do not realise that March for England are not EDL, that they predate EDL by many years, that they are certainly NOT the BNP and they have nothing whatsoever to do with any Norwegian murderer. But why let truth get in the way of a good prejudice?
Followed by these. There were so many posters and flyers over town that somebody has a good fund available for their printing and distribution. I could bear to know who.
Our intention was to enjoy the parade passing by (while observing any opposition) and to meet friends for tea afterwards.
Knots of UAF were gathering on various street corners. There were police from four counties much in evidence.
I knew that MfE and supporters from other patriot groups were meeting at Brighton Station intending to move off at 12 noon, to parade through town to the prom and to disperse on the seafront for an afternoon of family fun.
At the station I spotted a white dragon of England flag, and the White Dragon himself.
We found a spot near the bottom of Queens Road by the Clock tower which was one of the UAF’s muster points. The parade didn’t move off at the expected time; my husband heard a policeman say that they were waiting for a delayed train to arrive. Due to engineering works trains had been replaced by buses for half the journey between the coast and London, doubling journey time.
As you can see these below were Surrey Police - the other forces were Sussex obviously, Kent, and Hampshire.
UAF were all along Queen Street. I heard a group of impeccably tailored women congratulating each other in plummy tones on ‘this splendid turnout’. Anarchists in dreadlocks banged bongos. What is it with lefties and bongos? Do they lose drumsticks too easily? Others blew whistles. Mad professor types waved hand drawn placards.
I could see the flags and the dragon ringed by riot police and police horses, and completely surrounded by UAF. Black masked antifa milled about obstructing the progress of the parade down the hill. The more ‘respectable’ protestors stayed on the pavement screaming ‘Nazi scum’. The video isn’t good – I wasn’t best placed to get better. But you can see the pressure behind police horses as UAF surged violently.
I didn’t see this myself but I heard later that bottles of urine were hurled at the St George’s parade.
I made my way back to the Clock Tower and we waited for the parade to reach us. My husband said he had seen police remove several individuals from the crowd round the tower.
Black clad Antifa and other alternatively dressed young people surged down the hill followed by mounted police into North Street.
"The Romans are coming", shouted one policeman to the running antifascists in front of him, to the amusement of the watching crowd.
One young man stopped to invite us to join him in stopping the fascists ‘who have been diverted by the police down Church Street toward Victoria Gardens; they must be stopped before they reach the sea front”.
We decided to slip round the antifa and made our way to the bottom of Church Street via the famous Brighton Pavilion.
Progress was slow for reasons you can see in these photographs.
My husband over heard a police officer state that while the police knew exactly what and where MfE intended they had no idea how many UAF were in town or where they would be.
Eventually the parade was ushered into the gardens and corralled. Police in riot gear and mounted police kept the two groups apart for over an hour. I heard one young man harangued by UAF. "I'm not EDL - what the f**k make you think I'm EDL? Do I look like EDL?" It seemed like a good moment to move away.
Then to the delight of the UAF the police brought up vans. I thought that MfE were going to be loaded on them, under arrest, and taken off as happened in Whitehall in November. However the vans drove alongside the marchers as added protection as they were walked off to, I later discovered, the Railway station from where they made their way home.
Eventually the police managed to disperse the UAF/antifa, and council workers could begin to clear the mess they had left behind them. I thought Brighton was supposed to be 'green'?
The BBC attended and reported that two police officers were injured when bottles were thrown at them.
It was the worst UAF behaviour I have witnessed so far. Brighton has a beautiful sea front and some lovely architecture but it attracts some most unpleasant people whose decadence spoils what could be a very appealing little town.
Photographs by Susan Sto Helit; video and photographs by E Weatherwax April 2012
22 Apr 2012 Lisa Enfield Mfe is a day to celebrate with your family in order to show support for St. Georges day, it has nothing to do with what colour you are or what religion you believe in. These people have abused and attacked a crowd out being patriotic ? There were young children involved just out showing their support with their mums n dads. This is truly disgraceful and I find this very upsetting that a family day out is ruined to small minded attitudes. These people need to educate themselves in what being British is all about !!
UNfortunately the dregs of our educational structure have been to long infested with Socialist values, but there are still some good patriots out there. I am sure the English lads involved will not let it rest and will return unhindered by having to protect familiies and then see if the great unwashed are so brave when they have bigger targets tahn little children to throw bottles at.
You had your demo and what we need to do is make next years a big event, You have one year to rally all the nationalists and patriots and get them to this event, If you numbered 2000 then none of this would have happened its only because there was 150 people that you were abused and as for the Left wingers they need taught a lesson, when ever you see them just kick them about a bit
23 Apr 2012 Johnny B
A family day out to celebrate St. George's Day & being proud to be English (no matter what colour, but NOT Nazi's that's for sure) was opposed in the most dispicable way by those disgusting UAF (& co). No doubt their pride was in hurting children by throwing glass bottles & throwing bottles of piss. They can't moan in future if they get it back then can they. Anyway, to those that are proud to be English (& those that are in England & accceptable of our ways, etc.):
"HAPPY ST. GEORGE'S DAY!"
23 Apr 2012 Christina McIntosh
I observe that all the MfE people are showing their faces (is this correct, Esmerelda?) whereas a good few (roughly what percentage of their number, would you say?) of the Antifa, UAF, etc, are decked out in black masks to look like menacing banditti from a bad comic book.
I do not like people who scream abuse and throw objects whilst hiding behind a black mask. like bank robbers...or like the kinds of people who slice off heads of bound captives in jihadist videos.
A thought: for next year's parade, MFE needs many more people. Don't back down; up the ante. And I suggest costumes: people dressed up as St Alban, King Arthur, King Alfred, Thomas a Becket, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, Sir Thomas More (carrying a copy of his book 'Utopia'), Sir Isaac Newton, John Bunyan, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and other great figures - political, literary, scientific, religious - from England's past. A team of Morris dancers - and a bunch of Mummers presenting "St George and the Dragon". And somebody to recite a few of G K Chesterton's best numbers.
Do you have allies and sympathisers within Brighton itself?
Final thought - I observe one of the thoroughfares was 'Church Street'. Does it have a church or churches along its length?
MfE members of a Christian persuasion may like to do some research, make a list of the still-functioning Christian churches in Brighton (especially in the area immediately around the route of the march) and engage in some concerted intercessions. And see what happens.
23 Apr 2012 Christina McIntosh
The art work on some of those Antifa and UAF posters and flyers reminds me of 1920s and 1930s Anarchist and Communist propaganda 'art'.
Black, white and red with the stylised mob of angry faces and the clenched fists.
It's ugly and menacing.
The patriots possess - and should display - better music and better art (they are already displaying, for the most part, better manners).
Next time, Esmerelda, print off flyer-size colour replicas of some of the most attractive pub art representations of St George and the Dragon that you have photographed - and maybe some of the other pub signs that refer to English historical and mythical figures and to indigenous flora and fauna, and have a sackful of those ready to hand out. When someone hands you one of these hideous UAF flyers, smile sweetly and offer them a colourful, pretty picture in exchange (you could always have a few suitable verses from Will, or Geoffrey, or GKC, written on the back...; perhaps G K C's great hymn 'From all that terror teaches/ from lies of tongue and pen/ from all the easy speeches/ that comfort cruel men/ from sale and profanation/ of honour and the sword/ from sleep, and from damnation, / deliver us, good Lord!"
25 Apr 2012 R C Kimber
Thanks to Esmerelda for her article.
Amazing how, when it's a peaceful protest by people who are pro-England they are treated as the 'baddies' by the Police et al, yet when the anti-Englanders protest THEY are protected!! Seems very biased against we who were born & bred here, regardless of colour.
I like Christina's suggestion about 'pretty' St. George posters, as the flag of St. George does appear to have been hijacked by hooligans & thugs. Unfortunately a large majority would be unable to read the poems/quotations/verses!!!