Minneapolis, USA anti-#BlackLives#Matter gun violence update

This video from the USA says about itself:

Black Lives Matter protesters shot in Minneapolis

23 November 2015

Five demonstrators were shot, two with serious injuries and three non-fatally, at a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis, Monday, after three white counter-protesters reportedly disrupted a protest for Jamar Clark.

The shots were reportedly fired outside the Minneapolis 4th Precinct Police Department, where a protest camp is currently being held for 24-year-old Clark after he was shot by police last week.

The activists, who have been stationed at the site for a week, are refusing to leave the Minneapolis police station until their demands are met, which include the release of police video tapes of the Clark killing, and the prosecution of the two police officers, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, involved in man’s death.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

United States: Five people shot during protest at police killing

Wednesday 25th November 2015

FIVE people protesting against police brutality were shot and wounded in Minneapolis in the small hours of yesterday.

The Black Lives Matter campaign blamed white supremacists for the attack during a demonstration against the police killing of Jamar Clark earlier this month.

Witness Oluchi Omeoga reported seeing three masked strangers among the protesters. Police said they were seeking three white male suspects.

The three strangers left the protest and a handful of protesters who had become suspicious followed them to a street corner, where the masked men pulled out weapons and shots rang out, she said.

Black Lives Matter organiser Micah Grimm said two people were shot in the leg, another in the arm and a fourth in the stomach. None suffered life-threatening injuries.

By Nick Barrickman in the USA:

Masked gunmen open fire, wound five at Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis

25 November 2015

Minneapolis police announced Tuesday night that they had detained four individuals connected to the shooting of five Black Lives Matter protesters the previous night. The gunmen opened fire at activists protesting the November 15 shooting of unarmed 24-year old Jamar Clark by Minneapolis police, wounding five. None of the injuries were fatal.

Police reported Tuesday that two individuals; a 23-year old white male and a 32-year old Hispanic male, were apprehended in connection to the shootings, but their names were not made public. Two other white males, aged 21 and the other 26, turned themselves in during the day, though one was later released.

According to witnesses, a group of masked men approached the demonstrations attempting to start fights with protesters before opening fire on a section of the demonstrators as they left.

“These four white guys walked up … They had masks and they had a briefcase. I thought they were there to donate [something],” said Carrie Brown, a protester who had witnessed the attack, to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Activists from Black Lives Matter Minneapolis released a statement on social media accusing the assailants of being white supremacists.

Miski Noor, a media liaison for Black Lives Matter, told the New York Times that the masked group had been appearing at the protests since last Friday, seeking to provoke protesters and videotaping the event.

On Tuesday, protesters rallied in downtown Minneapolis in response to the shooting. They have been holding vigils outside of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct police station since Clark encountered officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze on November 15. At the time of Clark’s shooting, the young man was allegedly interfering with a paramedic team attempting to treat an individual whom Clark had been in a dispute with. Witnesses say that Clark was handcuffed when officers shot him. He died several days later.

Authorities have been hesitant to label the attacks on the Black Lives Matter demonstrators a hate crime. “I know there’s a lot of speculation as to who these people were,” said US Representative Keith Ellison, an African-American whose district includes most of Minneapolis. “And they well could have been, I’m not trying to say they weren’t white supremacists. But I just haven’t been able to piece together enough information to say with any real clarity.”

Police presence in the area was immediately augmented in the area following the attacks. FBI spokesman Kyle A. Loven released a statement declaring that the FBI was monitoring the situation and would decide “as to whether or not any further federal action is necessary.”

Similarly, officials have seized upon the Monday shootings to bolster the image of the police in the wake of the outrage over Jamar Clark’s killing. Hailing the apprehension of the two suspects, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau released a statement declaring local law enforcement to be “true professionals” who had “worked nonstop through the night to bring justice in last night’s shooting.”

Immediately prior to the shooting, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat, called for a federal investigation into the killing of Clark.

Donald Trump, Murdoch and anti-#BlackLivesMatter violence in Minnesota, USA

Jamine Robinson points to the name of his brother, Jamar Clark, on an upside-down flag bearing names of people killed at the hands of police. A shooting erupted last night at that Black Lives Matter encampment.(Photo credit: AP)

From Salon.com in the USA:

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 08:11 PM +0100

This is on Donald Trump and Fox News’ hands: Now their war on #blacklivesmatter draws real blood

Minneapolis shooting is no surprise. Trump, O’Reilly and others have ratcheted rhetoric toward violence for months

Chauncey DeVega

The Associated Press is reporting that five people at a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis were shot by a group of white supremacists on Monday evening.

This is not a surprise.

The appeal and power of old-fashioned, overt and transparent white racism is growing in the United States. The prime example of this phenomenon is the rise of Donald Trump, but the GOP front-runner is but one data point in a longer trend. Since the election of Barack Obama, white supremacists have increased their enrollment of new members. To that end, they have infiltrated Tea Party organizations to recruit racially resentful and angry white people who are beginning to think about politics in terms of “white group interests.”

While anxiety about ISIS dominates the American news, the FBI has in fact identified domestic terrorism from white, right-wing Christians as the greatest domestic terrorism threat to the United States since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The right-wing news-entertainment media complex routinely uses eliminationist and violent rhetoric to describe liberals and progressives. There, the implicit (and often explicit) narrative is that those people who are not members of the American right-wing are “traitors,” “un-American” and deserving of whatever violence comes to them. This is not empty talk, hyperbole or “playful” rhetoric designed to cheer on Republicans and build up morale before a presidential election. The right-wing media has actually weaponized its followers. The results are those black folks killed by Dylann Roof in Charleston, the women’s reproductive health doctor George Tiller, and the other victims of right-wing domestic terrorists shot dead at Sikh Temples, Jewish Community Centers, and elsewhere in the United States.

And as I wrote in an earlier essay here at Salon, Republican 2016 presidential primary candidates, as well as Fox News personalities such as Bill O’Reilly, have referred to members of the human rights advocacy group Black Lives Matter as “terrorists” or the new “Ku Klux Klan.”

On Monday, I wrote a piece about how a Black Lives Matter protester was beaten upon by Donald Trump supporters at a Birmingham, Alabama, rally over the weekend. Trump endorsed that thuggery and was proud that his supporters were so spirited. Adding to the grotesqueness of Donald Trump’s embrace of political violence, Robert Kiger, a fundraiser aligned with a group backing Trump, made the bizarre suggestion that he, as a white man, would be beaten up if he went into a black church. Therefore, the violent attack on a Black Lives Matter protester at Trump’s rally was expected, understood and reasonable in Kiger’s twisted, demented and profoundly racist imagination.

Ultimately, when Black Lives Matter’s basic claim for equal human rights and dignity is met by racist slogans such as “All Lives Matter” — what is just a new and more polite version of “White Power!” — the question is no longer “if” white on black and brown racially motivated violence will take place, but rather when, and to what extent?

The 2016 presidential primary season has seen Republican candidates endorse internment camps for Syrian refugees, an enemies list for Muslims, making Christianity the official state religion of the United States, establishing a Gestapo-like force to eject “illegal immigrants” from the United States, and other actions that are unworthy of what is supposed to be the world’s greatest democracy.

Those men and women who seek the office of the president of the United States should be responsible, reflective, and intelligent individuals. While they are members of a political party, these individuals should also be ambassadors of the Common Good who first and foremost want to advance and protect the General Welfare of the United States and its citizens. To this point in the campaign, the Republican 2016 primary presidential candidates, as a group, have not shown that they are capable of honoring that obligation.

The presidential primary season is not over. There is still time for the Republican Party to rise to the occasion.

To that end, will the 2016 Republican primary presidential candidates denounce Donald Trump’s rhetoric and the violence of his supporters or condemn last evening’s shootings of the Black Lives Matter protesters by white supremacists?

Will this crop of potential GOP presidential nominees demand that their peers, as well as the right-wing Fox News propaganda machine, tone down their collective racist, nativist, xenophobic and violence-inducing rhetoric?

The answer is likely to be “no.” Instead, the Republican 2016 presidential candidates will ignore the violence and bigotry they have encouraged or instead play the “victim” of the “liberal media.” The right-wing Fox News echo chamber will also likely spin fictions of “liberal infiltrators” or “agent provocateurs” that are actually committing violence at Donald Trump rallies or shooting Black Lives Matter activists in Minneapolis.

As they have repeatedly done in recent American history, movement conservatives and their media will continue to strike a match in a room full of gasoline vapor and act surprised when it explodes.

This is their version of the American Way. It is an agenda that retreats from normal politics, consensus-building, and an embrace of conservatism not as a reasonable respect for traditions and standing norms, but, rather as an embrace of a radical, destructive, and reactionary behavior that leaves the United States less safe, less secure, less prosperous and weaker than it was before.

City Releases ‘Chilling’ Video Of Cop Shooting Chicago Teen 16 Times. The Cook County state’s attorney said the officer “was on the scene less than 30 seconds before shooting”: here.

‘Police involved in racist gun attack on Minnesota #BlackLivesMatter’

This CNN video from Minnesota in the USA says about itself:

Raeisha Williams: Police are ‘behind’ the shooting of BLM protesters

24 November 2015

Jamar Clark: Witnesses tell how ‘white supremacists’ opened fire on Black Lives Matter protesters. Five people were taken to hospital after being hit in a flurry of gunfire: here.

By David Edwards in the USA:

Minnesota NAACP leader shocks CNN: Police are ‘behind’ the Black Lives Matter shooting

24 Nov 2015 at 15:52 ET

Raeisha Williams, communications chair of the Minneapolis NAACP, told CNN that members of law enforcement were “behind” the Monday night shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters.

During an interview on Tuesday, CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Williams to react to breaking news that two men had been arrested in connection to shootings that injured at least five people who were protesting the killing of Jamar Clark.

“We’re hearing two [arrests] at this time,” Williams explained. “But we don’t necessarily trust that. We know that the police department is behind this, this is our personal belief after receiving witness accounts.”

“Wait, wait, wait,” Baldwin interrupted. “You said you believe the police department is behind what?”

“We believe the police department is facilitating the injustice, bullying the protesters,” Williams replied. “And we also believe that they’re involved in this shooting. We know from blackboards and chat rooms and also videos that we have posted on our website that police that are from different counties, police from different districts have come down to entice the protesters, have come down to bully the protesters.”

Baldwin, who was broadcasting from Paris, noted that Williams had made “serious allegations” on national television.

“And we are standing behind it, we do not back down from these allegations,” Williams insisted.

“Where is your evidence that they were involved in the shooting?” Baldwin pressed.

According to Williams, police were “lurking” near the shooting and then refused to provide help to the injured protesters.

“This is what you’ve been wanting,” she recalled one of the officers saying.

“It took 15 minutes for the police to even arrive and shortly after that, they began to Mace the crowd,” Williams said. “So if you’re not part of the problem, if this is not something you’re trying to cover up, why would you not attend to victims who paid for your salaries?”

Williams said that her group had “video evidence of an undercover cop getting into an unmarked car.”

“We believe — and we stand behind our belief — that the Minneapolis Police Department is not protecting us and therefore they stand with racist white supremacists who want to destroy a peaceful movement,” she concluded.

British young Muslim women defended against racist

Ruhi Rehman

From the Daily Mirror in Britain:

Young Muslim woman targeted by racist thug on train thanks her ‘Geordie angels’

23:01, 23 Nov 2015
Updated 23:02, 23 Nov 2015

By Craig Thompson

Ruhi Rehman, 23, was petrified when the yob told her to “get off” the train – and told other passengers she could have a bomb

A young Muslim woman who suffered racist abuse from a train thug has thanked the heroes who stepped in to help.

Ruhi Rehman, 23, was petrified when the yob told her to “get off” the train – and told other passengers she could have a bomb.

But other travellers were disgusted to see Ruhi and her sister subjected to the foul tirade and rushed to their rescue.

They demanded he leave the pair alone and forced him off Newcastle’s Metro – clapping and cheering as he left in shame.

Ruhi told the Newcastle Chronicle : “It was the true Geordie spirit that shone through.

Read more: Hero commuter defends crying young Muslim woman from thug’s ‘terrorist’ racist rant after Paris attacks

“They were my angels that day and I can’t thank them enough.”

Ruhi and her sister had been travelling between Newcastle and Whitely Bay when they were approached by the man on the busy train.

“He shouted “get up out of that seat” at me,” said Ruhi.

“I was shocked at first because I didn’t really know what was happening.

“He was then saying stuff like ‘this is my country’ and my sister told him we were born here and it was our country too.

“It was then the other passengers started getting involved, telling him to leave us alone.

“Then he said to them ‘what, do you want her to bomb this train?’.”

Disgusted by his comments, a group of men demanded the man leave the Metro at the next station, telling him he was not welcome.

Ruhi said: “There was no violence or anything, they just made it clear he had to leave.”

When the man got off the train the carriage erupted into applause.

“I’d never seen anything like it,” said Ruhi. “I have never felt more proud of being a Geordie.

“It was lovely that everyone came together to help us and I can’t thank them all enough.

“It made me feel really optimistic and hopeful.”

Ruhi has now reported the attack to police.

She added: “After what happened in Paris I have felt a bit paranoid.

“But why should we? Just because of a few extremist people.”

Katrina Barber, 41, was sitting opposite Ruhi, who was wearing a burka, on the Metro.

She said: “They were a lovely couple of girls.

“We were talking about the weather being cold before this man came up and started shouting at them for no reason.

“He was quite intimidating and was screaming in a really violent way.

“A lady and her daughter moved out of the way because they were so scared.

“But other people just jumped to her defence and, in the end, everyone came together and made it clear we would not stand for this type of behaviour.

“I was so moved by what happened, I gave the girls a hug as I got off.”

Police today said they were investigating the incident which happened last Saturday.

Ruhi’s story has also had a strong reaction on social media from people praising the actions of the passengers.

Sharon Kelly, managing director at DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates the Metro, said: “We urge anyone with information about this incident to contact the police.

Read more: Woman launches into vile racist rant on bus telling black man ‘you’re inferior’

“The safety of our passengers is paramount. I can assure customers that incidents of this nature are rare on Metro and they will not be tolerated.

“A police investigation into this matter is now underway and we will work with them to help trace those responsible.”

Metro Inspector Ian King said: “We have received a report of an alleged racist incident happening on a Metro train at around 4:45pm on Saturday, November 21.

Northumbria Police take a hard stance against any form of attack on any minority group or individual and officers will be investigating this report.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 191 23/11/15.”

See also here.

Thugs chant ‘ISIS go home’ as they beat Scottish takeaway owner hours after Paris terror attacks: here.

Australian state-funded networks provide platform for extreme right: here.

Anti-Muslim rallies in Australia: A byproduct of the “war on terror”: here.

Refugees news update

This video from Canada says about itself:

Refugees Welcome! March Through Vancouver

6 September 2015

Rally held today on Coast Salish Territories, standing up with the global movement in solidarity with refugees and demanding Canada repeal exclusionary refugee policies. Part of 18 actions across the country.

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan in Canada:

Canada: Right seeks to whip up backlash against refugees

24 November 2015

A right-wing, fear-mongering campaign has been whipped up in Canada by much of the political establishment and media in the 10 days since the Paris terrorist attacks.

Claiming that Syrian refugees constitute a “security threat,” the Conservatives and other right-wing forces are demanding the new Liberal government abandon its pledge to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees in the country by the end of 2015. Many have baldly declared that “Harper was right,” a reference to the former Conservative Prime Minister who callously resisted demands to take in more than a trickle of refugees and put in place mechanisms to effectively prohibit Syrian Muslims from finding refuge in Canada.

The latest attempt to whip up an anti-refugee backlash has included open Islamophobic appeals and has helped fuel a wave of attacks and threats against Canada’s Muslims.

By Martin Kreikenbaum in Germany:

Thousands of refugees stuck on the Balkan route

24 November 2015

Thousands of refugees have been stranded along the Balkan route with almost no care or accommodation after the Balkan countries Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia virtually closed their borders to refugees last week, only allowing asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq to cross.

The borders were shut under pressure from Germany and France so as to allegedly prevent Islamist terrorists from entering the European Union (EU). In fact, the measure, which represents a blatant violation of international agreements on the protection of refugees, is aimed at repulsing as many asylum seekers as possible at Europe’s borders.

At the weekend, the aid organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) counted up to 6,000 refugees who were temporarily stranded near the Greek city of Idomeni at the Macedonian border and prevented from travelling further. The temporary refugee camp had places for just 900 refugees. Thousands of refugees, including the elderly, children and pregnant women, had to sleep in the open in pouring rain and freezing conditions. There was also no provision of food. Instead, the Greek government deployed additional police officers to the border region to prevent refugees from going further.

When a few hundred refugees nonetheless managed to break through police lines, they were intercepted by the Macedonian border police and sent back. Refugees subsequently occupied the only railway connecting Greece with Macedonia. The camp at Idomeni was transformed into a protest camp.

Some refugees have gone on hunger strike and sewn their mouths shut. They have rejected calls from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to return to Athens. “We will cross or die,” they cried. On quickly improvised banners, they demanded to be allowed to continue their journey. “We are not terrorists. We are just looking for a better life. Please let us go,” one stated.

The division of refugees into national groups has produced bizarre scenes. One family was refused the right to enter Macedonia because only the husband could produce an Afghan passport, while the wife and children only had Iranian citizenship. Thirty-year-old Mohammed Mirzam told news broadcaster Al-Jazeera, “We’re trapped. … They won’t let my family across. We have no money, and we’re waiting without any idea of what is to happen.” Other Afghans were not allowed to cross because they were accused of allegedly falsifying travel documents.

The humanitarian crisis now emerging along the Balkan route began on 19 November, when the Slovenian government announced it would not allow any more economic migrants into the country. A police spokesman told Reuters, “More and more people have entered the country over recent days who we have good reason to believe are economic migrants.” Slovenia would thus only accept migrants from countries where armed conflict was taking place.

But it is the governments in Germany and France who initiated the partial border closings. They are exploiting the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13 to further seal off Europe from refugees.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called for a “significant strengthening of measures to secure European borders” at a meeting of justice and interior ministers in Brussels last Tuesday. The ministers subsequently agreed that refugees would not only be fingerprinted during registration, but also checked against databases of the European security agencies. Police officers from Europol and the border agencies will supervise the registration at the “hot spots”.

Slovenia, unlike the neighbouring EU member Croatia, is also part of the Schengen zone. In border management, it works closely with the Austrian and German governments. It is therefore likely that the idea of a partial border closing originated with German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, who has been agitating for stronger restrictions on the inflow of refugees for weeks. This is also suggested by the justification offered by the Slovenian government. It declared that only refugees from countries at war or in military conflict would gain asylum in Germany and other European countries, while all others would be rejected as “economic migrants”.

The Slovenian government’s move was part of a domino effect in Serbia, Macedonia and Croatia. According to a report by German public broadcaster ARD’s “Tagesschau”, the European Commission in Brussels pressed for the borders to be closed. “That is the intention of Juncker’s plan, that the humanitarian aspect, meaning any assistance, is limited to those affected by war.”

Serbia’s labour and social minister Aleksandr Vulin said his government had no other option but to follow the example of Slovenia and Croatia. “We need to protect our country, and that is why we have brought in reciprocal measures toward those for whom Croatia and Slovenia have no room. We will not allow into Serbia anyone who cannot continue their journey.”

Since the change in course by Slovenia and Croatia was so obviously agreed with the European Union and Germany, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski also announced the closure of the border. At the same time, he warned the EU against exploiting his country as a buffer zone against “economic migrants.”

Gruevski recently was informed at a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban about the Hungarian approach of sealing its borders. Macedonia subsequently also began the construction of a barbed wire fence made available by the Hungarian government.

The sealing of the borders for refugees not from Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq represents a serious violation of human rights, since everyone is entitled to an individual review of an asylum application. For refugees who cannot produce any papers, which is hardly unusual after several weeks of travel, face checks are used to determine who will be allowed to travel further.

“What is taking place here is racial profiling instead of the individual reviewing of each case in accordance with the law,” stated Hagen Kopp from Project Moving Europe. It remains completely unclear why refugees from Eritrea or Somalia are being turned away at the borders, even though they are among those whose need for protection is high within the EU.

The spokeswoman for the UNHCR in Athens, Ketty Kehayioylou, in the Guardian criticised the claim that the rejection of refugees was a necessary measure to prevent terrorists from entering Europe. “This business of placing restrictions and erecting fences to keep terrorists out when terrorists are already in their countries makes no sense whatsoever. Profiling by nationality defies every convention”, she said.

In addition, human rights activists are contending that the conditions facing refugees worsen considerably when borders are closed and they are left in a legal no man’s land. “We fear that precisely at the onset of winter, people will be stranded without accommodation, food or assistance,” a spokesman from MSF said in Serbia.

Thousands of refugees already live homeless on the streets and squares of Athens. … Instead of accepting the refugees who are in need of protection, the EU is using batons and barbed wire against them, leaving them to their fate as winter begins.

Britain: TENS of thousands of refugees and migrants will lose English language lessons as a result of the government’s adult education cuts, it was revealed yesterday: here.

German arsonist burns refugees’ home

This video says about itself:

Germany remembers Turks who died in 1993 arson which raised fears over neo-nazi threat

30 May 2013

Twenty years after two women and three children of Turkish origin were killed in an arson attack in western Germany by right-wing extremists, survivors and German officials have remembered those who died. Relatives of the victims of the 1993 attack spoke at a remembrance service of the need to “live in friendship, respect and tolerance”, while the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister spoke out against racism.

Translated from DPA news agency in Germany:

Arson in refugees’ home

11.24.2015, 08:49

An unknown person has set on fire in northern Germany a multi-family house, in which ten refugees were also housed. A 76-year-old and a 14-year-old girl had to go to a hospital with suspected smoke inhalation poisoning.

According to police the fire had been set on Monday night in the basement of the house. As the smoke went into the stairwell, for a total of 35 residents their escape route was cut off. The firefighters had to rescue people with a ladder.

The house in Woldegk in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is uninhabitable for the time being. The residents had to be housed in temporary shelters.

Wales against neo-nazi rally

This video about Wales says about itself:

Leanne Wood: The leader of Plaid Cymru – in 60 seconds

1 April 2015

Leanne Wood (born 13 December 1971) became the first female leader of Plaid Cymru on 15 March 2012.

Born in the Rhondda, Wales, Ms Wood has represented the South Wales Central region as a Member of the National Assembly for Wales since 2003.

By Meic Birtwistle in Llangefni in Wales:

Anglesey town stands up to fascists

Monday 23rd November 2015

A FAR-RIGHT rally in north Wales was outnumbered 10 to one by anti-fascist counterdemonstrators at the weekend.

Fewer than 50 racists from the so-called Infidels of North Wales brandished Combat 18 banners, together with Infidels and white power flags, in the Anglesey town of Llangefni.

Their hate-fuelled gathering was overshadowed by a rival event that had been organised by local anti-racist activists to celebrate diversity on the island after they heard that the Infidels planned to protest against immigration.

In an inspiring expression of unity, Ynys Mon Labour MP Albert Owen shared a platform with Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood in the square at Llangefni, surrounded by their supporters.

The crowd of some 400 ignored snow showers as they listened to the speakers and an ad-hoc salsa band.

“The weather won’t dampen our spirits. Wherever there is fascism, we will stand up against it,” Mr Owen vowed.

Ms Wood told the crowd: “Wales is a country based on immigration. Our communities are built on it and we are the richer for it.”

Plaid and Labour placards and Unite and Unison flags, as well as a wide range of individual banners, were carried at the event.

As soon as the small but vocal far-right rally entered the square, it was hemmed in behind police lines.

The neonazis attempted to goad the anti-facists with racist speeches, nazi salutes, the violent shaking of crash barriers and a large picture of Enoch Powell.

There are believed to be barely half a dozen far-right activists in the economically depressed town, with the vast majority of those who attended Saturday’s rally having come from north-west England.