The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 5th October 2018

Standing up to fascists at the Old Bailey

by New Worker correspondent

HUNDREDS of racists turned up outside the Old Bailey in London last week to support Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the English Defence League (EDL), who is trying to overturn a contempt of court conviction. But a small band of anti-fascists defied Robinson’s supporters in a counter-demonstration, called by Stand Up to Racism and Unite Against Fascism to oppose attempts by Robinson and his crew to spread their racism in London.

The Robinson supporters included a number of hard-core Nazis, UKIP supporters and the usual ‘football lads’ thugs whose racist threats and jeers only ceased when the police intervened to prevent violence. The City of London police later said they had made one arrest, connected to the demonstration, for a breach of the peace.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennox, was originally jailed for 13 months in May, but this was overturned last month and he was released on bail. His retrial has now been adjourned until 23rd October to give lawyers more time to make written submissions of their legal arguments. The judge will then decide whether to have a full hearing of the case.