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Confusion over Swansea "white pride" rally this afternoon

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

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A SO-CALLED “white pride” rally was due to take place in Swansea city centre this afternoon — amid a chorus of rumour and confusion.

Negotiations on a venue for the event had come to nothing when no agreement could be reached leaving the South Wales Police with a headache as to how to police the event.

Some kind of white pride rally is still expected to take place today, starting around lunch time — though Unite Against Fascism (UAF) Wales have apparently called off the counter-protest it was planning in the city centre.

South Wales Police superintendent Phil Davies of Swansea Central police station said: “As you would expect, officers will be on duty to safeguard the right of the general public to go about their normal business and to ensure any demonstrations do not cause any serious disruption to the city centre.

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“The policing of a similar event last year was very successful, with no arrests and no reported incidents of public disorder.”

Talks between the organisers, Swansea Council and police failed to agree on a suitable venue for the rally — the Evening Post understands the council offered organisers two possible venues, one at the former Felindre industrial site at junction 46 of the M4 motorway, and one in the SA1 docks area, neither of which were accepted.

A statement from the UAF said what it believed the white pride rally was therefore not going ahead. It added that it was calling off the counter-demo it was planning for Castle Square at 11am.

However the Post understands the police are still expecting a gathering of “white pride” activists to go ahead in Swansea — but the location is not known. A similar event last year saw around 60 white pride activists rallying on Swansea’s Museum Green outside the Waterfront Museum — where they were met by a crowd of more than 400 counter-demonstrators.

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 08 2014, 7:27PM

    GarethGaggsOwen I am glad that you are again people like me. For it is people like myself who have made this country into the country that it is today. One of the most tolerant and equal society in the world. We all live in a truly Great Britain, one of which i'm immensely proud of.

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  • GaggsOwen  |  April 08 2014, 7:15PM

    Neathboy234 people like you

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  • GaggsOwen  |  April 08 2014, 7:15PM

    Neathboy234 people like you

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 08 2014, 2:52PM

    GarethGaggsOwen stand up and be counted against what/who!!.

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  • GaggsOwen  |  April 08 2014, 12:47AM

    Neathboy234 Neither acctually as you know so much about me you can see i dont hide behind things i am proud of my heritage and i will stand up and be counted unlike you neathboy234 who are you then ?????????????????

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 07 2014, 5:15PM

    Here are some nice pics from last years events. http://tinyurl.com/p8a67bp

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 06 2014, 10:54PM

    Gareth Gaggs Owen and all NF supporters are little angels. BTW who are you with these day the NF or the BNP. Don't be ashamed tell the world.

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 06 2014, 10:49PM

    Gareth Gaggs Owen and all NF supporters are little angels. BTW who are you with these day the NF or the BNP. Don't be ashamed tell the world.

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  • GaggsOwen  |  April 06 2014, 9:38PM

    Francis the only violent ones are the uaf

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 06 2014, 2:24PM

    carusty i wonder when the NF say locals who exactly do they mean. Out of the 239,023 people living in Swansea(2011) do they mean just the 185,768 born in Wales or does that include the 33,684 born in England as well. I imagine they must include the English people as well as many of the NF supporters on the so called white pride parade were themselves from England, many from the East and West midlands. I must assume that they also include as local the 5006 born in the EU other than the UK and the 11,927 born else where in the world. After all anyone who lives in Swansea is local at the end of the day, including the people who the NF wish to deport.

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