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.
“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.