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Swansea "white pride" rally leads to row between council and police

By EvansTheCrime  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

By Jason Evans / jason.evans@swwmedia.co.uk / @EvansTheCrime

The "white pride" rally at Swansea castle.

The "white pride" rally at Swansea castle.

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SATURDAY’S so-called white pride rally in Swansea has caused an unexpected breach of the peace — a public spat between the council and police.

The leader of the local authority has accused the police of going back on assurances that the event would not be allowed to go ahead — but police have said they are legally obliged to facilitate protest, and at no stage was the rally ever called off.

Around white pride 40 activists staged a rally in the shadow of Swansea Castle on Saturday afternoon, where they were met by a counter-demo organised by Swansea Trades Council.

Swansea Council leader David Philips said: “Let me be very clear — there was no misunderstanding over this rally — there was no breakdown in negotiations on our side.

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“The police had made their position very explicit — the rally wasn’t to be permitted.

“What they actually did on Saturday was in complete contradiction to the assurances they had repeatedly given to myself, my authority and the local AM Julie James.

“I am extremely disappointed that despite their repeated assurances to the contrary, the police facilitated the rally to happen.”

He added he was going to complain to the South Wales Police commissioner, Alun Michael, and the force’s chief constable, Peter Vaughan, about what had happened.

Negotiations had been under way for a number of weeks between rally organisers, the council and police to find a suitable venue.

The Post understands the council offered the use of either the former Felindre industrial site off junction 46 of the M4, or land in Swansea docks, neither of which were acceptable to organisers.

On Thursday, Unite Against Fascism (UAF) Wales — which was formerly chaired by Mr Phillips — said the lack of agreement on a suitable venue meant the event was therefore off.

However, the Evening Post carried a story on Friday saying as far as the police were concerned, the rally was still going ahead.

The event duly went ahead, with two arrests being made on the day — both of members of the counter demonstration.

A spokesman for South Wales Police said at no stage had the rally been called off.

He added: “The police are legally obliged to facilitate protests within public areas.”

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 09 2014, 11:08AM

    GarethGaggsOwen I would never describe myself as a communist, we see the evils of such countries all to clear in N Korea and China. What i stand for is true freedom and equally. For me the world is my country and science is my religion. Personally i am pro EU and pro devolution. I see immigration as a good thing, and the free movement of people with in the EU as one of the greatest achievements of our time. Increasingly globalization will bring about many positive changes, who knows in 200 or so years time when the whole world is fully developed we wouldn't just have a European Union but a world union. Now wouldn't that be something worth seeing. A world without passports, a world where people will be citizens of planet Earth.

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 09 2014, 10:57AM

    chelsea1955 this great nation does allow free speech, even to those we find repugnant.

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 09 2014, 10:54AM

    GaggsOwen I don't think it's a mark of your braveness that you show the world exactly who you are, it just confirms your stupidity.

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  • chelsea1955  |  April 08 2014, 11:38PM

    SEEMS LIKE ERIC IS THE CLASSIC UAF SITTING THERE WAVING HIS LITTLE FLAG FOR FREEDOM OF PALESTINE, FREE SPEECH FOR ALL WHITE PRIDE, NF, WDL AND THE FLAG WAVERS UAF WHO HAVE NOT GOT A CLUE

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  • GaggsOwen  |  April 08 2014, 8:27PM

    Neathboy234 you can see now i dont need to hide as i believe in what i say do you ?????????????????

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  • Eric_Pode  |  April 08 2014, 8:24PM

    Wow, they're putting the cans and pints of free speech away tonight as if it was addictive.

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  • GaggsOwen  |  April 08 2014, 8:12PM

    Neathboy234 can you tell me when im supposed to have said i dont support the NF or is it just more commie lies and White Pride World Wide is for any White person who is PROUD of there HISTORY

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  • GaggsOwen  |  April 08 2014, 8:07PM

    Neathboy234 White Pride was not only NF its is for EVERY WHITE person who is proud of there Forefathers and there History

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  • GaggsOwen  |  April 08 2014, 8:04PM

    Neathboy234 i never said i dont support the NF can you show me where and when i said it or are you just spouting more commie lies

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 08 2014, 7:22PM

    GarethGaggsOwen so you were there were you. I thought you said earlier that you didn't support the NF

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