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Riots in Luton and media apologism for fascist violence

Smiffy | 26.05.2009 12:07 | Anti-racism | Repression | Social Struggles | Liverpool


A couple of days ago, "up to 400 people set off on a planned peaceful protest" in Luton, in opposition to "demonstrations at an Armed Forces homecoming parade earlier this year," according to BBC News. However, despite the professed "peaceful" intent, "nine men were arrested" after "an Asian man was assaulted, a shop window was smashed and several cars were damaged in the town centre."

Ostensibly, these events were part of a counter-protest, in response to a protest by British Muslims took place during a homecoming parade by the Royal Anglian Regiment. At the time, I argued that "the narrowness of debate and the extreme readiness to advocate suppression of speech when discussing this issue has highlighted a serious deficit in our democracy" and that "if this is a democracy, then the absolute right to protest anything and to say anything - even if it is offensive, ignorant, or wrong - should be a basic, universal benchmark."

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  1. You are in the wrong place — Pete
  2. Re: You are in the wrong place — Anonymous
  3. No platform — Pete
  4. @pete — An Anarchist of London
  5. I agree... — Rudeboy
  6. Re: No platform — Anonymous
  7. Hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!!! — ted
  8. Pete the wishy washy liberal — anon