Far-Right Group Targets East London In 'Christian Patrols'

By BethPH Last edited 40 months ago
Far-Right Group Targets East London In 'Christian Patrols'

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Far-right party Britain First has restarted 'Christian patrols' in east London, calling the area 'Muslim-occupied'.

The Independent report says the group's Facebook page showed members 'driving through east London in an ex-army issue Land Rover' (seriously, could they be any more of a cliché?) claiming they were 'making our streets safe for our people'.

Britain First's latest attempt to patrol the streets is believed to be in response to the terror attacks in Paris, which left 17 people dead. Some London mosques have since received hate mail and death threats. It also follows Steven Emerson's Fox News faux pas in which he declared Birmingham a no-go zone and claimed Muslim 'police' beat Londoners for not wearing religious clothing.

Anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate recently published a report saying support for far-right groups is waning. Matthew Collins, who works with the campaign group, told the Independent that Britain First's patrols were a 'last ditch attempt to attract numbers'.

The party has been repeatedly criticised for using misleading social media campaigns to gain likes and shares for their page. The mother of Fusilier Lee Rigby, murdered in the Woolwich terror attack, condemned them for using her son's death to promote itself. Last November, Britain First were also accused of hijacking Remembrance Day  and animal cruelty campaigns. Their Facebook page was taken down in June 2014 following complaints of hate speech, but was reinstated.

This blog post from anotherangryvoice is a handy guide to why people shouldn't share Britain First posts on Facebook.

Last Updated 20 January 2015

An East Ender.

Their patrol on Friday into Muslim occupied, sharia law controlled East London focussed on driving up Brick Lane and giving leaflets to the tikka touts, who they then filmed shouting at them. As most Londonists will know Brick Lane at the weekend is more Sodom and Gomorra than Sharia, though bearded extremists do charge three pound fifty for a bowl of cereal now. It would be funny except when they post their heavily edited videos on line thousands of people who don't know Brick Lane believe Britain First say and repost the vids so the fear spreads. In their stupid flat caps and their crappy jeep Britain First are radicalising people to hate.


And those cereal extremists are spreading. Be afraid, £3.50 rice krispies are coming for you!

Greg Tingey

Religion, doncha lurve it?
Garuanteed to bring out the bigots & shouters .....
Meanwhile, it is to be hoped that [quote] "Anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate" ... will also target muslim fascists, calling for the killing of jews etc.
Like I said, isn't religion wonderful? (not)

Proud Londoner

I don't see the problem, why can't English Christians, hand out leaflets in there own country. We allow Muslims to hand out leaflets down the same road.Whats the problem?? Why do people get called racists when they where a badge with there national flag? The American president wears his national flag on lapel, is he a racist?