Tag Archives: UDA

What we can learn from Belfast: former combatants and shades of grey

At the beginning of September I wrote about the violence following a parading dispute in North Belfast, in the aftermath of which police and community leaders raised fears of a repeat during the centennial commemorations of the signing of the Ulster Covenant at the end of September. In the event, however, these fears were not […]

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Beginner’s guide to new groups on Britain’s far right

With the rapid decline in the British National Party’s (BNP) electoral fortunes, and with the English Defence League now counting their demonstrators in the hundreds as supposed to the thousands (did you see our survey?), it may look as though Britain’s far-right has gone quiet. The failure of the far right to capitalise on the […]

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United Kingdom Tracker 03.10.12

Belfast Telegraph: BNP leader Nick Griffin faces police probe over ‘fenian bastards’ sectarian tweet during procession: “Police are investigating a complaint that controversial BNP leader Nick Griffin was responsible for “inciting hatred” after making a foul-mouthed sectarian remark about Catholics. The far-right MEP described republicans as “fenian bastards” on Twitter, hours after a surprise appearance at Stormont.” […]

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More of the same in Northern Ireland?

For three nights last week parts of Belfast indulged in what has too often seemed to be the city’s favourite pastime: civil disorder. Confrontations between groups of mainly Protestant youths and the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) left more than 60 policemen and women injured and another stain on Belfast’s steadily recovering reputation. The […]

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United Kingdom Tracker 07.09.12

Belfast Telegraph: Baggott Condemns parade rioting: Violence around controversial parades in Northern Ireland could be linked to social disadvantage in communities left behind by the peace process, the region’s Chief Constable has said. Matt Baggott condemned the three nights of rioting in Belfast that left more than 60 officers injured, but welcomed talks aimed at restoring calm […]

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United Kingdom Tracker 06.09.12

This is Staffordshire: Stoke-on-Trent BNP leader Michael Coleman in court over ‘racist’ blogs: “STOKE-ON-TRENT’S BNP leader posted racist articles on a website including claims the city was being ‘flooded with Muslims and blacks’, a court heard. Former city councillor Michael Coleman has gone on trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court accused of racially-aggravated harassment.” The Guardian: The truth about […]

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United Kingdom Tracker 05.09.12

Yorkshire Evening Post: EDL gang in court over Leeds pub attack: “A gang of English Defence League supporters caused terror when they attacked a pub as an anti-racism rock concert was being staged. Nine members of the gang were handed community sentences yesterday (Sept 3) after a court heard how windows and doors were smashed as bricks and […]

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United Kingdom Tracker 21.08.12

Analysis: Huffington Post UK: Matthew Goodwin: Far Right Violence, More Needs to be Done: “Politicians and security officials tend to dismiss the threat of far right violence and its perpetrators as belonging to the loon fringe. They often reject the argument that -like their religious-motivated counterparts- those on the extreme right-wing can also be driven […]

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