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Lincoln anti-racism group public meeting against East Anglian Patriots protest

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

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A campaign group set up to counter racism in Lincoln has called a public meeting next week.

The announcement comes in response to plans for an anti-mosque demonstration in the city in the new year.

Lincoln Against Racism and Fascism, which was originally set up in 2006 to oppose the rise of the British National Party, was re-launched at a public meeting in June.

The group's relaunch followed a "unity against racism" protest organised by Lincoln & District TUC which was held to oppose activity in the city by the East Anglian Patriots.

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Nick Parker, spokesperson for the newly-reformed group, said: "We don't believe that the so-called East Anglian Patriots represent our community. We want to give people the chance to come together to oppose the racism and division that the EAP stands for.

"We want to unite people in demanding decent jobs, homes and services for everyone."

The public meeting will take place on tonight at 7pm at Lincoln Labour Club, which is behind the Odeon Cinema, on Newland.

The EAP planned protest has been announced to take place on Saturday, January 18.

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  • jimub40  |  December 17 2013, 5:57PM

    Very true nickythenark and as for you Jane Thompson you dont even deserve to be in this fine country my grandfather was a d-day casualty and an English patriot would you call him a racist or fascist grow up you silly little girl.

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  • Pete67  |  December 13 2013, 1:31PM

    JaneThompson - - - You have to be joking. The police a very wary of going to that area at the best of times. A friend of mine who had just moved to the area and got beat up in one of the pubs the 'don't' go in .The pub later got burned out (like many in that area), and was quickly bought up for a meeting centre for the area. The police said he must have aggravated them. A friend of my Mother in Law's got beat up because he had to stop because one of their children ran out. he luckily missed her, but ended up in hospital - did the police do anything - no.

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  • JaneThompson  |  December 13 2013, 10:34AM

    Pete, If your 'Muslim friend' was threatened he should have reported it to the police. Presumably you'd support your friend having a mosque to pray in? There are hundreds of Muslims in the British armed forces. They are patriots. EAP are not patriots. They are an embarrassment to society. Silly boys looking for a misguided cause to fill their pathetic lives with.

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  • Pete67  |  December 13 2013, 9:07AM

    JaneThompson - - - So I suppose the Muslim mate of mine up West Yorkshire must have been a bigot because he came to England to be English. He had to leave the town we lived in through Threats and abuse from his own Countrymen for being 'too English'. If I went to a different Country I would go and change my life to fit in with the people of that Country, and not try to make them fit into mine. I've had to change a lot even coming to Lincolnshire from West Yorkshire, but that's the way it should be, and not expect the local people to adjust to me. I still have my roots, but to change is the only way to get on with the locals. Multicultural has been force on us by politicians because the more expected us to fit in with incomers rather than them fit in with us. Us respectively being of many or no Religions, and from many different Countries over the centuries to be English.

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  • John_C1  |  December 13 2013, 12:33AM

    Sadly another instance of a racist group choosing to hide behind a poorly disguised veil of patriotism to give themselves some much needed credibility. Patriots support their country and look and care for its future, it needs to be grounded with reality and pragmatism. Like it or not, England is now a multicultural society with people of differing political views, religions and idealisms. If you are hoping for a better future, it needs a good foundation of mutual support - start trying to resolve differences and find common ground. Throwing rocks at anyone with a different opinion to yourself is not going to provide the unity we need to build better communities. Give people a reason, whatever their background, to celebrate St Georges day and be proud to live in England and your halfway there.

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  • JaneThompson  |  December 12 2013, 6:56PM

    You're confusing patriot with bigot. The UK is a multicultural society with British Muslims forming part of our fabric. A real patriot would accept the cultural differences.

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  • Pete67  |  December 12 2013, 7:03AM

    I don't understand how at one time to be patriot made you a hero, and these days to be a patriot makes you a fascist?

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  • JaneThompson  |  December 11 2013, 9:41PM

    Just ignore EAP. They are morons who crave attention.

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  • Menshy  |  December 11 2013, 8:34PM

    As far as EAP is concerned IGNORE is probably the best strategy - the attention they get from LARF et al just fuels their fire. Publicity is their oxygen so cut it off and they'll disappear in search of more fertile ground for their protests.

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  • gsx1100  |  December 11 2013, 7:34PM

    Nick Parker is correct. The EAP do not represent our community. Could somebody please get it through to Nick Parker, L&D TUC, LARF, (how apt) etc. etc. that they too, don't represent the community.

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