by New Worker correspondent
MORE than 100 local residents and anti-fascists turned out at short notice to bar the progress of a short march by a tiny but toxic group of hard core Nazis in Clapton, East London, on Saturday 18th April. Former National Front leader Martin Webster was among them.
The Nazi march was organised by Eddie Stampton, a man recently photographed by New Worker journalists brandishing a large swastika flag in Whitehall.
He had invited a collection of individuals from an assortment of fascist and racist groups: Britain First, the British National Party, the National Front, the English Defence League and others. But altogether they numbered just 22.
They claimed to be marching in protest at the local Jewish community in Stamford Hill being allowed their own “police force” – mainly to protect the community from anti-Semitic attacks from the friends and associates of Messrs Stampton and Webster.
Stampton had wanted his rally in a park in Stamford Hill right in the middle of the local Jewish community but police redirected their march from Clapton station in the opposite direction to a corner beside the Lea Bridge Roundabout.
The walk was only a couple of hundred metres but it was long and slow as energetic and noisy young anti-fascists blocked the way and had to be forced back inch by inch by police while the Nazis were surround by scores of police to protect them from angry local residents.
Martin Webster launched a vitriolic attack on Jewish community defence organisations – while standing almost on the spot where, in the 1960s, a synagogue was destroyed by arson perpetrated by members of the Greater Britain Movement – of which Martin Webster and his colleague John Tyndall were members at the time.
A group of six Polish fascists invited by Stampton arrived just as the Nazi meeting was finishing.