More than 200 anti-fascists gathered at Holborn tube station to prevent a meeting of the Hungarian fascist party, Jobbik, in central London on 26 January.
The protest was called by Unite Against Fascism when it heard the party’s leader, Gábor Vona intended to come to London to drum up support for his party and meet representatives of the BNP.
“I was proud to be part of the UAF protest,” said Mike Hedges, chair of L&E’s political committee. “Jobbik is a violent Nazi party whose propaganda is full of anti-Semitic and anti-Roma bile. It has a paramilitary wing, which has attacked, maimed and in some cases killed members of minorities.”
With anti-fascist protestors outside Holborn tube, police refused to allow Jobbik supporters out of the station. Meanwhile UAF activists found the three venues Jobbik had booked under false names and persuaded their managements to cancel the bookings.
Later in the day, several dozen Jobbik supporters met in Hyde Park and held a short rally in the rain under police supervision.
• The TUC has added its support to the Stand Up to Racism Rally on Saturday 22 March at 11:00 in central London. The demonstration is one of the Europe-wide events organised to coincide with UN Anti-Racism Day. More information here.