Britain First: “You’re not welcome, pack your bags and leave Wales”
Racist right-wing group Britain First who held a “day of action” in Bridgend were told “they’re not welcome” and “to pack their bags.”
Yesterday six members of the hate group stuck leaflets on cars at the McArthur Glen shopping centre on the outskirts of Bridgend and distributed others in the town centre itself.
They posted a six-minute video online afterwards showing themselves arguing with locals who took offence at their presence.
A message with their video states: “HQ is very encouraged any our growing presence in Wales and we hope to massively expand our activities in this pro-Brexit region.”
The group, which is based in Belfast, northern Ireland and has links with far-right unionists there, have been hounded out of Liverpool and other towns and cities.
They have been targeting refugees who they have described as “illegal immigrants” and have stormed into buildings such as hotels where people have been staying.
But to the disgust of viewers, the group used Wales’ national anthem Hen Wlad fy Nhadau as background music on the video, despite using the Union Jack and purporting to be British nationalist “patriots.
On the video a man with a London accent is heard to talk to so-called regional organiser Carl Burgess about Britain First “trying to get into the shopping centre but they were a bit funny about that one.”
The London visitor then accosts and films two young men without their permission.
When they tell him that Britain First are “racist and notorious” the pushy man then moves on to argue with two elderly women.
One of the women tells him: “I am 80 years old and I want a free Wales. I have always wanted independence.”
The man is shocked to hear her views and asks her: “Are you OK with immigration?”
When the woman replies: “Yes”, he concludes: “So you want the English out and immigrants in?”
After viewing the odious video, Race Equality Cymru chair Ray Singh told nation.cymru the group were “not welcome in Wales” and for them to “pack their bags.”
Mr Singh said: “I’ve seen the video and I’m very troubled. Enoch Powell and the Rivers of Blood were comprehensively rejected by the United Kingdom. And Wales, in particular, has a very clear policy which is we in Wales are resolved to work hard towards a society we all want to see – a society that is pro-acitively anti-racist and inclusive – a truly equal society.
“This morning the First Minister’s message was very clear on those lines and I will call on the leaders of all the legitimate political parties here in Wales to join me in condemning the direction of this divisive group of activists here in Wales. They are not welcome here; they must pack their bags and return to wherever they came to.
“Their propoganda is absolutely horrendous and to go around affecting black people, Muslims and others with the messages they are sending – to gain power which they never will do – if they were in power they will in fact hang them. Well, they are absolutely and utterly out of tune with what the world is looking at here in Wales.
“My message is very clear – they are not welcome here and people of Bridgend, in particular, and Carwyn Jones must make sure that the people of Bridgend completely reject these people in imposing their so-called exporters here in Wales.”