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Police attend Swansea town centre as far right extremist groups attempt to recruit new members

17 Apr 2023 3 minute read
Photo: Gareth Llewelyn Evans

South Wales Police attended Swansea town centre today as a number of far right extremist groups leafleted the town in an attempt to recruit new members.

The groups – Voice of Wales, Students Against Tyranny and Banners on Bridges Cardiff – all sent invitations via an encrypted messaging service encouraging their members to take part in “outreach” work at Castle Square in Swansea today.

Leaflets and stickers were placed around the city by the groups warning against the “15 minute cities” conspiracy theory  which has gathered pace in recent years as local governments try to find ways to cut down on carbon emissions and traffic.

Photo: Gareth Llewelyn Evans

Flyers

Some far right groups believe it is a plot to remove rights and stop people from leaving their neighbourhood.

Flyers distributed around the city claimed the government is planning to make “everything digital” which will prevent people from saving for a rainy day or leaving money for children from the tooth fairy.

Members of the far right media outlet, Voice of Wales attended the gathering alongside extremist groups Students Against Tyranny and Banners on Bridges Cardiff.

Banned

Voice for Wales has its YouTube channel permanently banned in 2021 for breaching terms of service following accusations of racist and unacceptable language and the group’s leaders, Dan Morgan and Stan Robinson were arrested earlier this year for aggravated trespass after staging an anti-vaccine protest at a vaccination centre.

Students Against Tyranny has been involved in organising university demonstrations across the UK with topics that include climate change denial and support for the supposed “victims” of vaccination.

Far right group, Banners on Bridges Cardiff is an outgrowth of the COVID-conspiracy movement, trying to organise people across the UK to stand by roadsides and bridges with yellow signs bearing conspiratorial messages.

Photo: Gareth Llewelyn Evans

March

Banners on Bridges shares Tommy Robinson content via their Telegram channel and supports conspiracy theory demos along with Voice of Wales and Students against tyranny events.

The extremist groups are planning a march through Swansea in May in protest against the “15 minute cities” concept which South Wales Police (SWP) will attend.

A SWP spokesperson said: “We are aware of the protest next month and said: “Officers will be on duty to facilitate a peaceful demonstration and prevent disruption to the wider community.”

Photo: Gareth Llewelyn Evans

“Harmful”

David Lawrence, Senior Researcher at Hope Not Hate said: “Campaigning against 15 minute cities is proving to be another avenue for far right activity.

“The majority of people campaigning against new traffic measures don’t step into harmful territory and would be appalled to discover the hateful motivations behind fellow protestors.

“However, the far right and their conspiracy theorist friends base their arguments on fundamentally antisemitic ideas of shadowy global elites controlling events from afar.”

Photo: Gareth Llewelyn Evans

Nation.Cymru approached South Wales Police for comment.


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Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
10 months ago

They should march through Waun Wen and Townhill. See how hard they think they are then.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
10 months ago

There seem to be more “organisations” than individuals and the police appear to have taken a look at the great unwashed completely ignoring these idiots and gone for a pint down Wind Street.

Welsh patriot
Welsh patriot
10 months ago

The extremist right wing loons have been let out on day release, what utter trash full of hatred bile and outlandish pathetic conspiracy theories.

Harry Williamson
Harry Williamson
10 months ago

A tiny turnout that had little impact. BTW, Swansea is a city, so your article should have said city centre not town centre

Taffwimp 55
Taffwimp 55
10 months ago

Before believing this nonsense, take a moment to think and maybe look into it. It wasn’t a “far right extremist group ” it was a group of people trying to raise awareness about the implementation of 15 minute cities, it’s a very bad thing being portrayed as a good thing, the reason being apparent “climate change ” .. . Maybe Read up on subjects before commenting such negative things guys.

Jon Summers
Jon Summers
10 months ago

It’s disappointing that there wasn’t more focus, and interest for that matter, in this story than on the naming of a national park. The far right see Wales as being a fertile breeding ground, perhaps correctly given the low-level racism in some quarters. We should not be complacent.

Glen
Glen
10 months ago

Far right or an OAP day trip.
Why do lefties describe anyone and everyone with a different opinion to their own as ‘far right’ or nazi?

Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards
10 months ago
Reply to  Glen

Agree. Keep this in proportion. For example, why did the police attend? Who exactly was going to breach the peace? Anyone know how this turned out?

hdavies15
hdavies15
10 months ago
Reply to  Glen

The main reason is lack of vocabulary which is rooted in laziness, parroting sound bites and phrases designed by “thought leaders” who don’t do much thinking but lots of plotting. In any case, this “left versus right” nonsense is part of a bigger plot to keep populations divided and cause odd bits of violence which are then used to bring in even more draconian police powers. The higher level Pseudo socialists and nazis all enjoy suppression of human rights so no real difference in their willingness to be manipulators whose end game is big government in a bond with big… Read more »

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
9 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

“manipulators whose end game is big government in a bond with big business and financial institutions”…..peddling anti-semitic tropes as well now…..can’t say im surprised

Marc
Marc
10 months ago
Reply to  Glen

And why do you describe anyone and everyone with a different opinion to you as Lefties?

Last edited 10 months ago by Marc
Marc Evans
Marc Evans
10 months ago

The same groups targeted the Cardiff Metropolitan University campus on Western Avenue last week, hanging banners from the pedestrian bridge and handing out their leaflets. The same leaflets were also surreptitiously seeded into the community information and newspaper displays at the adjacent Tesco stores on Western Avenue. I read the leaflet and checked out their website(s) and researched Stan Robinson. While the leaders of ‘Voice of Wales’ have been reported as being UKIP members (and endorsed by that party) they have repeatedly been caught advancing anti-demicratic, hateful and tedentious claims targeting ethnic minorities. Their vaccine lies would have killed millions… Read more »

Last edited 10 months ago by Marc Evans
Erisian
Erisian
10 months ago

A dangerous mixture of the deluded, the mis-informed and some very poisonous manipulators trying to redirect our justifyable anger and dissapointment against the wrong targets. We know what is to blame for our poverty and insecurity and it isn’t the ‘Woke’ of the ‘Outsiders’ it’s Conservative politics and corporate greed.

Phil
Phil
10 months ago

Just because they question or disagree with the Green narrative doesn’t necessarily make them ‘right wing’

hdavies15
hdavies15
10 months ago
Reply to  Phil

Green orthodoxy is deluded nonsense. There are other green options available to our society but they require us all to make serious choices about how we live. Right now most “choices” are forced on the public while elitist cliques still romp around spewing out all sorts of effluent and other toxins and expecting the impoverished public to pick up the tab. Sounds like elitist fascism to me. Certainly not a socialist ideal.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
9 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Unsurprisingly hitler and mussolini were also always railing against so called ‘elites’….nuff said

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