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Right-wing extremist groups plan march through Swansea

03 Apr 2023 4 minute read
Leaked messaged have revealed plans for a ‘No to 15 minute cities’ protest in Swansea

Leaked messages have revealed that multiple far right extremist groups will come together to march through Swansea in a protest against ’15 minute cities’.

Voice of Wales, Welsh Nationalists, Patriotic Alternative Wales and Students Against Tyranny have all sent invitations via an encrypted messaging service to their members about a planned protest in Swansea town centre on May 7.

The leaked messages reveal the demonstration will be in support of the ‘No to 15 minute cities’ conspiracy theory and will begin outside Swansea Prison.

The ’15-minute cities’ concept has gathered pace in recent years as local governments try to find ways to cut down on carbon emissions and traffic with some people believing it is a plot to remove rights and stop people from leaving their neighbourhood.

Banned

Far right media outlet, Voice of Wales sent details of the protest to their members via their Telegram group chat channels.

Voice of Wales had its YouTube channel permanently banned in 2021 for breaching terms of service following accusations of racist and unacceptable language.

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.

The group strongly opposes the net zero target and have more recently focused heavily on asylum seeker accommodation in Wales, regularly publishing footage of hotels housing migrants.

Students Against Tyranny also posted the Swansea protest invitation to its members indicating the rally would include guest speakers.

Students Against Tyranny

Network

The group 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.

Although small in size, the group has been backed by Voice of Wales and its network spans Telegram channels across the UK.

Patriotic Alternative Wales is also planning to take part in the Swansea protest and has been described at the UK’s most active fascist organisation, infiltrating Facebook community groups, staging anti-migrant protests and leafleting communities that provide asylum seeker accommodation.

The group recently sent leaflets to a community in Llantwit Major in February after Vale of Glamorgan Council announced that temporary houses for refugees would be built on the site of a closed-down primary school.

The leaflets promoted a protest against the development and read: “Llantwit says no to a migrant camp” and: “No more migrants – Wales is full”.

David Lawrence, Senior Researcher at Hope Not Hate said: Patriotic Alternative remains small, with an active membership in the low hundreds, and is desperate for relevance. As a result, it downplays its extremism when dealing with the public and tries to co-opt existing local concerns as their own.

“Because Patriotic Alternative is highly active and relatively well organised there is a risk it may succeed in inflaming local tensions, growing its brand in the process. However, the large majority of the public would run a mile if PA was honest about what it stands for – crank conspiracy theories and a fetish for the Third Reich.”

Far right extremist group the Welsh Nationalists also sent an invitation to the Swansea protest organised for May 7.

Above the invitation, an image of a white child sat amongst black children can be seen in the thread with the caption: “If only you knew how bad things really are.”

The Welsh Nationalist group also sent the invitation to members

Protest

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.”

Chief Inspector Declan Cahill of South Wales Police said: “We are aware of a demonstration which is planned to take place in Swansea City Centre on Sunday 7th May.

“Officers will be on duty to facilitate a peaceful demonstration and prevent disruption to the wider community.”

Swansea Council declined to comment.


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Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
10 months ago

The fascism continues apace….fuelled by ignorance as usual.

hdavies15
hdavies15
10 months ago

Extreme right wingers, extreme left wingers – no difference, just hysterical fantasists that need putting down. All these wasters have axes to grind, ishoos blown up out of all proportion. Pseudo socialists wanting to solve all sort of problems except those that affect our local communities, wannabe nazis wanting to reject/expel brown faces not seeing how many of them are adding value to this crummy country we live in. If they want to be nasty turn the nastiness towards our ruling politicians who run the UK and Wales, and save some for the big businesses that rip us off –… Read more »

Iago Prydderch
Iago Prydderch
10 months ago

How can this group claim to be the voice of Wales when their logo has a dragon on a Union flag! No single group or party has the right to be the sole voice of Wales whether it’s on the right or left. Wales can be better than have groups or individuals who promote hatred based on race, nationality, religion, class, or wealth. Some comments posted on these articles have extreme views and should be questioned. Extreme views don’t exist only on the right. To gain independence requires people of all of Wales to come together and not be spoiled… Read more »

Llyn
Llyn
10 months ago
Reply to  Iago Prydderch

Before the last Senedd elections members of the far-right Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party actively campaigned with their fellow travellers in Voice of Wales.

Ivor Schilling
Ivor Schilling
10 months ago
Reply to  Iago Prydderch

The problem here is that we are not permitted the space within civil society to discuss, freely and openly, the issue of mass migration. Consequently, such discussion is forced into the margins, where the swastika brigade mop up the interest all for themselves. We should be entitled to speak in Wales on immigration, refugees, pressure upon public services and upon culture and identity. Not least because we are already in a far more precarious situation in all these matters than are larger neighbouring countries. As ever, Plaid Cymru is completely and utterly domesticated into these imported narratives. They won’t bring… Read more »

Last edited 10 months ago by Ivor Schilling
Karl
Karl
10 months ago
Reply to  Ivor Schilling

But the far right don’t listen. They spout lies and that’s it. They read the fascist rags and bleet lies. How can you have discussion with conspiracy theorists? The BBC gives the far right way to much airtight me to lie already on question time and such. Migration is used as a weapon, rather than discussed.

dafydd ap Godzilla Fawr
dafydd ap Godzilla Fawr
10 months ago

“Patriotic Alternative Wales … has been described at the UK’s most active fascist organisation”

Apart from the Conservative Party, obvs.

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
10 months ago

Are the English Nationalist party marching better known by their false name the Tory party or the NASTY PARTY

Riki
Riki
10 months ago

So being a “Welsh nationalist” automatically means you are far right? I have many liberal views, many conservative ones too! I’m sick of people claiming my views no matter what side is incorrect. Can’t I simply be a Proud Cymric person who wants what’s best for myself and my people? Why is that automatically seen as Shameful and Marginalising others? It’s not that you dislike anyone else’s views or Nationality, rather having love for your own. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure their are plenty of Fascists among them, Voice of Wales is very pro Anglo, and anti Cymro… Read more »

Last edited 10 months ago by Riki
Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
10 months ago
Reply to  Riki

Very good comment. I agree.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
10 months ago

The recruiters from the Home Office, London Met, Serco, Border Force, DWP, Smart Meter Installers, Tory Ministers of State and Camp Trustees will be there in force…

Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
10 months ago

They’ll all probably end up in The Potters Wheel.

Phillip John Rees
Phillip John Rees
10 months ago

Pseudo Right Wing flagging what they believe are ‘Peoples Rights’. If the past is anything to go by the only ‘rights’ are what they believe in, what suits their narrow road that is fueled by lack of empathy, education. Bouyed by aggression and the same nonsense that filled heads that supported Mosely, Hitler and the like.

Nia James
Nia James
10 months ago

Small group of ultra-Brits who’ll receive over the top media attention. This is how the NF, BNP and UKIP started and then suddenly everyone is talking about them

Ivor Schilling
Ivor Schilling
10 months ago
Reply to  Nia James

That is true.

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