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BREXIT BETRAYAL MARCH: Row erupts over number of anti-EU protesters

December 10, 2018 2:49 PM
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BREXIT BETRAYAL MARCH: Row erupts over number of anti-EU protesters

A ROW has erupted over the numbers of anti-EU protestors attending Tommy Robinson’s ‘Brexit Betrayal’ rally after organisers of a rival protest said they “vastly" outnumbered Ukip supporters.

The English Defence League (EDL) founder turned-Ukip adviser marched with supporters through the streets of London on Sunday before addressing a rally beside Parliament Square. But a war of words has broken out after hard-left Labour grassroots group Momentum said about 15,000 turned up to oppose Mr Robinson's march, claiming opponents "vastly" outnumbered the Ukip-led demonstrators nearly five to one. Ukip spokesman, David Moreland, hit back telling Express.co.uk 50,000 people had turned up to the rally on Saturday, just days before MPs vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said it could not provide estimates on crowd sizes.

However Momentum national co-ordinator Laura Parker said: "Today is a huge blow for Tommy Robinson and his vile, hate-fuelled politics.

"Even with the Ukip machine in tow he only managed to bring a few thousand supporters out on the streets, while we mobilised nearly 15,000 to march against his racism and bigotry."

While, columnist and Momentum supporter Owen Jones said it was a “total and utter humiliation for Tommy Robinson and his band of fascists”.

He said: “Over 15,000 thousand people marched against Tommy Robinson and his fascists.

“Only 3,000, some are saying only 1 and a half thousand, marched with Tommy Robinson, that convicted fraudster and thug and his fascists.

“They didn’t mobilise barely any people on the streets of this capital, despite all their resources, all the money being ploughed in from the US and elsewhere.

“This is a historic day, they came out in tiny derisory numbers while we, those who oppose the scapegoating of migrants, refugees and Muslims, for all the injustices caused by the people at the top of society in this broken system that has to go, we have out mobilised by a massive massive margin.

“A humiliation for Tommy Robinson and fascism and a victory for those standing against racism and fascism.”

But Mr Moreland said 50,000 protestors had gathered in the capital because “we want out”.

He said: “It was a brilliant day, and a true Ukip representation of families and young kids from across the UK.”

Source: express.co.uk

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