Members of Lancashire’s trades unions will be taking part in a counter protest against an anti-refugee rally in Preston this weekend.
The Lancashire Association of Trades Union Councils (LATUC), part of the national Trades Union Congress, has called an anti-racist/fascist demonstration against the North West Infidels march and rally in Preston on Saturday.
The LATUC rally will take place at 1pm on the Flag Market in Preston - an hour before the planned Infidels rally.
Peter Billington, LATUC secretary, said: “We have called a peaceful demonstration to show that the so-called NW Infidels are not welcome in Preston. No-one invited these people into the city.
“The vast majority of people in Preston are totally opposed to all those who promote racism in our society.
“The lessons of history show that racism, fascism, and bigotry, if unchallenged, provoke fear and intimidation.
“We believe that diversity is strength and a cause for celebration, and that those who promote racism divide our community. We urge all community groups, trade unionists, political parties, faith groups and others to come along and take a stand against those who promote racist and fascist political views.”
The North West Infidels have refused to speak to the Evening Post about their plans, but so far 244 people have signed up to attend the rally in a “prime spot” in the city centre.
A member posted, saying that all pro-white European groups were welcome at the demonstration and welcome to fly their flags and banners. He also invited them to speak.
The council and police say they are working with organisers so that the event passes off peacefully, but previous events held by the group have resulted in violent scenes.