A NEONAZI march on Merseyside will go ahead this weekend because police did not ask the Home Office to block it, officials revealed yesterday.
The “White Man March” arranged by the far-right National Action is planned for tomorrow in Liverpool, even after organisers sent threats of violence to Mayor Joe Anderson for trying to stop their racist rally.
The letter threatened to make the “city go up in flames,” beat up black people and “pay [Mr Anderson] a visit.”
A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: “At this stage there are no grounds for the force to make an application to ban this parade and in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998, the force will facilitate peaceful protest.”
This allowance was made despite the police having seen and “assessed” the threat sent to the mayor.
The Home Office told the Star that “the police have a range of powers to deal with demonstrations” and that they have to apply to have a protest banned — suggesting that the force has not done so.
Councillors, union members, faith groups and local people have vowed to counter the fascists’ hatred and will rally from 11am at William Brown Street, organised by Merseyside Unite Against Fascism.
Paul Jenkins of UAF said: “People have been outraged by recent comments from the fascists directed towards Mr Anderson and to the city of Liverpool.
“The best response we can give is for as many people as possible to outnumber the neonazis and to show them that anti-racists are the majority.”
The Merseyside Jewish Representative Council sent messages of support for the UAF rally, adding that the racist march “has no place here in Liverpool or anywhere else in the UK.”