ANTI-FASCISTS urged police yesterday to come up with arrests over the increasing attacks by racists on mosques and on Jewish cemeteries.
In one of the most recent attacks nazi swastikas and other anti-semitic graffiti was daubed on gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in Manchester, with some memorials toppled.
Police believe the attack happened between 4pm on Saturday and 3.30pm on Sunday last weekend. The attack is the most recent in a series at the cemetery in Rochdale Road, Blackley in Manchester.
Greater Manchester Police Inspector Mike Reid described the latest attack as “a sickening and cruel act of racism.”
But Gerry Gable, editor of respected anti-fascist magazine Searchlight said: “When are police going to make arrests?”
He warned that neo-nazi activity was continuing particularly through the activities of the British Movement, which was founded by the late Colin Jordan, and the Britain First organisation.
“The British Movement has a youth group. They are using Jordan’s writings to change and brainwash kids,” he said.
“They are clearly encouraged by lack of police activity in dealing with a whole series of very nasty attacks up and down the country.”
He said police in London were provided with video and other evidence of neo-nazi activities by some groups, but “nothing happened.”
Inspector Reid in Manchester said: “Extra patrols will be in the area in the coming days both to act as a visible deterrent and provide a visible presence for any concerned residents, and we will work with our partner agencies to investigate the matter.”