ANTI-RACISM group Hope Not Hate is urging Home Secretary Amber Rudd to block far-right Canadian rock band Legitime Violence from entering Britain to prevent them performing at a “white power” concert.
Reportedly describing themselves as anti-communist and nationalist, the band threatens to “smash the face of anyone who wants to put a stick in the wheel of the Legitime Violence machine.”
Several members of the band have criminal convictions stemming from their links to a violent, far-right skinhead gang in Quebec, Hope Not Hate warned, adding that singer Raphael Levesque is active in neonazi gang Atalante Quebec.
The band’s Facebook page reportedly features images of them brandishing weapons and includes links to several openly fascist bands.
Hope Not Hate said Legitime Violence intends to headline the largest annual white power concert held in Britain — organised by neonazi group Blood and Honour to mark the anniversary of its founder Ian Stuart Donaldson dying in a car accident in 1993.
Stand Up to Racism joint secretary Weyman Bennett welcomed Hope Not Hate’s call for Legitime Violence to be barred from Britain, “particularly with the rise of fascism and neonazism in Europe.”
He said the world is now seeing an “explosion of backwardness” and that a “very fragmented” right is unfortunately finding an audience.
Mr Bennett cited recent organising by the English Defence League (EDL) and the Football Lads Alliance, with the latter’s founder being a “big fan” of former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.
He also condemned US President Donald Trump’s failure to condemn far-right groups in Charlottesville and his use of the term “alt-right,” branding it a “cover for the politics of division and fascism.”
Last year, a gig in Falkirk by far-right US band Bound for Glory was called off just a few days in advance, after 17,000 people signed a Hope Not Hate petition calling for the group to be refused entry and Scottish Justice Minister Michael Matheson wrote to Ms Rudd demanding action.
Hope Not Hate’s campaign will also call for Ms Rudd to clamp down on alleged tax dodging by the London-based organiser of the Blood and Honour gigs, Robert Talland, also known as Ginger Rob.
The anti-racist group claims that he sells alcohol with a 600 per cent mark-up and that the event brings in £25,000 a year.