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Courts Anti-fascists welcome Britain First leaders' guilty verdicts

ANTI-FASCISTS welcomed the guilty verdicts against Britain First leader Paul Golding and his deputy Jayda Fransen today after they were jailed for shouting racist abuse.

The pair were convicted at Folkestone magistrates' court yesterday of religiously aggravated harassment.

Judge Justin Barron, jailing Ms Fransen for 36 weeks for three counts and Mr Golding for 18 weeks for one count, said the crimes had been “deliberately planned against targeted victims.”

The far-right rabble-rousers were arrested on May 10 last year as part of an investigation into the distribution of leaflets and online videos during an ongoing trial at Canterbury crown court.

Ms Fransen was accused of going to the Kent home of one of the defendants and shouting racist abuse through the front door.

Unite Against Fascism joint secretary Weyman Bennett said: “Britain First left the BNP but kept their fascist politics.
 
“Fascist organisations are growing, particularly when mainstream politicians such as Trump and others in Europe ape far-right rhetoric, in relation to refugees for instance.

“Anti-fascists have worn BF down and it is high time that they be held responsible for hate speech.”
 
He pointed out that, only last year, Ms Fransen took part in a 40,000-strong far-right march in Warsaw.

She has also been quoted in Poland saying: “There is a cancer moving through Europe and that is Islam. Our children are being bombed, our children are being groomed and our government does nothing.”

A Hope Not Hate spokesperson added: “We welcome this verdict. For Britain First, the birds are coming home to roost.

“Thuggery and deliberate intimidation and flouting of the law in order to prosecute a fanatical hatred of Muslims should have no place in any civilised society.”

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