The area around Brighton Pier is usually known for family fun and fresh air. But on April 21st the seafront between the big wheel, the Sealife Centre and the Crazy Golf will provide the location for a far-right rally and march.
The racist rally and march has previously taken part between the station and a little used area of grass called Victoria Gardens, but this year the organisers, March for England (MfE) have been persuaded by the police to hold the event on the seafront road. This will also put the rally close to Brighton’s famous ‘gay quarter’.
Earlier this year openly neo-Nazi group England’s Golden Dawn starting sharing publicity about the event, and supporting it. Sussex Police were already concerned about the event after Brightonians succeeded in blocking its route last year and nearly stopped it completely, and seem to have used the potential presence of neo-Nazis to pressure MfE to move the march away from the shopping streets of the city’s North Laine area.
Representatives of Unite Against Fascism met with Sussex Police at council offices in a meeting organised by a city councillor, and raised a number of concerns about the new location.
These concerns included the proximity of the rally to most of the city’s LGBT bars, which in previous years have been targeted by the far-right, and centre round a road that already suffers from high levels of hate crime.
Other problems raised included the danger of problems in the town before the marchers reach their start point, previously the station itself has been the start and finish point, limiting the opportunities for trouble before or after the march.
Brighton and Hove Unite Against Fascism is encouraging supporters to gather in the area near Brighton Pier from 11am.
The far right are scheduled to Rally in front of the big wheel, before marching along the seafront road, then returning for a further rally.
A gathering of vintage Jaguar cars and their owners will be using the rest of Madeira Drive, beyond the big wheel, and has been forced to used the back entrance to the road because of the presence of the far-right.