Statement on the intentions of the demonstration

To clear up any confusion about our position and intentions in organising this demonstration against Britain First holding this meeting in Dartford:

Whilst naturally we recognise that Britain First have every right to hold their meeting (and recognise the worry which some have expressed that our opposition only serves to further increase Britain First’s profile on a local level), we believe that fascism and racism must be opposed whenever and wherever they appear. We are especially concerned that, in spite of poorly attended Britain First meetings elsewhere around the country, this event potentially gives Britain First a platform to spread their lies and hatred to more and more people, and in particular the young, who could be indoctrinated into believing and perpetuating racist and fascist ideas. We believe that demonstrating against their meeting sends a clear message to Britain First that their ideas are not welcome in Dartford. It is for this reason that we call on local residents and those everywhere who oppose fascism and racism to join us in peacefully expressing our opposition to fascists visiting our town.

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Dartford Against Britain First – Saturday 19th July 2014

On Saturday 19th July, Britain First plan to hold a meeting in Dartford town centre as part of their ‘July 2014 Roadshow’. They intend to use this meeting as a springboard to help them to grow their movement, both in the local area and nationally. We, as Dartford residents, find it unacceptable that fascists are being given a platform to spread their message of hatred and intolerance in our town and we intend to assemble outside their venue in order to show Britain First that their racism and Islamophobia are not welcome here. We hope that all will join us in opposing Britain First and their hateful ideology.

Those opposing Britain First will gather at around 6:30pm at a location to be announced on our Twitter account (@NoToBFDartford) in the days immediately before the meeting in order to allow us to show Britain First in no uncertain terms that fascists are not welcome in Dartford.