On May 6, there was a big free speech march through Central London jointly organized by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance and Veterans Against Terrorism.
Many of the big names in the British Alt Lite were attending, so I decided to show up myself. (I appear in the sidelines a few times in this video of the march).
The march began at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, a traditional meeting point for dissidents, preachers, and assorted ranting weirdos, went through central London, and culminated at the entrance to Downing Street.
I estimate turnout at 1,000-2,000 initially, swelling to 5,000 at the end. There were at least a couple of hundred police officers watching over the event. What I found interesting was that all of the “enforcement” was done by the event organizers. For instance, the police didn’t want the marchers to occupy the pavement, and so the event organizers would bark at rally participants to keep on the main thoroughfare whenever they strayed off. This is a huge contrast with Russian protest marchers, whose liberal organizers tend to be unremittingly hostile to and dismissive of the police.
- Main component were white men, muscular-fat, tattooed prole types, the sort you associate with football hooligans;
- Some lankier, muscular men with fashy haircuts;
- The women were almost all prole whites – tend to lean on the pudgy side, lots of tattoos, fake tans;
- Smattering of Based Black Guys (no women);
- Foreigners: Americans in MAGA hats, tons of Poles, Mediterraneans, a few Israelis;
- No Muslims.
Towards the end of the march, a number of people gave short speeches about Islam and freedom of speech.
First guy referred to a Belfast preacher who was charged with hate crimes for criticizing Islam, and then he quoted him directly, e.g. “Islam is a Satanic religion!”, and eliciting massive cheers. Clever way of avoiding hate charges yourself. Just quote other people.
Second guy was some comedian, who condemned Islam because… erm, Kuwaiti women aren’t allowed to get their tits out. (sic). Also “what about all the gay Muslims?”
Third guy was Gerard Batten, current head of UKIP. Boring, don’t recall what he said.
Fourth gal was Anne Marie Waters, head of For Britain. She had the best speech IMO, she’s a great rabble-rouser.
Fifth and last up the stage was Tommy Robinson, who was very much forgettable.
Well, apart from the finale, when he welcomed a drag queen to sing up the stage to prove that New Labour are the real transphobes.
Overall, it’s hard to remain optimistic about the prospects for British nationalism. They managed to bring out a total of about 5,000 people in the capital city on a sunny Sunday, and not even in the name of nationalism as such, but in the name of free speech – or more specifically, the right to make fun of Muslims without going to jail or getting kicked off Twitter. Which is also a laudable goal, but it isn’t quite the same thing.
Compare and contrast with the march of 100,000 nationalists in Warsaw, Poland earlier this year which didn’t end in them collectively cucking to a tranny.
Police began to gather early.
There were some antifa, but they didn’t try to disrupt the rally, probably because of the heavy police presence.
Facebook and Twitter censorship against Alt Right voices were a big issue. Note Based Black Guy on the left.
The Chad Preacher: “The Bible guarantees free speech, not the Koran.”
Random based britbong: “Not a commie maggot in sight.”
Based Black Guy.
Leaving Hyde Park.
Unironically based Brit.
Britbong biker gang… quaint if underwhelming.
Shepherding deplorables off the sidewalks.
There were probably around 5,000 people in attendance, which is around the size of your average Navalny rally. But unlike the latter, nationalist protests are never going to make top of /r/worldnews.
Speeches in front of Downing Street.
Based Fedora Guy.
March no further.
Anne Marie Waters.