13mths 500k Gen­er­a­tion Iden­tity stages racist ral­lies

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY ANDREW MAD­DEN

How long for­mer EDL leader Tony Robin­son has been jailed for The num­ber of sig­na­tures on an on­line pe­ti­tion call­ing for his re­lease

BRI­TAIN’S most ac­tive far-right group has ar­rived in Belfast, it has been re­vealed.

Gen­er­a­tion Iden­tity has al­ready staged half a dozen pub­lic ac­tions in the city since Au­gust last year.

Sev­eral far-right de­mon­stra­tors were pic­tured at the “Free Tommy Robin­son” rally in front of City Hall giv­ing Nazi salutes – and in the crowd next to them flew the group’s dis­tinc­tive black and yel­low flag.

GI be­lieve in “ethno­plu­ral­ism” and “rem­i­gra­tion”, ideas advocacy group Hope Not Hate has branded “far more ex­treme and race-based than any­thing posited by groups like the English De­fence League”.

Ethno­plu­arlism dic­tates that dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups ought to live in sep­a­ra­tion from one an­other out of re­spect for their “right to dif­fer­ence”.

Rem­i­gra­tion refers to the phys­i­cal repa­tri­a­tion of any il­le­gal im­mi­grants to their coun­try of ori­gin. GI’S cur­rent crop of ac­tivists, thought to be less than 100 in the UK and Ire­land but into the thousands across Europe, are drawn from a range of or­gan­i­sa­tions across Bri­tain’s far-right.

These in­clude Lon­don’s “Tra­di­tional Bri­tain Group” and the neo-nazi ter­ror­ist group Na­tional Ac­tion, a mem­ber of whom this week ad­mit­ted plot­ting to kill a Labour MP and threat­en­ing to kill a po­lice de­tec­tive in­ves­ti­gat­ing him for child groom­ing.

GI is best known for its “De­fend Europe” mis­sion, through which it man­aged to raise thousands of eu­ros to buy a ship to block refugee ves­sels car­ry­ing mi­grants across the Mediter­ranean in 2017.

A re­port by Hope Not Hate re­vealed GI al­ready has a pres­ence in Dublin and has con­ducted a se­ries of pro­mo­tions in Belfast.

In Jan­uary, the group held its first “new ac­tivists meet­ing” fol­lowed by a full con­fer­ence in March.

In March, a sim­i­lar group call­ing them­selves “Gen­er­a­tion Sparta” car­ried out a racist leaflet drop in the Raven­hill area of Belfast.

The lit­er­a­ture warned against the “Is­lam­i­fi­ca­tion” of North­ern Ire­land.

Belfast coun­cil­lor Jo­lene Bunt­ing did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment on whether she has con­nec­tions to GI.

How­ever, on Thurs­day evening she posted a pic­ture on her Face­book ac­count of a GI ban­ner fly­ing over West­min­ster Bridge with the mes­sage: “Would any­one have a con­tact for GI Belfast?”

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