Britain’s first White Lives Matter protest branded a ‘flop’
A ‘White Lives Matter’ demonstration held in Margate on Saturday was met with ridicule and counter-demonstrations from anti-fascist protestors and local residents.
Around 40 far-right protestors descended on the Kent town for the event, publicised on the White Lives Matter UK Facebook page as a “peaceful march … in support of deprived and depressed white communities throughout the country.”
“Margate is over 95 per cent white and yet a third of the children live below the financial poverty line, 30 per cent of neighbourhoods are in the poorest 10 per cent of those in the country,” the group said. “The lives of these white people matter.”
A YouTube video promoting the event, thought to be the first in Britain held under the 'White Lives Matter' banner, featured a song with the lyrics: “We will never be enslaved by a Zionist master plan.”
However, the demonstration was met with a noisy counter-protest from groups chanting "Nazi scum, off our streets" and "refugees are welcome here."
Town residents put up banners saying “Margate says NO to racism”, and a hashtag created to promote the White Lives Matter cause, #WLM, was hijacked to instead spread the message: “We Love Margate”.
Local business owner Lisa Richards told Kent News: "We completely respect people for their right to protest as thankfully we live in a democracy but one of the things that upset me most out of this, is that we are happy and so grateful we live in a such a great community and people were coming here and promoting hate and racism and that just appalled us so much we just had to make a stand."
"We live in a time where there is real divisive news and people being blamed for the problems in our society and it is not these people and we want to put our arms around Margate and give it a big hug."