Far-right extremists have hijacked Nigel Farage’s “March to Leave” rally, including one man who shared footage of the Christchurch massacre online.
It comes as Farage’s rally in Parliament Square was marked by ugly scenes at a rival far-right event on Whitehall that organisers UKIP say “is kindly sponsored by Tommy Robinson and his TR News service.”
But a Facebook event for Farage’s own rally in Parliament Square reveals that it too has been infiltrated by the far-right.
One man listed as attending the rally has been repeatedly banned from Facebook, but opened a new account to share footage of the Christchurch massacre with other far-right activists, something which is illegal under UK terror laws.
Other attendees suggested on the rally’s events page that “traitor” MPs should face the gallows, compared Angela Merkel to Adolf Hitler and posted a photo of themselves posing with a blow-up doll with Sadiq Khan’s face having sexual intercourse with a pig. The far-right Democratic Football Lads Alliance and members of the EDL also promoted the rally.
Organisers of the rally promised that “those involved with the March to Leave in any capacity are expected to conform to a high standard of behaviour and we condemn any form of violent conduct or illegal actions.”