Tuesday, 8 April 2014

MoD condemns ‘immoral’ BNP

From the Independent by JONATHAN OWEN: 

MoD condemns ‘immoral’ BNP for exploiting brutal murder of Lee Rigby in campaign video

The brutal murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby is being exploited by the British National Party in a bid to win support ahead of next month’s European elections, The Independent can reveal.

A BNP campaign video which plays on the death of the young soldier has been condemned as “immoral” by the Ministry of Defence and as a “disgusting” and “desperate” tactic by campaigners.

The film features a Spitfire flying intercut with images of soldiers on parade or fighting overseas as slogans such as “stop the immigration invasion” appear. It ends with an appeal to “Remember Lee” before a picture of the soldier in regimental uniform appears in the background of a Union Jack flag – with the words “Vote BNP” and “no surrender”.

Fusilier Rigby was off duty when he was murdered in Woolwich last May. He was run over by Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22. The pair then stabbed and hacked at the 25-year-old as he lay unconscious, in an attempt to decapitate him. Adebolajo will spend the rest of his life in prison, and Adebowale will serve a minimum of 45 years.

Yesterday campaigners and the MoD condemned the use of the attack to win votes for the election, which happens to fall on the first anniversary of Fusilier Rigby’s death – May 22 – something the BNP exploits in the film.

General Sir Mike Jackson, the former head of the British Army said: 
This seems to be an appalling attempt at exploiting the very sad death of a soldier and it is something which must be condemned.
A spokesman for the MoD added: 
It is immoral and patently wrong that any organisation should seek to make political gains out of the tragic death of one of our personnel. It is equally inappropriate to suggest that the members of the Armed Forces should be directly linked to the activities of any political party.
The MoD added it did not endorse the use of the photograph of Fusilier Rigby in the film, taken by an agency photographer and so not Crown Copyright.

Weyman Bennett, the general secretary of Unite Against Fascism, said the film was “a disgrace and an attempt to whip up racism against Muslims”. He added: “The BNP is bankrupt financially and bankrupt politically. The video is an insult to Lee Rigby’s family. It’s a disgusting, desperate act.”

A spokesperson for SSAFA, the Army charity which runs the Lee Rigby Fund, said the family 
have already expressed a wish to avoid any media engagement around the subject of Lee’s death, as we lead up to the anniversary.
The tactic comes after last week’s revelatons in The Independent that BNP activists are trying to woo support by taking mobile food banks to poor areas – echoing the Greek extremists Golden Dawn.

Asked to defend the film Simon Darby, BNP spokesman, said: “Are you actually not showing a little bit of bias towards the white community in not allowing us to draw attention to a white victim whereas you wouldn’t even ask that question or run a story about a black or an Asian victim?”

Sunday, 6 April 2014

EDL: Post-Mortem!

From Malatesta's Blog:

A post-mortem spasm is when a dead body continues to twitch before rigor mortis sets in and it seems that the English Defence League is suffering from a seriously contracted one. Someone should tell the clueless winnets clinging to the EDL’s prolapsed rectum that ‘the biggest protest movement ever of all time ever’ is over. The recent demos have been piss poor: Slough just over 100, Peterborough a couple of hundred, and every day there are the usual recriminations and fallouts with members slagging each other off and accusing each other of ‘egos,’ ‘backstabbing’ and general unpleasantness.

Of course they’ve hardly been helped by the somewhat drastic jailings of dozens of members for the Walsall riot in 2012. What happened was the ‘neither racist nor violent but both’ EDL were kettled in a side street when they violently reacted then posted boastful footage of them kicking off all over Youtube. Well done. Plod put out a Grimewatch poster that had many of them cacking it badly before being sent down – which is about to increase in number after another dozen or so clueless bugles had their case adjourned this week and have no doubt spent the weekend packing their toothbrushes!

Despite cries for unity the state of the far right is pretty fragmented: the rump EDL is staggering like a drunk in a graveyard; the NF have been ruined by internal splits; the ever diminishing Infidels have either fallen out with each other or are in jail; the English Volunteer Force is desperately ‘uniting’ various 1 man organisations such as the laughable Bristol Defence League and made complete arsespangles of themselves today with a miniscule ‘flash demo’ in Cricklewood which was as pointless as it was embarrassing. Here they all are:

Meanwhile publicity desperate ‘Britain First’ were hassling the equally pointless ‘British Taliban’ near a chippy or something. Like everyone else we hardly noticed the ‘White Cider’ demo in Swansea when about 20 nazi fantasists turned up where they weren’t wanted. This ‘mass mobilisation’ including a couple of the Convicted Ex-Forces, including the deserter who was booted out for thieving off his mates, and Joanne Dickens who sports a Celtic cross on her lady lumps. A friend of ours questioned her about this but she claimed that it was not a right wing symbol. Aye, and neither is this swastika on me arse love. This is the ‘neither racist nor violent’ Ms. Dickens at her most charming:

Of course the main thing this month is the massive anti-fascist celebration down in Brighton which is also when a few dozen pissed up ‘patriots’ try and ‘peacefully’ march through the town before either getting nicked, slapped or bussed out rapido by an increasingly vexed populace. The March For England claims it is a ‘St George’s family day out’ but all evidence would seem to contradict this. Check the link:


Here is the PDF:

March For England Violent Threats

So despite the depressing news from France this week about the Front National electoral successes, the far right in perfidious Albion are doing less than well. See you at the seaside!

Friday, 4 April 2014

EDL Marchers and Strange Irrational Rituals

From the Huffington Post by Will Black:

The English Defence League march in Peterborough on Saturday was not the first I've witnessed. In fact, it was tediously familiar. Drunken louts ranting incoherently about how they would like 'their country' to be, while multicultural England looks on - or avoids them - have become a regular spectacle in England.

If Einstein - who rarely gets a mention in articles about the EDL - was right in claiming that madness can be defined as doing something repeatedly but expecting different outcomes, the EDL is precariously close to the edge of reason.

However, the EDL is not a political party so perhaps we are wrong to hope for logic or coherence. Its marches are less reminiscent of a political rally than ageing football hooligans looking for trouble.

Before the recent event in Peterborough, EDL claimed to be marching to protect girls from gangs of 'Muslim' paedophiles. This spurious justification is influenced by the tragic case of girls being abused by a paedophile ring in Peterborough. However, the fact is the gang responsible was not a 'group of Muslims' but a network of sex offenders, from a number of different cultural backgrounds. Those convicted were Czech, Slovakian and Kurdish - and nothing in the trial indicated deeply-held religious convictions.

Oddly, considering its apparent obsession with ethnicity, culture and religion, the EDL seems to know very little about these subjects. Amid regular incoherent calls to 'send them back', is a complete ignorance of the fact that in Peterborough - as elsewhere - a large proportion of ethnically Asian citizens were born in the UK.

Furthermore, if EDL suddenly were given the power to 'send them back' to where their parents and grandparents came from, they would have to learn how to find former British colony Uganda on a map, as this is where most ethnically Asian families in Peterborough came from in the 1970s.

Idi Amin and the EDL

We would then have to explain a bit about Idi Amin to the EDL, which might make for an awkward conversation. They would first need to know that the tyrant was put in place by British colonial powers - as the British Establishment tiptoed out of Africa like a thief holding onto loot, having plundered it for longer than is conceivable.

The next bit has particular resonance for the EDL, BNP and also Ukip. The reason Asians had to flee Uganda is because Idi Amin blamed them for economic problems within the country. He was an incompetent, functionally illiterate psychopath who - rather than take responsibility for his own failings - scapegoated Asian Ugandans. Just as the Nazis did with German Jews. Just as all right wing political parties do with any minority lacking power.

Because Asian Ugandans ran businesses across the country, Amin thought that driving them from the country, taking their property and giving their homes, shops, farms and other businesses to his supporters would strengthen his position.

Before Amin seized power, in 1971, there were 80,000 Asians in Uganda. Most of these had been born in the country to families brought to Africa by the British Empire. In 1972 Amin ordered the expulsion of ethnic Asians, who he allowed to be beaten, raped and robbed by his troops. Approximately 30,000 of those fleeing came to the UK, often encountering racism and violent abuse here.

Ultimately Amin's regime caused a catastrophic bloodbath and economic collapse. Even Britain stopped selling him weapons - and businesses stolen from Asian Ugandans failed because Amin's cronies lacked the skills or knowledge to make them work.

As the country fell into chaos and greater poverty, Amin had anyone he suspected of being an enemy conspirator murdered. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed under his eight-year military dictatorship.

Looking back to Amin's era, we can see clearly that Asian Ugandans were not the enemy of society but actually part of the glue holding the country together. Asians helped keep Uganda fed and clothed and played vital roles in banking and other key service industries. Businesses owned by Asian people were a source of stability in a region of conflict and political instability.

The EDL will not like this characterisation but my view is the movement is as deluded and ignorant as Idi Amin and his supporters were. If they were to repatriate British Asians to where they came from it would often mean taking them a few streets away, if that. Therefore, all that can be attacked is an ideology - and given that EDL people often lack awareness of history, geography, anthropology, economics or politics, it seems highly unlikely that they are the best people to provide a coherent critique of Islam.

Getting drunk and ranting at scared passers-by in the hope of ridding the country of Muslims is more irrational than any religious practice I have studied. As a regular ritual - performed in towns across England - incoherent ranting seems several steps down from using chicken entrails to predict the future.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Teachers rally at The Forum

Thousands of children missed a day of school yesterday as teachers held a one-day strike.

More than 70 schools in Norfolk were affected by the walk-out, which was led by the National Union of Teachers. 

In Norwich, more than 200 people gathered to protest pay, conditions and changes to the curriculum.  More at MustardTV

Nick O'Brien

Nick O'Brien, teacher and a local N.U.T. president explained :

I'm proud to take strike action because I LOVE my job and enjoy working with my colleagues and our students. I'm on strike because I want teaching to be a profession that people rush to join. Currently, 40% of teachers quit in their first five years and teacher suicide rates have risen 60%. The way we work currently is NOT sustainable or fair. Every child deserves a happy, valued and QUALIFIED teacher. Support the Strike, GOVE MUST GO.

The N.U.T. warns there may be more strikes ahead.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Norwich at Trafalgar

Norwich was represented at the march entitled Stand up to Racism and Fascism in London's Trafalgar Square on March 22.

Norwich-based photographer Ann Nicholls of  Look, See, Click Photography was there to record the occasion:

All Photographs by Ann Nicholls of Look, See, Click Photography

Reproduced with permission

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Peterborough inconvenienced by the EDL

 From Hunts Post24:

The EDL (English Defence League) will be marching through Peterborough next weekend – and will be met with a counter protest by the Peterborough Trades Union Council (PTUC).

Cambridgeshire police said the EDL march will start at 2pm on Saturday, March 29, in London Road and proceed over Town Bridge, past Bridge Street police station and then congregate on Lower Bridge Street at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.

Temporary road closures will be in place on London Road and Town Bridge while the protest takes place.

The PTUC march will start about 12.30pm at Bishops Road car park and proceed along Rivergate, and congregate at the Key Theatre car park.

Again, road closures will be in place on Rivergate, Bishops Road and some surrounding streets while the protest takes place.

Peterborough district commander Supt Tony Ixer said:
These are very similar routes to those used by the EDL and opposition in 2010 when the protests passed off largely peacefully.

These routes will balance the concerns of local people and businesses in Peterborough, while responding to the wishes of the EDL and PTUC.

It provides central locations for both protests while allowing the majority of businesses in the city to continue as usual.

We understand that for businesses in the Rivergate area there will be an impact during the protest and we are working with those business owners, alongside the council, to minimise this and look at alternative ways of drawing in business over the weekend.
At this stage we cannot confirm numbers likely to attend. As and when we have further information we will share this with the public through our various established links with the community.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Trouble for Gorleston's UKIP councillor

From EDP24 by Dan Grimmer And Sam Russell:

UPDATE: Gorleston UKIP councillor Matthew Smith criticises police as he faces fraud charges

Matthew Smith, UKIP county councillor for Gorleston St Andrew's. He is facing charges relating to electoral malpractice. Picture: James Bass

A Norfolk UKIP county councillor facing electoral fraud charges has likened the allegations to “getting a parking ticket”.

Matthew Smith, who represents Gorleston St Andrew’s division and is also the UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) for Great Yarmouth, is one of three men who are facing charges.

The 26-year-old said he “completely denies” the allegations, which relate to forged signatures on nomination papers.

He is facing suspension from Norfolk County Council’s UKIP group while the case is ongoing, and he said more will be known about his position as UKIP PPC for Yarmouth after his Norwich Magistrates’ Court date on April 4.

Mr Smith was elected last May.

Together with two other men, he is accused of returning fraudulent nomination papers in the Norfolk County Council elections held in the Great Yarmouth district between March and April 2013.

The trio have been reported for summons.

The charges were authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service and follow an investigation into allegations of electoral malpractice reported to Norfolk Constabulary last April.

Mr Smith, of High Street, Gorleston, will face 10 charges - comprising seven counts of supplying a nomination paper to a returning officer knowing it to contain a forged signature (contrary to the Representation of the People Act 1983) and three counts of producing forged nomination papers (contrary to the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981).

Mr Smith said he had not been charged, and added: 
It’s no different to a parking ticket in that sense.

I’ve not been charged and the opinion of my solicitor is I might not be charged.
He said he had “no problem” with his suspension from the county UKIP group, and on his position as Yarmouth UKIP PPC said: “More will be known when it gets to April 4.”

He added: 
I’m very concerned that police issued the statement [to the press] before they informed me.

That’s bang out of order.

It doesn’t seem like the CPS or the police know their backside from their elbow when it comes to this case.
Daniel Thistlethwaite, 19, of Station Road, South Belton, and Michael Monk, 60, of Freeman Close, Hopton, will be jointly charged with Matthew Smith of one count of supplying a nomination paper to a returning officer knowing it to contain a forged signature.

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said: “We are aware of the allegations made against councillor Smith.

“For the time being, while the prosecution is being pursued, there is no legal requirement for him to stand down as a county councillor.”

However, Toby Coke, leader of the UKIP group on Norfolk County Council, said he was looking to suspend Mr Smith.

He said: 
These are very serious allegations, which will be subject to court proceedings. Therefore, it would be inappropriate for me to make any comment about the substance of the matter.

However, I can confirm that I am in the process of suspending councillor Matthew Smith from the UKIP Group at County Hall, with immediate effect, pending the outcome of the court case.
Investigations began after a complaint was made ahead of the county elections on May 2.

Mr Smith, who is Great Yarmouth’s UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate, was the local party agent for the election campaign.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Searchlight endorses fight vs FGM

End FGM now

From Searchlight by Sonia Gable

On the occasion of International Women’s Day today, I wholeheartedly welcome the launch by Marina Yannakoudakis MEP of a campaign to tackle the global scandal of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Mrs Yannakoudakis, a Conservative MEP for London, has joined with other campaigners, including the editor of the London Evening Standard Sarah Sands, to put forward three clear and essential demands:

• A more robust approach to bringing adults behind FGM to justice.

• Better international recording and reporting of FGM to reveal the true scale of the scandal.

• International “aid conditionality” – to use development funding as a moral lever on countries where FGM is allowed or even condoned.

Mrs Yannakoudakis says mutilation is a form of child abuse, pure and simple, and must be treated as such. It has been a criminal offence in the UK since 1985, yet there has not yet been a single prosecution.

Last month she held the European Parliament’s first high-profile hearing on FGM, pulling together experts from across Europe to discuss best approaches to measuring and tackling the practice.

She said: “This is an appalling crime against children – one that is veiled in superstition and secrecy and hidden from public view. It happens to young girls who in many ways are at the margins of society, often isolated by a closed culture and lack of integration.

“I believe misplaced sensitivities over religion, race and heritage are behind that fact that in Britain there has been not one prosecution. If this appalling abuse were happening on such a scale to young, white, middle class girls I believe there would be no shortage of court cases or convictions.”

Mrs Yannakoudakis is right in highlighting “misplaced sensitivities over religion, race and heritage”. For a very long time, many antiracists have shied away from tackling gender inequality in other cultures, believing that criticism of minority cultural practices or beliefs would conflict with their antiracism: that antiracism trumps feminism. Likewise with FGM.

Such views are misguided. First we should note that FGM is not condoned by any major religion. It is certainly not part of Islam, contrary to the claims of Islamophobes, although it has been adopted by many Muslim communities. The origins of FGM, which is practised in at least 28 African countries, parts of the Middle East, and immigrant communities from those countries in several other parts of the world, are shrouded in the mists of time but it predates Islam by several hundred years. It is likely that it evolved in primitive communities that wished to establish control over the sexual behaviour of women. Although it is widely performed at the age of 12-14 as a rite of passage to adulthood, it is increasingly carried out at younger ages.

Schools have a role to play in educating families, increasing awareness and creating a climate in which FGM is rejected as abhorrent and ultimately unacceptable. They may be reluctant to do so. Schools are rightly much concerned with safeguarding children, for example from bullying, but when I raised FGM with a primary school head teacher, the response was that this was a secondary school issue. Well no, research shows that it is carried out at younger ages too. When I pointed this out, the head referred to cultural sensitivities.

The point is not whether we are entitled to criticise the practices of a minority culture or whether the rights of women and girls should be subordinate to cultural or religious precepts. The issue is one of humanity and freedom. Everyone has an equal right to dignity and respect for their life, and to not be assaulted and abused. And abuse is what it is: none of the “justifications” for FGM – and several are put forward by its supporters such as that it is good for women’s health – have even the slightest validity. FGM, sometimes euphemistically called female circumcision as if it were as innocuous as the circumcision of baby boys, damages the ability of women to enjoy the gift of sex and give birth to children: a central element of life and identity for most women.

Mrs Yannakoudakis said: 
For too long this has been a secret suffering and a hidden scandal. Broader society has been kept in the dark or has chosen to look the other way. This must stop now. 
Let’s ensure it does.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Message of Togetherness

I didn’t go in there with a bomb, I went in with a message of togetherness

From the Lincolnshire Echo:

Hundreds may have been chanting through the streets of Lincoln on Saturday but one voice was heard above all others. Brave Igor Kartel sparked fury among the East Anglian Patriots when he commandeered their megaphone to spread a message of peace and togetherness. Here he speaks to Adrian Curtis...

As he joined the group of anti-fascist protestors gathering in Lincoln’s St Martin’s Square, Igor Kartel stood out from the crowd.

The 28-year-old Lithuanian was tall and exceptionally well-built.

He was also flanked by friends from the city’s Kurdistan and Iraqi community.

As the Lincoln Against Racism and Fascism march set off down the High Street to the Cornhill, Mr Kartel was at the front, proudly holding the banner which would later spark the only real confrontation between the two demos.

The man who arrived in Boston in 2010 without a penny to his name but with a willingness to integrate and work in our county was then invited by counter-demo organiser Nick Parker to say a few words to the watching crowd.

He said:
I would like to thank you people for allowing us to integrate and to thank you for your support.

We want to make a positive contribution to the city and if you let us do it, we can. Thank you again.
But then, much to the frustration of the police, he went missing. Not an easy thing to do when you are about 6ft 6in tall and wider than most conventional doorways.

Nevertheless, he managed it. Even more impressive was the ability to appear out of nowhere and place himself right in the middle of the main East Anglian Patriots (EAP) speakers a few hours later.

Mr Kartel, while still holding on to his now folded banner, managed to persuade the EAP’s main speaker to hand him the megaphone.

He seized the opportunity to preach his message of togetherness and unfurl his banner, but once the EAP leaders realised what he was saying, they angrily confronted him and his banner was thrown into the River Witham.

The worst they could do was beat me up, it was nothing really
No punches were thrown in the altercation but the police quickly hauled the Lithuanian out of danger.  He recounted:
I didn’t go there with a bomb, I went with a positive message.

I know something could have gone wrong. But the worst they could do was beat me up, it was nothing really. I was scared a little.

It is just a church they want to build here not a nuclear reactor. It is a church – a place for their religion.

They did not know what I was going to say. Everybody was shocked and asking, ‘Why is this guy taking the megaphone?’

I said something positive, we have to think about the same country and talk. Then I tried to put my banner in front of them and that is when they pushed me away. But I just stood there. I would never have attacked them.

I would use my power to defend women and children but not in this situation. If they had tried to beat me up, I would not have attacked them back.

They just asked me to go away and the police said the same thing. I know it could look like a situation where I was trying incite things but that was not my intention at all. I don’t think I am a brave man. I did not abuse them and they did not abuse me.

Everything I do, I do it for people and for this county. If we get together and talk then a lot of things can change.

We have got a lot to do to change the minds of these people. But we can do it. They are not bad people. They are good people.

They are the same. We should get around the table and talk.
But talking is just one of the areas in which Mr Kartel excels.

Indeed, the reason why he had the bravery to take the megaphone from the EAP and then to face them on his own, stems from his military background and skills and expertise that include security and counter-terrorism.

Mr Kartel is chief executive of the Lincoln Eastern European Community Group. It was formed three years ago to bring together residents living in the city and to develop events and projects that provide opportunities for everyone to come together.

A married father of one, his wife is expecting their second child, he has overcome many difficulties on his route to the city.

He arrived at Boston without any money and just the clothes he was wearing. Mr Kartel explained:

A friend loaned me the money to get to England. I had no money of my own but inside three days I was working in a chicken factory.

I came here because I could not find any work back home. When I got to Boston, it was year zero for me, I started a new life.

Three years ago I created a community group for immigrants so we could all get together and be positive and integrate into this society.

I think we can make it even better as a lot of Eastern Europeans live and work here and want to make a bigger contribution. 
Mr Kartel’s actions last Saturday may just have been the catalyst for that.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Large Lithuanian steals the limelight

Meet the Lithuanian man who stole the East Anglian Patriots megaphone in Lincoln…

From the Lincolnshire Echo by Adrian Curtis

Lithuanian Igor Kartel grabs Patriots microphone to deliver his positive message - moments before he was challenged by the group's leaders

The counter-demonstrator who broke through the ranks to address the East Anglian Patriot march insists he was trying to bring both sides together.

Lithuanian businessman Igor Kartel, 28, who had supported the Lincoln Against Racism and Fascism march earlier in the day, managed to get among the leaders of the Patriots and snatch the megaphone in order to deliver his message of peace.

But after telling the crowd that everyone should work together, he was surrounded by members of the Patriots and hauled away by police.

Mr Kartel told the Echo in an exclusive interview moments after the incident:

I didn't go there with a bomb, I went with a positive message.  I know something could have gone wrong. But the worst they could do was beat me up, it was nothing really. I was scared a little.

They did not know what I was going to say. Everybody was shocked and asking 'why is this guy taking the microphone?'

I said something positive like we have to think about the same country and talk. Then I tried to put my banner in front of them and that is when they pushed me away. But I just stood there. I would never have attacked them.

I would use my power to defend women and children but not in this situation. If they had had tried to beat me up, I would not have attacked them back.

They just asked me to go away and the police said the same thing. I know it could look like a situation where I was trying incite things but that was not my intention at all. I don't think I am a brave man.

Everything I do, I do it for people and for this country. If we get together and talk then a lot of things can change.

We have got a lot to do to change the minds of these people. But we can do it. They are not bad people. They are good people.

They are the same. We should get around the table and talk.

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Friday, 27 December 2013

Human rights groups condemn homophobic attack

Human rights groups condemn homophobic attack on landlords at Kings pub in Norwich

From EDP24 by David Bale:

Kings landlord Jesse Charlebois was assaulted
by a gang of men who came into his Norwich pub.

Human rights groups across the city have united in condemning a homophobic attack on the landlords of a Norwich pub.

Jesse Charlebois, 34, and David Hayes, 26, were punched and kicked by a gang of 15 men after they asked them to leave the Kings pub in King Street at about 5.30 pm last Saturday.

They said that since the assault they have received messages of support from as far away as France, Australia and Florida, and are planning an anti-homophobia party to raise awareness of the issue.

In a statement, Norwich Pride, which organises an annual gay parade in the city, urged people to unite in condemning the attack and to send a message of solidarity and support to the landlords.

The statement said: 
Norwich Pride is shocked and angered by the horrific level of violence perpetrated in the homophobic attack. We condemn outright such violence and call on the authorities to take every effort to catch the attackers.

One of the key aims of Norwich Pride is to ensure that Norwich is a safe city where everyone is able to be themselves. Every year at the end of July thousands of people join the Pride parade and participate in events across the city to celebrate our diverse cultures and people of all sexual orientations. We need to continue to work together to ensure this remains the case.
The landlords have also been backed by the anti-racist campaign group, We are Norwich.

The group’s Nick O’Brien said it supported Norwich Pride’s statement, and added: 
Although we focus on racism and fascism, we support the aims of Norwich Pride and wish to work with them in making Norwich a city where everyone feels safe and valued.

There is no place for intolerance. We hope the perpetrators are quickly brought to justice and wish Jesse and Davey all the best.
The landlords said they had been overwhelmed with support from around the world.

In a statement on their Facebook page, they said: 
.... we have been so touched and amazed at the messages, support, sympathy, love and good old-fashioned Christmas spirit we have received. Thank you. “Our phones have not stopped bleeping, ringing and vibrating all day and we feel stronger and better for it.

Anyone with information should call PC Paul Collins at Norwich CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.