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Far right group to hold new Belfast rally

By Leona O'Neill

Far right group Britain First is planning another rally in Belfast city centre in support of their deputy leader Jayda Fransen two weeks before Christmas.

Ms Fransen was last week charged with using "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour" over speeches made at a protest in August.

She is to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Thursday, December 14.

The 31-year-old said that she was prepared to go to prison: "I will come back out and pick up exactly where I left off.

"None of this is going to deter me and the state should bear that in mind."

She claimed that anyone concerned with freedom of speech should support the rally on Sunday, December 10.

But anti-fascist groups say they will hold a counter-demonstration.

Davy McAuley from Belfast Against Fascism says society must not "give ground to racist, fascistic ideas".

"We are seeing racism moving into the mainstream," he said.

"The far right have made significant gains throughout Europe. In America, Nazis are on the streets, seig heiling, and are empowered by a racist in the White House.

"We must not allow the vicious hate of Britain First to appear normal."

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