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Why the real fascists are the ones who don't like to hear the views that differ from their own

Ruth Dudley Edwards


Last week's attack on Irish Freedom Party in Belfast highlights the lack of tolerance, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

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Republicans attacking the stall of the Irish Freedom Party

Republicans attacking the stall of the Irish Freedom Party

Republicans attacking the stall of the Irish Freedom Party

It's very easy to have people, or parties, labelled far-Right, regardless of their actual beliefs, which is what a small, but nasty, group of bullies did to a few harmless people in Belfast recently after violently demonstrating their own contempt for democracy.

The victims were a few members of the Irish Freedom Party, which had set up an information stall in the city centre last Saturday week, which was violently attacked and smashed by men who tore up their leaflets, screamed at them to "F*** off" and as they left chanted "Nazi scum off our streets".

Those whose stall was wrecked sensibly walked away and left the field to the thugs. They then found unchallenged descriptions of their party in headlines and tweets as far-Right, fascist and Nazi.


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