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AN ANTI-RACISM protester was hit close to his eye by a stone lobbed at him by a member of a gang of Tommy Robinson supporters in Salford.
Mr Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was staging his final rally in his campaign to be elected as an independent member of the European Parliament for North West England.
Around 300 of his fascist supporters were opposed by 250 counter-protesters.
As both demonstrations dispersed his supporters began hurling missiles including stones.
Mike Killian, a member of public service union Unison, was struck in the face under his eye.
He told the Star: “We were leaving the very successful anti-racist rally and a group of about 20 or 30 ‘Tommy Robinson’ supporters approached us.
“They threw missiles, stones and other objects. One or two people were struck by flying objects. I didn’t see it coming. It was pretty unpleasant.”
Paul Jenkins, North West organiser of Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) said: “We had a good protest, about 250 of us, with groups from Unison and Unite.
“Then some of Robinson’s supporters threw missiles, stones. One of our supporters got a facial injury under his eye. Our demo was totally peaceful, but the fascists attacked us as we left.”
In a separate and bizarre development in Manchester, a group of Orthodox Jews declared their support for Mr Robinson’s candidacy, declaring him a “staunch friend of our people.”
Thousands of flyers were distributed throughout the city calling on “our fellow Orthodox Jews” to vote for Mr Robinson in the elections that took place today.
According to the website Israel National News, Moshe Chaim Rowe, one of the flyer’s authors, said: “Tommy Robinson has been a staunch, positive friend to the Jewish people, standing up for us many times, both here and in Eretz Yisrael.
“He puts himself in personal danger, against the real threats facing us — we need to support him.”
The Jewish Voice for Labour group called on the Board of Deputies of British Jews to condemn the move.
They tweeted: “Misguided Jews urge votes for racist Islamophobe because ‘he is a friend of Israel.’ Do they understand what ‘never again’ means? Will @BoardofDeputies condemn them?”
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