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FAR-RIGHT activist Tommy Robinson was hounded across north-west England by anti-racists over the weekend as he continued his campaign to be elected to the European Parliament.
Eggs were thrown at a van, part of Mr Robinson's European elections campaign team, as it arrived at Douglas Place in Bootle today.
Demonstrators attempted to block the vehicle, eggs hit its windscreen and a bottle of what appeared to be milkshake was thrown as scuffles broke out between demonstrators and police.
They blocked Mr Robinson’s route to a rally, forcing him to scurry around the back of people’s houses to reach his destination.
Protesters booed and shouted “fascist scum” and held placards saying: “Oppose Tommy Robinson, don’t let the racists divide us.”
Mr Robinson spent about an hour at the event addressing his supporters before being escorted away by police.
Officers, including a number of dog handlers, stepped in to separate demonstrators on nearby Derby Road after Mr Robinson left.
Bootle MP Peter Dowd was among the counter-demonstrators.
He wrote on Twitter: “Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka fascist Tommy Robinson, isn’t wanted in Bootle. Don’t bother coming here.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told today’s anti-racist rally in Bootle that the far-right blamed Muslims for the ills of society.
“Change that language to the language used in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, where they tried to blame Jewish people for all the ills of society,” he said. “You begin to see where this leads to.
“We have to come together not just to oppose the far-right but also to analyse what’s happened … how we fix it and how we go forward.”
The Metro mayors of Manchester and Liverpool, Andy Burnham and Steve Rotherham, called for unity and urged anti-racist activists to continue campaigning against Mr Robinson “till the final minutes” of Thursday’s election.
Mr Robinson is campaigning in the European elections, in which he is standing as a candidate for North West England.
He was also confronted by counter-demonstrators in Oldham and Crewe on Saturday.
A widespread mass leafleting session took place in Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Crewe, Salford, Fleetwood, Morecambe and elsewhere, delivering the message: “Use your vote against the fascist Robinson.”
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