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Man filmed giving Nazi salute at pro-Brexit rally didn’t break law, police say

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Video of man throwing Nazi salute at Parliament protest next to picture of protesters
Activists warned Brexit is turning into a ‘mobilising force for the far-right’ (Picture: REX)

A protester who threw a Nazi salute for the digital camera at a pro-Brexit rally in Parliament Square didn’t break the regulation, police have mentioned.

This is regardless of a police officer at the scene saying he had dedicated a public order offence however that arresting him would have put pro-remain protesters at threat of violence.

Campaign group Hope Not Hate mentioned the footage demonstrates how Brexit has turn out to be a ‘mobilising force for the far right’ who’ve a robust presence throughout protests.

The man was filmed throughout a protest organised by the right-wing Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA), which is usually accused of Islamophobia.

The DFLA have distanced themselves from the person sporting the crimson Make America Great Again hat and say they haven’t any management over who attends their rallies.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Guy Bell/REX (10403881n) Pro Brexit Yellow vests come to disrupt a pro EU protest in Parliament Square. They are kettled by the police in one corner, althought they sporadically break out. Pro and Anti-brexit protests, London, UK - 07 Sep 2019
A heavy police presence helped cut back cases of violence (Picture: REX)

He was filmed by a participant of a separate pro-remain rally organised by March for Change which additionally ran final Saturday.

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The anti-Brexit protester instructed Metro.co.uk: ‘I used to be shocked to see how aggressive the pro-Brexit protesters had been and went over to verbally confront the racist chanting and violent gestures.

‘I was even more shocked to see the man in the red Trump hat giving the Nazi salute not once but several times in the shadow of Winston Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square.

‘Even when he could see he was being filmed, he took great pride in repeating the salute again and again – many of these people were wearing England shirts but absolutely so not represent me.’

The man who took the video, who requested to not be named, mentioned he heard individuals ‘singing Tommy Robinson songs’,  and ‘songs about hanging people from lampposts’.

He mentioned there was ‘lots of talk of traitors and telling people they’re not English anymore’.

A Met Police officer instructed him the Nazi salute would represent a public order offence however arresting him would have elevated the chance of violence.

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Video of Democratic Football Lads Alliance protester doing Nazi salute
The man gave a Nazi salute as he wore a crimson Make America Great Again hat
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A pro-Brexit protester shouting at anti-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 7, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit Change. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Pro-Brexit demonstrators hurled abuse at March for Change activists in Parliament Square (Picture: PA)

But in an announcement, the drive mentioned: ‘The Met reviewed the footage equipped and don’t imagine {that a} prison offence has been dedicated by this particular person in these circumstances as quite a few components decide whether or not the motion is handled as a public order offence.

‘Decisions to make arrests in public order conditions are sometimes risk-based and investigations into offences usually happen after the occasion utilizing video footage captured.

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‘That is the case for this event but in the case of this footage there will not be an investigation as we do not feel it meets the threshold for a public order offence.’

They mentioned there’s separate laws to cope with racist chanting at a soccer match beneath S3 Football Offences Act 1991.

A spokesperson from the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) mentioned: ‘We hate Nazis, neo-Nazis or anybody who even does such a salute even whether it is completed in jest as a response to being known as a Nazi, because it at all times will get picked up and falls again on us.

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Pro-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 7, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit Change. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Police did their finest to maintain the 2 teams aside (Picture: PA)
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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Guy Bell/REX (10403881y) Both sides have a quick but lively debate. Pro and Anti-brexit protests, London, UK - 07 Sep 2019 Pro Brexit Yellow vests come to disrupt a pro EU protest in Whitehall.
Pro-remain commentator Paul Mason has a heated change (Picture: REX)

‘We hate racism in all its forms and antisemitic gestures such as this.’

They mentioned they usually write articles condemning far proper teams like National Action and laid a wreath outdoors the New Zealand embassy in reminiscence of the worshippers killed at the Al Noor Mosque in March.

Anti-racism group Hope not Hate mentioned: ‘Peaceful protesting is everyone’s legit proper – whichever aspect of the Brexit debate they’re on.

‘Unfortunately Brexit has also become a mobilising force for the far right and they’ve usually made their presence felt throughout protests outdoors Parliament.

‘These groups hide behind the tag of ‘pro-Brexit’ while utilizing violence and intimidation to hijack public areas – however they don’t symbolize anybody besides themselves.’

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