Brighton's most senior police officer has accused anti-fascist demonstrators of being "determined to attack any bald man who looked right wing" at a protest.Wow! That's going a bit off message for the wonderful modern police 'service', isn't it?
Ch Supt Nev Kemp said: "My understanding is that most of the protesters that said they might be coming to Brighton actually went up to Bristol, so they didn't appear."
But he said the anti-fascist counter-protest did go ahead and he added: "There were a significant number who took part who were intent on violence and criminality."*gasps* Say it ain't so!
Mr Kemp said: "There were a number of people in the protest who showed they were actually - ironically, bearing in mind the protest is about tolerance - some of the most intolerant people you could come across."*settles in with popcorn*
Elaine Ortiz, of anti-fascist group the English Disco Lovers (Ed: Nope, me either...), said none of her group were involved in any violence.
She told The Argus: "I think that's a mistaken assumption that any violence came from the anti-fascist group.
"We had a public meeting with representatives from all the groups and it was discussed very clearly that on the day of the demo there was a skinhead reunion planned.
"So everyone was fully aware of the potential confusion.
"We were all planning a safe and peaceful protest, we wanted to represent Brighton in a peaceful manner."You always have such good intentions, don't you? And yet, violence inexplicably 'just happens'...