Anti-fascists are gearing up for a protest in Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday 23 January to oppose a march by the racist thugs of the English Defence League (EDL).
The EDL stokes up violence and race hatred wherever it marches.
It now seems that both sides of fascism – electoral work and street fighting – will target Stoke-on-Trent together this month.
The fascist British National Party (BNP) is also focusing on the city.
It has a press conference planned for Friday of this week which will launch the BNP’s general and local election campaigns in the city.
The BNP already has nine councillors in Stoke.
But the potential to drive back the fascists was clearly shown last summer, when 20,000 people – mostly young, white local residents – attended a Love Music Hate Racism festival in Stoke.