A group of right-wing protesters who were shouting “vile racist abuse” after a demonstration in Rotherham “got rather more than they bargained for” when violence broke out in the centre of the town, a court has heard.
A jury was shown CCTV footage of violent scenes in the South Yorkshire town when a group associated with the far-right Britain First group clashed with a group of mainly Asian men.
The footage showed fighting in the street between the two groups before police arrived in numbers to part them.
It was shown at Sheffield Crown Court at the opening of the trial of 10 Asian men who all claim they were acting in self-defence or defending others after they were attacked following a right-wing demonstration and anti-fascist counter protest in Rotherham on September 5 last year.
by Phil Turner
A Nazi ringleader led a drunken street attack on Asian men after an anti-fascist demonstration in Rotherham marking the racist murder of a grandfather, a jury has heard.
The protest took place in the south Yorkshire town in September last year. A group of Asian men, known as the Rotherham 12, were charged with violent disorder following the protest.
Their trial at Sheffield Crown Court heard that John Sheridan of the Nazi Yorkshire Finest group “led the charge” up a street from a town centre pub. The jury heard that Sheridan was intent on violence and shouting racist abuse.
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