The far right organised a “Yellow Vest” pro-Brexit demo in Leeds on 19 January.
Since it was also a RMT strike day on Northern Trains, a special effort was made by the Leeds labour movement to turn out for the city centre picket.
In Manchester recently, fascists on a “yellow vest” demo abused and threatened a picket line.
About 100 turned out to back the RMT: Labour people, various flavours of socialists, Momentum, Young Labour, and Leeds Anti Fascist Network.
A couple of fascists turned up to jeer and film, but the main yellow vest group stayed clear.
The far right protest was called by Antifa Public Watch, the same people who tried to break up a Socialist Party meeting in Leeds on 7 January. Their demands paid some lip service to economic issues, but were classic fascist: “close the borders”, “put British people before migrants”, oppose the “globalists”.
There were about 180 of them. There was a neo-Nazi British Movement flag and some of the marchers threw Nazi salutes.
Videos show them jeering at BAME police officers and threatening shop workers who opposed them.