Anti-Fascists acquitted of conspiracy to commit violent disorder

04.10.11 | |

Anti-Fascist protestor Dominic Rollin has been acquitted of conspiracy to commit violent disorder after the Crown had alleged he had been the ring leader in a pre-planned attack on known Neo-Nazis. Counsel Liam Walker acted for defendant in the proceedings.

 

On the 28th March 2009 a fascist organisation called "Blood and Honour" had organised a concert in at a pub in Welling, Kent. Rollins and his co-defendants in the trial belonged to an anti fascist organisation called "ANTIFA". A protest to demonstrate against Blood and Honour was to be held outside of the premises. However, when the defendants and others arrived at Welling it became clear that the fascists were gathered in large numbers and would present a clear risk to the safety of any protestor. The group returned to Welling Railway station where violence did erupt, and which resulted in a confirmed neo Nazi being badly hurt.



Of the 23 charged 7 were convicted in the first trial. Mr Rollin and those tried in the second trial were acquitted unanimously. The verdicts themselves were greeted with loud applause and cheering from the public gallery.

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