The newly-formed Veterans Against Terrorism (VAT) movement took to the city’s streets on Saturday in protest against a “recent upsurge” in Islamic terror attacks. Hundreds armed with flags march through Newcastle. The group is an organization for serving, ex-military, and emergency services personnel and formed following the Manchester Arena bombing atrocity by a Muslim jihadist.
Chronicle Live Holding flags, banners and with service medals pinned to their chest, ex-servicemen were joined by the Football Lads Alliance and members of the public for the march. And the speakers told of their “sheer frustration” after seeing families being torn apart by Islamic terrorist attacks.
UK Government reports that there are approximately 23,000 Islamic jihadists in Britain, NOT 3,000 as previously reported
One of the speakers said, “We are concerned about the state of our country. There’s a lack of police and our people don’t feel safe.” “We have veterans living on the streets and we’re not looking after our own. We have got to protect our families and our children.”
Robert Wheatley, 78, is chairman of The Parachute Regimental Association’s Durham branch said: “Like everyone else, we’ve seen the atrocities in London and Manchester. Ex-soldiers served to keep this country safe and we want to keep it that way.”
While the group marched through the city, more than 100 fascist counter protesters with Newcastle Unites showed up to mock and heckle the veterans. As scores of police stood on guard around the city, officers had to stand in between some VATs after they broke away from the crowd to shout and jeer at their opponents.
Weyman Bennett, national convener for Stand Up to Racism, said: “We want peace but we are here because of those people who want to sow the seeds of division and hatred.”
Tony Dowling, of Newcastle Unites organisation committee, said: “We are here because the Veterans Against Terrorism are marching not just against terrorism but against Jihadist Islamic terrorism. “If they were just marching against terrorism we would not have a problem, but they are clearly targeting and demonising our Muslim sisters and brothers, so we felt it was necessary to be here.”