Polish Neo-Nazis Blamed For Festival Riot
Monday 23rd June 2014
A man has been stabbed after a group, described by witnesses as 'Polish neo-nazis', were involved in violent scenes at a music event in Tottenham.
Video footage shows fireworks and rocks being thrown at the crowd during the disturbance, which took place at Markfield Recreation Ground on Saturday.
Around 150 people, including families, had gathered there for the community event when a group of around 20 people, described by police as 'predominantly male and from the Eastern European community', arrived and launched an unprovoked attack.
Journalist Oz Katerji was there enjoying the event and described on Twitter what happened:
About 150 of us were having a party in Markfield Park in Tottenham, Neo-nazi polish fascists turn up, full scale riot operation— Oz Katerji (@OzKaterji) June 21, 2014
Someone has been stabbed, multiple fascists arrested, videos to follow— Oz Katerji (@OzKaterji) June 21, 2014
He went on to say that there were a number of Polish people who had also been there enjoying the event who "fought off the facists."
Haringey Green Party has claimed that the group were part of a small extreme nationalist Polish group called Zjednoczeni Emigranci (literally translated as United Immigrants), who had planned an event of their own nearby.
ZE are described as a relatively small but hardcore group, their social media pages show racist and neo-nazi imagery, and they have close ties to football hooliganism in Poland.
Police have confirmed that they were called at 9.10pm and found a 24 year old Polish man suffering from a stab wound. He was taken to an east London hospital and his condition is not thought to be serious.
Officers from Haringey CID are investigating. No-one has been arrested in connection with the stabbing.
A 22-year-old Polish man was arrested after a man's kippah was pushed from his head. He has subsequently been charged with racially and religiously aggravated common assault.
Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call Haringey CID on 101. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Anti-facism campaign group Unite Against Facism is organising a peaceful vigil at Tottenham Green - opposite Tottenham Town Hall - at 6pm this evening in response.
Meanwhile the organisation North London Anti-Fascists is calling for members of public to keep an eye out for facist propaganda.
"We urge anyone who notices ZE graffiti, stickers, or planned events to get in contact with us as soon as possible. We will not stop until every piece of ZE graffiti and stickers are removed or covered up, and their events so opposed by antifascists that they are forced to abandon them.
"We are actively monitoring ZE on social media and if they dare to try to intimidate the communities of North London again we will be there to oppose and stop them."