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The BNP tried to hold a rally in Croydon and almost no one showed up

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In the week that the image of a three-year-old boy washed up on a beach shocked Europe about its refugee crisis, the British National Party (yes, they still exist, apparently) decided to hold an anti-immigration rally in Croydon, south London.

According to observers, journalists and lots of photographic evidence, they had a "hearteningly crap turnout" outside the Lunar House building on Saturday.

The extreme right-wing group had reportedly invited a "200-strong pan-patriotic alliance", but according to the Croydon Advertiser those in attendance amounted to "fewer than 20".

They were joined by another man called Jez Turner, who, according to the Advertiser, labelled himself an 'independent patriot'. Turner reportedly spent his afternoon using a loudspeaker to accost anti-fascist protesters, calling them "middle-class traitors".

There were an estimated 120 anti-fascist protesters who joined a counter-demonstration, chanting "Nazi scum, off our streets" and "Refugees, welcome here" throughout.

Nevertheless, the chaps at BNP HQ seemed to think the march was a roaring success...

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