Fascist attack in Belfast

On the 29th of March 2008 an unsuccessful attempt to attack a Belfast city centre pub by a thirty strong group of loyalists and neo-nazi's left a Celtic supporter fighting for his life.

The thirty strong group of loyalists/neo-nazi's had earlier been seen in the city centre taking photographs of themselves with Union Jack flags inscribed with 'No Surrender' along with other loyalist and nazi paraphernalia. Staff in a city centre bar notified the authorities that there would be trouble if the group wasn't properly monitored. According to reports the group was then heard shouting slogans associated with Linfield FC's hooligan crew, ‘Section F’ and also ‘C18, C18’. At the junction of Kings Street and Castle Street they tried to enter Cosgraves pub but were repelled by a group of Celtic supporters who happened to be inside watching the Celtic versus Rangers game earlier that day. Bottles, chairs and tables were used to repel the attackers and the fascists retreated to the other side of the road onto the footpath where they continued to 'dance on the footpath'.

Trying to entice the occupants of the pub outside, they brandished knives, extendible batons and brass knuckles. They were all well dressed, all in black with faces covered with scarves (some with goggle jackets) and wearing baseball caps. When they realised that they could not successfully have a go at what they called 'Fenian Bastards', the gang made their way back towards the city centre and Jury's Hotel where they headed for Sandy Row to where they later dispersed. On their way, as a Celtic supporter was walking towards the junction of Castle St his throat was slashed with a knife as the gang passed him.

There's a strong possibility that the attack was a 'Blues Brothers' attack, with fascists from Chelsea, Linfield and Rangers combining and also the possibility that fascists from Leeds and the notoriously neo-nazi ‘Section B’ hooligans from Airdrie in Scotland were involved. A 43-year-old man and three youths, aged 15 and 17 were later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and affray in relation to the attack. Five others were also arrested and released on bail.

On the 29th of March 2008 an unsuccessful attempt to attack a Belfast city centre pub by a thirty strong group of loyalists and neo-nazi's left a Celtic supporter fighting for his life.

The thirty strong group of loyalists/neo-nazi's had earlier been seen in the city centre taking photographs of themselves with Union Jack flags inscribed with 'No Surrender' along with other loyalist and nazi paraphernalia. Staff in a city centre bar notified the authorities that there would be trouble if the group wasn't properly monitored. According to reports the group was then heard shouting slogans associated with Linfield FC's hooligan crew, ‘Section F’ and also ‘C18, C18’. At the junction of Kings Street and Castle Street they tried to enter Cosgraves pub but were repelled by a group of Celtic supporters who happened to be inside watching the Celtic versus Rangers game earlier that day. Bottles, chairs and tables were used to repel the attackers and the fascists retreated to the other side of the road onto the footpath where they continued to 'dance on the footpath'.

Trying to entice the occupants of the pub outside, they brandished knives, extendible batons and brass knuckles. They were all well dressed, all in black with faces covered with scarves (some with goggle jackets) and wearing baseball caps. When they realised that they could not successfully have a go at what they called 'Fenian Bastards', the gang made their way back towards the city centre and Jury's Hotel where they headed for Sandy Row to where they later dispersed. On their way, as a Celtic supporter was walking towards the junction of Castle St his throat was slashed with a knife as the gang passed him.

There's a strong possibility that the attack was a 'Blues Brothers' attack, with fascists from Chelsea, Linfield and Rangers combining and also the possibility that fascists from Leeds and the notoriously neo-nazi ‘Section B’ hooligans from Airdrie in Scotland were involved. A 43-year-old man and three youths, aged 15 and 17 were later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and affray in relation to the attack. Five others were also arrested and released on bail.

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