Far right group paraded 'It's ok to be white' banner while walking in the Peak District

A far right group held up a banner that read ‘It’s ok to be white’ while on a walk in the Peak District over the weekend.

By Lizzie Day
Monday, 1st March 2021, 11:48 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 12:40 pm

Nearly a dozen members from Patriotic Alternative East Midlands – a right wing political organisation which has regional groups across the country – posed in a photo with their faces blurred out as they held up the provocative banner, which was posted to Twitter on February 28.

The group which refers to its recruits as ‘patriots’ claim ‘native British people are set to become a minority by 2066’ and say they campaign against the alleged ‘demographic decline’ of ‘native Britons’ in the UK, mass immigration and a reported ‘indoctrination and political bias’ which they claim is taking place in schools.

In a tweet which was liked 97 times, the East Midlands branch wrote: “Yesterday a group of patriots from across the Midlands hiked through the Peak District with a message: It's okay to be white.

The East Midlands Patriotic Alternative group took pictures in the Peak District with a flag that read 'It's ok to be white'. Credit: Twitter.

"#ItsOkayToBeWhite #WeWereNeverAsked”.

Under the post which protected the identity of their members holding up the banner in Derbyshire, the extremist group urged people to ‘preserve’ British history by joining their right wing campaign in a second tweet.

Patriotic Alternative East Midlands said: “We enjoyed beautiful scenery, great conversation and a history lesson at Thor's Cave.

“Our land is steeped in our history and only we can preserve it.”

While one social media user questioned why members holding the banner had been given anonymity, by writing: “Why you hiding your faces?”.

Another person replied: “Magnificent banner well done guys.”

The group previously criticised Derbyshire County Council’s decision to take part in Holocaust Memorial Day and to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of anti-Semitism – which opposes all forms of hatred and harassment towards people who belong to the Jewish faith.

Patriotic Alternative East Midlands claimed the local authority was attacking their freedom of speech in a tweet which read: “Derbyshire council think it is their place to tell people what they can and cannot say, with the police helping to enforce this new policy.

“Will they adopt a definition of anti-whiteism?

"When will our right to self-determination be recognised?”.

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