GALLERY: All quiet on the Wisbech front as anti-immigration protest passes peacefully in front of 300

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams. Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.

By Chris Bishop, Photos: Steve Williams
Saturday, May 18, 2013
5:11 PM

AROUND 300 people attended an anti-immigration protest in Wisbech Park today.

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Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.

They gathered to hear speakers, many carrying placards calling for an end to migration and for Britain to leave the EU.

One said “pensioners before asylum seekers”, another called for “no more European unelected bureaucratic rule, we want out”.

Two speakers from UKIP, who were due to attend the event, sent their apologies. The party said people should protest via the ballot box, rather than on the streets.

Organiser Dean Everitt said successive governments had lied about immigration and failed to deal with the issue.

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.

“Brussels is a million miles from here so why are we living under Brussels rules,” he said.

“Why are our own government not taking stock of our own problems and dealing with them for us.

“Why are we left in the hands of strangers who push these problems into us?

“We’re not allowed to deport foreign criminals; we’ve got to put up with them living in our country, scrounging benefits, taking liberties.”

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.

When Mr Everitt asked the crowd if anyone present had experienced problem with migrants, one man shouted: “Revolution.”

Another shouted: “They ought to fill that tunnel in. That’ d make it harder for ‘em to get here.”

Not everyone agreed with Mr Everitt. One woman heckled him, shouting that migrants were not to blame for the town’s problems.

“I’m not blaming them,” said Mr Everitt. “It’s the government, it’s the system.”

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.

Sharon Jardine, who has set up a Wisbech immigration Facebook page, said: “Today is a big day for Wisbech. You’ve had your say; you’re going to be heard.

“We have a message and that message is we want immigration to stop. We want it sorted now.

“We want David Cameron to see that we are sick of being treated like second-class citizens in our own country.”

Protestors were watched over by a sizeable contingent of police. Some filmed the protest.

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.

At one point, there were fears far right elements would try to hijack the event. But there were no arrests and the rally passed off peacefully.

11 comments

  • D'oh nit-picky Tom, The ONS site also reveals.. that out of london folk, 1 in 3 has been born abroad or 2.2 million for simples. Total number for UK born abroad is 5.2 m.

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    nrg

    Monday, May 20, 2013

  • I would have thought last year's Olympics confirmed that we are indeed a multi-cultural society. Without the sons and daughters of immigrants Team GB's medal haul would have been a lot smaller. Immigration has been a thorny issue ever since I can remember. In a world where foreign travel is so easy, and national boundaries are at best blurred, and in many ways meaningless, getting the balance right is very difficult. As someone for whom nationality is not important, I look at people as individuals. Some I like and respect and others I don't. As both a lawyer and a liebour 'crony', baroness Warsi is part of the problem, not part of the solution! Immigration should and could work If there was a proper system in place but there's isn't so it doesn't. Funny that...immigrants are expected to speak English if they want to live in Britain, but how many Brits speak Spanish in Spain or any other language in any other country they live in.... just asking... they are "ex-pats" then and can obviously behave as British as they please.... You lot obviously think you are above every other human race in the world!!! All this immigration being too high works both ways. Perhaps Britain should stop meddling with other countries and telling them how to live - or being involved in looting of other countries. Only then can we have a right to complain about immigration! Even if they speak some English, many would still resent and despise our culture and values in their thoughts. If you lived in a foreign land, would you change your ideas and beliefs? I look forward to the day we stop all the British coming to live in Spain until they can speak Spanish....At the moment there are 808,000 living here. Most cannot put two words together To all the Britons living in non English speaking countries... Get out and back to the UK until you learn the native language of the countries you want to live in, than you can go back... It's only fair!!! I don't know of many English who are fluent in Thai, but who have settled in Thailand, nor for that matter, in French or Spanish, with over a million in those two countries! Are you going to stop people coming if they are not speaking English? Unfortunately Britain is sunk to the bottom wrong priority to add in the past. too many collusion. Other thing is how can they come here as an illegal, and what steps are you going to take? Unfortunately too many people can't really speak English, and even say yes or no they don't know, just like I am speaking to the wall. for example of my question: do you speak English? and no answer." WHAT? I've always said that immigration should never be about race, colour or politics but about economics. If you're coming here to contribute by working, spending, investing and paying tax welcome aboard. As a British Asian myself, and a Muslim, i tend to disagree with Warsi. I am deeply proud of my heritage and language. At home i speak my own languages, Punjabi and Urdu. When out and about with family, i speak in Urdu etc. I will speak in whatever language I like. Nobody, absolutely nobody will tell us what language to speak. Obviously I appreciate everyone living here should ve able to speak a bit of English. But its not a must, especially for elders. After all, look at how many white brits move to other nations yet refuse to learn the languages? No, they expect others to learn or speak English, and the brits just don't wanna integrate. If u white brits don't do it when u move to other nations, don't expect or demand other others, Asians, Africans etc to have to learn English to fit in. Warsi is now selling out, turning on her own kind just to fit in. Me, Im Asian, Im proud of my languages and if it riles others when they cant understand our conversations, well get over it. IA

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    Ifti

    Saturday, May 18, 2013

  • Hi Noodle, I was wondering if you could provide a source for the following two claims : "There are now more "Non English speaking" Immigrants living in London, our capital city, than there are English, Two thirds of children born in most city Hospitals are to Non English". Been trying to research them, but apparently the 2011 census said that 78% of Londoners speak English as a first language... and for the second one, could only find a Daily Mail article about Ealing hospital. Would appreciate knowing where you got your stats from. Thanks!

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    TomWisbech

    Sunday, May 19, 2013

  • Erm... you know you can be non-white and still both BE English and speak English as your first language, right? So that will apply to a large chunk of London's 15.6% black, 19.6% Asian, 5% mixed race, 2.2% Irish populations etc. Unless you're saying that being black or Asian makes you less British somehow? I'm sure there are plenty of people who'd love to take you up on that point. Like I said, 78% of London are first-language English speakers, so the official statistics clearly show that their "lingo" is not "classed as a minority language".

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    TomWisbech

    Monday, May 20, 2013

  • perhaps if the goverment made our people work instead of claiming benefits we would not need the imigrants to work here an do the jobs that our people refuse to do

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    gander

    Saturday, May 18, 2013

  • more from pdf file via ONS...3. Births to foreign parents In 2011, a quarter (25.5%) of all births in England and Wales were to mothers born outside the United Kingdom. In London this figure was 56.7%. A PQ revealed that in 2011, 64.9% of all births in London were to couples where one or both were born outside the UK.

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    nrg

    Monday, May 20, 2013

  • According to the Office for National Statistics, based on the 2011 Census estimates...44.9 per cent White British...That makes white Brit natives almost an minority with their lingo also classed as a minority language. The white Brit natives in schools is also shrinking at an alarming rate

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    nrg

    Monday, May 20, 2013

  • lfti, How many of the Brits living in Spain are living on the Spanish welfare sytem, how many are getting Free Spanish healthcare, how many local jobs have been taken due to Immigrant gangs of Brits working for below minimum wage, many forced to do such work, Compare that number to the number who are not taking from the local Tax payer, but who are contributing to economy of that country, an economy that in some places depend on that input of wealth. We have Schools of 600 or more pupils here in England now, all are of Asian origin, this is not Intergration, There are now more "Non English speaking" Immigrants living in London, our capital city, than there are English, Two thirds of children born in most city Hospitals are to Non English, a huge percentage of crime now commited in the UK is commited by organised gangs from overseas, so please do us a favour and stay in Spain as we have no more money or room for you ..

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    Noodle

    Sunday, May 19, 2013

  • On a local note; the birth rate of babies born to foreign born mothers at the QE Lynn was 28 per cent. 2001 this was only 2 per cent.

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    nrg

    Monday, May 20, 2013

  • The lingo has changed, its now that faked 'gangsta' thicko grunts or MLE for the luvvie PC brigade amongst us.

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    nrg

    Monday, May 20, 2013

  • Thanks for providing a source, I've had a read. However, "64.9% of all births in London were to couples where one or both were born outside the UK" doesn't do anything to back up Noodle's claim that "Two thirds of children born in most city Hospitals are to Non English" since it only applies to London and not "most cities".

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    TomWisbech

    Monday, May 20, 2013

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