The actions of a far-right group in Coventry last weekend have been “unreservedly condemned” by a government minister.
The comments came after Britain First carried out protests against asylum seekers being sheltered by the government at two hotels in Coventry.
As reported, police were called first to the Coventry Hill Hotel in Allesley on Saturday, August 29, and then to the Royal Court Hotel in Keresley, where two men were arrested.
One of them, James White, of St Michaels Crescent in Southam, has been charged with common assault and is due to appear at Coventry Magistrates Court on October 22.
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Yesterday, Wednesday, September 2, anti-racism campaigners and asylum seekers gathered at Broadgate Square to send out the message that far-right groups are not welcome in Coventry.
And the issue was also discussed in the House of Commons as MPs returned from the summer recess.
In a debate yesterday on the Channel crossings, Navendu Mishra, Labour MP for Stockport, asked: “What steps are the government taking to ensure that more accommodation settings for migrants are not targeted by far-right groups, as was the case in Coventry recently?”
Chris Philp, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Office and Minister for Immigration Compliance, replied: “I unreservedly condemn the incidents that the hon. Gentleman is describing, and the police have the Home Office’s full support in protecting people from such unacceptable abuse.”
The protests on Saturday have also been criticised by Coventry MPs.
Taiwo Owatemi, MP for Coventry North West, said over the weekend that she had written to both the Home Office and West Midlands Police for more information.
She added: “Britain First does not represent the vast majority of Coventry.
“A hateful minority will not falter the strength and welcoming spirit of our local community.”
Zarah Sultana, MP for Coventry South, added: “Fascism has no place in Coventry or in society.
“We have a proud tradition of welcoming migrants and refugees and I know we will stand up and fight back against the far-right.”