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LD50

Demonstrators gathered on the corner of Dalston’s Kingsland Road and Tottenham Road on 25 February to call for the closure of LD50, an art gallery which recently hosted an exhibition featuring works by members of the ‘alt-right’, a pro-Donald Trump movement which to many appears to be a thinly veiled rebranding of the Neo-Nazi movement.

The gallery has previously held talks by fascist figures including Brett Stevens, a self-proclaimed ‘American paleoconservative writer’ and editor of the far-right blog Amerika.org. Stevens has previously praised far-right terrorist Anders Breivik, writing shortly after his attack: ‘I am honored to be so mentioned by someone who is clearly far braver than I, no comment on his methods, but he chose to act where many of us write, think and dream.’

Organisers of the protest wrote of the gallery and its programming: ‘It is imperative that this is not allowed to continue, that the gallery is shut down… The materials produced by the gallery, and the culture they promote, are a real threat to many of the communities living in Dalston.’

Gallery owner Lucia Diego responded to word of the upcoming protest, saying, ‘The attacks against us have come from a position of ignorance, fuelled by emotions that have ratcheted up a group dynamic that has, intentionally, obviated the possibility of rational interpretation.’

Counter-protestors labelling themselves as ‘anti-antifa’ had planned to disrupt the protest, but made no appearances during the day. However, at least one demonstrator was physically assaulted by members of the Socialist Worker Party after confronting them about their involvement in the rape-apologist organisation and its many fronts

At 11:00AM, demonstrators gathered in front of LD50, before marching up and down Kingsland Road, thereafter returning to the gallery for speeches. The following photographs were taken during these events.

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 A demonstrator chants ‘Nazi scum!’ in front of LD50.

A demonstrator chants ‘Nazi scum!’ in front of LD50.

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 A lone counter-protestor tells the crowd that he feels spaces should exist where discussions can be had with people holding ‘very right-wing ideas.’

A lone counter-protestor tells the crowd that he feels spaces should exist where discussions can be had with people holding ‘very right-wing ideas.’

 Children kick and slap the shutter in front of LD50’s entrance, while a man affixes a leaflet protesting the gallery’s programming.

Children kick and slap the shutter in front of LD50’s entrance, while a man affixes a leaflet protesting the gallery’s programming.

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 Police escort the counter-protestor away from the crowd of demonstrators.

Police escort the counter-protestor away from the crowd of demonstrators.

 Demonstrators march down Kingsland Road.

Demonstrators march down Kingsland Road.

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 Two participants embrace during the march down Kingsland Road.

Two participants embrace during the march down Kingsland Road.

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 A member of Movement for Justice speaks to protestors after the march down Kingsland Road, and assures them that action will continue until LD50 is closed.

A member of Movement for Justice speaks to protestors after the march down Kingsland Road, and assures them that action will continue until LD50 is closed.

 A London Antifascist sticker placed on the entrance to LD50

A London Antifascist sticker placed on the entrance to LD50