Updated: Jan 13
Please Note, Some May Find Some Of The Aggressive And Violent Materials In This Article Distressing And Upsetting
After official Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests were cancelled in London on the 11th of June 2020 after a number of far-right hate groups threatened to harm anyone in support of Black Lives Matter. The streets of London had few BLM supporters in sight, whilst far-right groups took to the streets to cause havoc; attacking police and anyone in their way.
The right-wing extremists were chanting for the the current British Prime Minister, 'Boris [Johnson]', and English Defense League founder 'Tommy Robinson', who has since been affiliated with the right-wing political party UKIP.
Meanwhile, in the Liverpool City Region, peaceful protests against hate for Black Lives Matter where taking place outside St. George's Hall in Liverpool City Centre. This stark difference between the North, in Liverpool, and the South in London, made Liverpudlians feel even greater detachment from England, particularly London, as the North/South Divide can be heavily felt in the Liverpudlian Region.
This growing distance is in addition to the fact that Liverpool voted to 'Remain' in the EU Referendum, something that Prime Minister Johnson spearheaded. Alongside the longstanding feelings of the Conservative's continual attacks on the city; from Thatcher's 'managed decline' and Andrea Leadsom's 'managed exit' of the EU, to Boris Johnson's contemptuous comments about Liverpool and the Hillsborough Disaster, in which he said that Liverpool 'see themselves whenever possible as victims, and resent their victim status; yet at the same time they wallow in it.'
Many Liverpudlians felt proud that yet again Liverpool was showing peace, acceptance and progressive attitudes in the city, whilst believing that far-right extremists where out on the streets of London feeling empowered by UKIP, Brexit and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Videos shared online show far-right white supremacists invade the Capital and attack police for no reason other than to cause harm and chaos. The chaotic riots in London were widely condemned by the national press, MPs, the general public and celebrities. As well as Boris Johnson speaking out and criticising the attacks on the Capital.
Liverpudlians flooded social media platforms with their pride to be from the Liverpool City Region, in which they pointed out that such diversity and culture is openly celebrated compared to London where it is seemingly on the decline.