Es ist ein Gerücht, dass die Engländer sich gewöhnlicherweise für die politischen Underdogs einsetzen. Am Samstag waren es aber keine Hunde, sonder Dachse und weder die rechtsextreme BNP noch die Antifaschisten konnten so viele Leute auf der Straße bringen wie die Anhänger der schwarz-weißen Vierbeiner, und das eineinhalb Wochen nach der brutalen Ermordung von Lee Rigby und mitten in der wirtschaftlichen Rezession.
Special English Commentary (this is not a translation of the German article but a specially
written separate commentary for my English blog readers):
When two opposite political groups are about to meet such as the BNP (British National Party and the UAF (Unite Against Fascism) you may think it is a major event. In fact it was, though the main reason for that were neither. It were the over 1000 demonstrators who called for an end of the budger cull. In the mean time the Metropolitan Police managed to keep all groups relatively well apart (but some badger supprters joined the UAF group later on). Still 58 arrests were made, all supporters of UAF.
The real story here is that most people are politically apathetic in the UK. This was very clearly seen during the last regional elections, with turn outs between 20 and 40 percent. The more significant it is, that a topic as insignificant to human lives in times of austerity as badger culling got people onto the streets en mass. For sure standing up for badgers brings humane morals towards animals to light, and it is an exercise of showing that the British government is pushing through supposedly unscientific advice, if you believe the supporters of this cause. But one and a half weeks after Woolwich, and after years of hardship and cuts I was left with a curious sense of disbelieve. Neither did the BNP get more people to support their anti-immigration and anti-Europe ticket, presumably those who hold such believes switched sided with a party that doesn’t have a long history of far right affiliations, UKIP , nor did the anti-fascist UAF supporters match the numbers of supporters of those four legged black and white creatures. It is in a way most peculiarly British phenomenon. Perhaps time for some of the right media like especially the Daily Mail and the Sun to switch their discussions about immigrants and the EU to the topic of animal rights. This is what the nation is really worried about, or so it seemed on Saturday.
You can read my original report using google translate (if you do not speak German) here:
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