Cambridgeshire Constabulary has failed to object to a neo-Nazi rally for hundreds of fascists from across Europe because they believed the organisers’ claims that they were holding a ‘charity event’. They have also claimed that there was no “crime committed” as hundreds of men performed Nazi salutes in response to antisemitic songs and calls of “Seig Heil”.
Blood and Honour, a neo-Nazi organisation banned in many European countries and Russia, held the event on 23rd and 24th September in Haddenham to commemorate the death of its founder, Ian Stuart Donaldson, in a car crash in 1993.
Hundreds of ‘skinhead’ Nazis from around Europe gathered to camp for two days and held a rave in a marquee, singing about Jews and performing Nazi salutes in response to the call of “Sieg Heil” from the stage.
One song’s chorus laments: “Once a nation, now we’re run by Jews” before declaring: “It’s time we drove out the traitors” — clear criminal incitement to racial hatred.
Blood and Honour organise a event every one or two months in the UK, but this was a major event at which approximately three quarters of attendees came from Europe. A witness told the BBC that there were “a lot of cars, a big bonfire and a lot of music…The one that I heard was a song about white power and this kept going on and on. It was very loud and distinctive.”
The event required a permit from East Cambridgeshire District Council and during the application process Cambridgeshire Constabulary were asked whether they had objections. They said they had none, as the organiser claimed that the event was in aid of Help for Heroes. Help for Heroes, which assists injured soldiers and their families said that the event had nothing to do with them, and that they would not accept donations from extremist organisations.
Now, a Cambridgeshire Constabulary spokesman has told Cambridge News that “We had been in contact with other forces about similar events and were aware of a possible right wing element” but that there was no “crime committed”, despite the brazen antisemitic slogans and Nazi salutes.
From the footage that has emerged, it is very clear that multiple criminal offences have been committed and Cambridgeshire Constabulary must immediately investigate.