GALLERY: All quiet on the Wisbech front as anti-immigration protest passes peacefully in front of 300

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

AROUND 300 people attended an anti-immigration protest in Wisbech Park today.

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

They gathered to hear speakers, many carrying placards calling for an end to migration and for Britain to leave the EU.

Sharon Jardine, now a UKIP member, at anti immigration demonstration in Wisbech Park. Picture: Steve

Sharon Jardine, now a UKIP member, at anti immigration demonstration in Wisbech Park. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

One said “pensioners before asylum seekers”, another called for “no more European unelected bureaucratic rule, we want out”.

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Two speakers from UKIP, who were due to attend the event, sent their apologies. The party said people should protest via the ballot box, rather than on the streets.

Dean Everitt at anti immigration demonstration in Wisbech Park. Picture: Steve Williams.

Dean Everitt at anti immigration demonstration in Wisbech Park. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Organiser Dean Everitt said successive governments had lied about immigration and failed to deal with the issue.

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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“Brussels is a million miles from here so why are we living under Brussels rules,” he said.

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams.

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

“Why are our own government not taking stock of our own problems and dealing with them for us.

Some of those in Wisbech Park for today's protest

Some of those in Wisbech Park for today's protest - Credit: Archant

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“Why are we left in the hands of strangers who push these problems into us?

Some of those in Wisbech Park for today's protest

Some of those in Wisbech Park for today's protest - Credit: Archant

“We’re not allowed to deport foreign criminals; we’ve got to put up with them living in our country, scrounging benefits, taking liberties.”

Some of those in Wisbech Park for today's protest

Some of those in Wisbech Park for today's protest - Credit: Archant

When Mr Everitt asked the crowd if anyone present had experienced problem with migrants, one man shouted: “Revolution.”

Another shouted: “They ought to fill that tunnel in. That’ d make it harder for ‘em to get here.”

Not everyone agreed with Mr Everitt. One woman heckled him, shouting that migrants were not to blame for the town’s problems.

“I’m not blaming them,” said Mr Everitt. “It’s the government, it’s the system.”

Sharon Jardine, who has set up a Wisbech immigration Facebook page, said: “Today is a big day for Wisbech. You’ve had your say; you’re going to be heard.

“We have a message and that message is we want immigration to stop. We want it sorted now.

“We want David Cameron to see that we are sick of being treated like second-class citizens in our own country.”

Protestors were watched over by a sizeable contingent of police. Some filmed the protest.

At one point, there were fears far right elements would try to hijack the event. But there were no arrests and the rally passed off peacefully.

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