'I'm not a racist', says man photographed at North West Infidels protest

Sean Gaskell, in the yellow jacket, in front of the protesters who are carrying a North West Infidels flag

Sean Gaskell, in the yellow jacket, in front of the protesters who are carrying a North West Infidels flag

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A BOLTON man photographed at the North West Infidels anti-mosque protesters’ march says he is appalled to have been associated with the far right.

Sean Gaskell was pictured at the protest in Blackburn Road on Saturday, along with demonstrators carrying a St George’s flag with "NWI 1 - UAF 0" and "White Aryan Resistance" written on it.

The 55-year-old, from Heaton, says he attended the protest out of worries about the traffic implications, should the Taiyabah Islamic Centre be given the go-ahead to extend its premises.

 The protest was met by a counter-demonstration organised by the Bolton Trades Union Council and Unite Against Fascism (UAF).

Grandfather Mr Gaskell said: “My reasons for going along were because I wanted to listen to the speeches.

“I drive a wagon up and down Blackburn Road.

“I’m worried about the effect traffic going to and from the mosque is going to have on the road.

“I’m absolutely gutted that I’ve been tarnished with the National Front or the EDL.

“I’ve got a lot of Muslim friends and Asian friends – I go to India every year for my holiday.

“People are entitled to what they believe, and I believe in freedom of speech, but the only group I’m a member of is a golf club.

“I’m not a racist.”

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10:18am Fri 8 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

I Would Have Gone To Witness The Intimidation, The Abuse, The Press Behavior, The Police Antics They Get Up to, Its Fascinating, The False Reporting, But I Did Not Know About The Protest But That Does Not Surprise Me.
I Would Have Gone To Witness The Intimidation, The Abuse, The Press Behavior, The Police Antics They Get Up to, Its Fascinating, The False Reporting, But I Did Not Know About The Protest But That Does Not Surprise Me. Gore Seer
  • Score: 1

10:22am Fri 8 Aug 14

rostron says...

Applaud you for going to support what you believe in, & you are obviously not what Cllr Guy Harkin describes those that attended, quote, they looked like the cast of Benefits street "
Applaud you for going to support what you believe in, & you are obviously not what Cllr Guy Harkin describes those that attended, quote, they looked like the cast of Benefits street " rostron
  • Score: 30

10:25am Fri 8 Aug 14

waterbottle says...

Did you protest about the implications when the sixth form college was built in town. Have you ever drove past it during college hours Blackburn road traffic is minor.
Did you protest about the implications when the sixth form college was built in town. Have you ever drove past it during college hours Blackburn road traffic is minor. waterbottle
  • Score: 0

10:55am Fri 8 Aug 14

breightmet kid says...

Are people no longer allowed to express their feelings and thoughts.

Why are these people protesting, they have a view that needs to be heard, properly and in a sensible way, and not be labelled by some twit of a Councillor who probably doesn't realise that some in the crowd we his own electors.

It is the politicians. of all colours and creeds, MP's and Councillors, that have caused all the trouble.

Perhaps if the ones in power listened to what millions of people are saying we would have a much better society. The silent majority are not being heard.

The political conference season begins in October and onward from there until May 2015 we will hear these politician spouting on all matter of subjects but the silent majority will still be ignored.

I will be voting for Captain Sensible, not the Rag Tag and Bobtail we have now.
Are people no longer allowed to express their feelings and thoughts. Why are these people protesting, they have a view that needs to be heard, properly and in a sensible way, and not be labelled by some twit of a Councillor who probably doesn't realise that some in the crowd we his own electors. It is the politicians. of all colours and creeds, MP's and Councillors, that have caused all the trouble. Perhaps if the ones in power listened to what millions of people are saying we would have a much better society. The silent majority are not being heard. The political conference season begins in October and onward from there until May 2015 we will hear these politician spouting on all matter of subjects but the silent majority will still be ignored. I will be voting for Captain Sensible, not the Rag Tag and Bobtail we have now. breightmet kid
  • Score: 26

11:26am Fri 8 Aug 14

SleepingThunder says...

Why come out & make a statement giving your action more profile in local news?
Just tell the truth that you was earning some cash on side as a lollypop man. Turncoat
Why come out & make a statement giving your action more profile in local news? Just tell the truth that you was earning some cash on side as a lollypop man. Turncoat SleepingThunder
  • Score: -6

12:06pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says...

Three aged thugs who have bullied people for years.
Three aged thugs who have bullied people for years. Djorkaeff's right peg
  • Score: 6

12:29pm Fri 8 Aug 14

MarkAllRead says...

The problem is, Muslims can now do whatever they want because anyone who objects gets labelled a racist, regardless of the perfectly valid objections that they have. This poor man has fallen foul of this toxic situation.
The problem is, Muslims can now do whatever they want because anyone who objects gets labelled a racist, regardless of the perfectly valid objections that they have. This poor man has fallen foul of this toxic situation. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 8

12:37pm Fri 8 Aug 14

johnnyjackson says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
The problem is, Muslims can now do whatever they want because anyone who objects gets labelled a racist, regardless of the perfectly valid objections that they have. This poor man has fallen foul of this toxic situation.
Visit youtube and type NWI, then come back and tell me who's racist.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: The problem is, Muslims can now do whatever they want because anyone who objects gets labelled a racist, regardless of the perfectly valid objections that they have. This poor man has fallen foul of this toxic situation.[/p][/quote]Visit youtube and type NWI, then come back and tell me who's racist. johnnyjackson
  • Score: 10

1:37pm Fri 8 Aug 14

garyengland says...

Seriously, if you go and stand with people with white power flag you can't complain about being called racist. If I go on a demo I make sure I know **** well who I am demoing with.

If you wanted to protest against traffic implications, demoing with these losers was not the right way to go about it,
Seriously, if you go and stand with people with white power flag you can't complain about being called racist. If I go on a demo I make sure I know **** well who I am demoing with. If you wanted to protest against traffic implications, demoing with these losers was not the right way to go about it, garyengland
  • Score: 5

2:00pm Fri 8 Aug 14

BlueRay79 says...

waterbottle wrote:
Did you protest about the implications when the sixth form college was built in town. Have you ever drove past it during college hours Blackburn road traffic is minor.
"the sixth form college" benefits everyone from all religions. Just saying!
[quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: Did you protest about the implications when the sixth form college was built in town. Have you ever drove past it during college hours Blackburn road traffic is minor.[/p][/quote]"the sixth form college" benefits everyone from all religions. Just saying! BlueRay79
  • Score: 1

2:00pm Fri 8 Aug 14

MarkAllRead says...

johnnyjackson wrote:
MarkAllRead wrote:
The problem is, Muslims can now do whatever they want because anyone who objects gets labelled a racist, regardless of the perfectly valid objections that they have. This poor man has fallen foul of this toxic situation.
Visit youtube and type NWI, then come back and tell me who's racist.
I didn't mention NWI, I'm referring to *anyone* who objects.
[quote][p][bold]johnnyjackson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: The problem is, Muslims can now do whatever they want because anyone who objects gets labelled a racist, regardless of the perfectly valid objections that they have. This poor man has fallen foul of this toxic situation.[/p][/quote]Visit youtube and type NWI, then come back and tell me who's racist.[/p][/quote]I didn't mention NWI, I'm referring to *anyone* who objects. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 7

2:06pm Fri 8 Aug 14

IvanCamposHair says...

Complete shame that these knuckle heads have taken over a legitimate issue of traffic.

Some Muslims were against the mosque expansion.

These far right idiots have latched onto the campaign and taken it over for their own agenda, contiuing to pretend it is local people who are involved.

Unless there is a Scotland between Halliwell and Smithills then I am pretty sure the Scottish Defence League are not from Bolton.
Complete shame that these knuckle heads have taken over a legitimate issue of traffic. Some Muslims were against the mosque expansion. These far right idiots have latched onto the campaign and taken it over for their own agenda, contiuing to pretend it is local people who are involved. Unless there is a Scotland between Halliwell and Smithills then I am pretty sure the Scottish Defence League are not from Bolton. IvanCamposHair
  • Score: 0

3:13pm Fri 8 Aug 14

655321 says...

BlueRay79 wrote:
waterbottle wrote:
Did you protest about the implications when the sixth form college was built in town. Have you ever drove past it during college hours Blackburn road traffic is minor.
"the sixth form college" benefits everyone from all religions. Just saying!
Very good point. Developments like colleges, housing and other infrastructure are necessary for society and unavoidable given the increasing population.

Buildings for the unnecessary worship of man-made sky fairies are NOT needed.
[quote][p][bold]BlueRay79[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: Did you protest about the implications when the sixth form college was built in town. Have you ever drove past it during college hours Blackburn road traffic is minor.[/p][/quote]"the sixth form college" benefits everyone from all religions. Just saying![/p][/quote]Very good point. Developments like colleges, housing and other infrastructure are necessary for society and unavoidable given the increasing population. Buildings for the unnecessary worship of man-made sky fairies are NOT needed. 655321
  • Score: 5

4:42pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

655321 wrote:
BlueRay79 wrote:
waterbottle wrote:
Did you protest about the implications when the sixth form college was built in town. Have you ever drove past it during college hours Blackburn road traffic is minor.
"the sixth form college" benefits everyone from all religions. Just saying!
Very good point. Developments like colleges, housing and other infrastructure are necessary for society and unavoidable given the increasing population.

Buildings for the unnecessary worship of man-made sky fairies are NOT needed.
There Are Quite A Few Man Made Fairies And Believe Me I Don't Worship Them.
[quote][p][bold]655321[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlueRay79[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: Did you protest about the implications when the sixth form college was built in town. Have you ever drove past it during college hours Blackburn road traffic is minor.[/p][/quote]"the sixth form college" benefits everyone from all religions. Just saying![/p][/quote]Very good point. Developments like colleges, housing and other infrastructure are necessary for society and unavoidable given the increasing population. Buildings for the unnecessary worship of man-made sky fairies are NOT needed.[/p][/quote]There Are Quite A Few Man Made Fairies And Believe Me I Don't Worship Them. Gore Seer
  • Score: 2

4:43pm Fri 8 Aug 14

knowledgeiskey says...

I feel sorry for people like him.every time they voice an opinion they are racist. I lived round there.I am Muslim and can honestly agree with this protest. There is no need for a bigger mosque. Better car parking for the current. educate the current attendees. They need to understand the parking laws of the UK. They are happy to take all the benefit of living here but still think they are driving in Islamabad,Karachi,La
hore etc. They are arrogant,expecting everything their way. Its embarrassing. I spend all my time justifying,apologizi
ng and explaining why my religious brothers and sisters are so badly behaved,.
I feel sorry for people like him.every time they voice an opinion they are racist. I lived round there.I am Muslim and can honestly agree with this protest. There is no need for a bigger mosque. Better car parking for the current. educate the current attendees. They need to understand the parking laws of the UK. They are happy to take all the benefit of living here but still think they are driving in Islamabad,Karachi,La hore etc. They are arrogant,expecting everything their way. Its embarrassing. I spend all my time justifying,apologizi ng and explaining why my religious brothers and sisters are so badly behaved,. knowledgeiskey
  • Score: 6

4:48pm Fri 8 Aug 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

knowledgeiskey wrote:
I feel sorry for people like him.every time they voice an opinion they are racist. I lived round there.I am Muslim and can honestly agree with this protest. There is no need for a bigger mosque. Better car parking for the current. educate the current attendees. They need to understand the parking laws of the UK. They are happy to take all the benefit of living here but still think they are driving in Islamabad,Karachi,La

hore etc. They are arrogant,expecting everything their way. Its embarrassing. I spend all my time justifying,apologizi

ng and explaining why my religious brothers and sisters are so badly behaved,.
Is anybody buying this act....?
[quote][p][bold]knowledgeiskey[/bold] wrote: I feel sorry for people like him.every time they voice an opinion they are racist. I lived round there.I am Muslim and can honestly agree with this protest. There is no need for a bigger mosque. Better car parking for the current. educate the current attendees. They need to understand the parking laws of the UK. They are happy to take all the benefit of living here but still think they are driving in Islamabad,Karachi,La hore etc. They are arrogant,expecting everything their way. Its embarrassing. I spend all my time justifying,apologizi ng and explaining why my religious brothers and sisters are so badly behaved,.[/p][/quote]Is anybody buying this act....? OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: -1

4:59pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

If the Gazan militants are anti-Semitic, then anyone supporting the Gazan cause, without condemning the Gazan militants, is anti-Semitic ie racist. Given that a young muslim activist was photographed in London, at a Gaza protest, with a banner proclaiming "Hitler was right", then this adds further weight to the argument.

SG says that he goes to India for his holidays - this is a country which has a muslim minority of about 13% and long running tensions with its muslim neighbours. Does that make the majority of Indians racist?

Maybe SG is interested in the swastika which is an ancient symbol, commonly seen in India and associated with Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism? India also has bad traffic problems which doubtless cause horror for SG.
If the Gazan militants are anti-Semitic, then anyone supporting the Gazan cause, without condemning the Gazan militants, is anti-Semitic ie racist. Given that a young muslim activist was photographed in London, at a Gaza protest, with a banner proclaiming "Hitler was right", then this adds further weight to the argument. SG says that he goes to India for his holidays - this is a country which has a muslim minority of about 13% and long running tensions with its muslim neighbours. Does that make the majority of Indians racist? Maybe SG is interested in the swastika which is an ancient symbol, commonly seen in India and associated with Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism? India also has bad traffic problems which doubtless cause horror for SG. Citizen Cane
  • Score: -5

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