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Yesterday in Liverpool city centre, at around 1pm, myself, Serp2000, Royaldeveon and mkamionka (Serghei, Bev and Mariusz) experienced a dramatic turn of events during what was a very enjoyable TE meeting.

We encountered what local press described as a "far-right group calling itself the North West Infidels" who clashed with "anti-fascist protesters" outside St George抯 Hall, opposite Liverpool, Lime street station.

The police were trying to keep the two groups apart as eggs and beer cans were hurled at the far right group who were being contained by the police. They in turn threw things back into the crowd. Local press claimed that the missiles were "bottles and cobblestones" but as I recollect this was not the case and only saw eggs and beer cans being thrown. Chanting of "Nazi scum" resounded around the square and I witnessed one "anti-fascist" angrily questioning a police officer as to why they were protecting the "nazis".

I separated from the other TE members and mingled with the crowd getting as I close as I dared to take several photos. The focus and attention of the crowd was not on me with my camera and there seemed to be a "crowd mentality" existing over and above as well as around my own focus of taking pictures and my physical presence. I felt invisible and was surprised that I felt no real fear, the closer I got to the "action" such as it was. This may have been a kind of dissociation resulting from viewing things through the viewfinder rather than any courage on my part. I was though, at one point, aware that I was being filmed by a police officer and I did think that if events erupted into more violence, that the police would be viewing me as "one of them" since it was the anti-fascist crowd that was behaving with more hostility towards the far right group than vice versa. The police were, indeed, there to protect them from the larger crowd.

Photo-journalism is not my genre, or forte, I just wanted to record this for TE posterity given that a number of us were present at this event. I will post further shots of this event in subsequent days. With this image I was struck by the fact that the one police officer in the fluorescent coat appears to looking straight at camera and the conversation taking place in front of him.

Enjoy.

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