A FAR right anti-Islam group descended on the Huddersfield trial of man accused of insulting British troops on Facebook.
Combined Ex-Forces (CXF), a Liverpool-based splinter group of the English Defence League, demonstrated outside Kirklees Magistrates Court yesterday as Azhar Ahmed, 20, stood trial.
The group claims to be a paramilitary organisation dedicated to exposing and defeating the enemies of British people.
More than 30 members gathered by the steps of the court with a large Union Flag.
Some members wore hooded tops with the group’s name on it.
A large number of police officers were on duty around the court building, with mounted police patrolling the area as Ahmed arrived for his trial.
Around a dozen officers remained at the court for the day.
One CXF member, who went into the trial, was ejected by police officers after refusing to leave.
The CXF Facebook page was being continually updated with progress at court throughout the day.
It claimed that tactical officers and an inspector from West Yorkshire Police had visited the group’s regional organiser at his home to appeal for calm.
The CXF mission statement says: “Unite the Right, GSTQ (God Save The Queen), NSFE (No Surrender For Ever), FGAU (For God and Ulster).
It goes on: “Combined Ex Forces will be on duty in every town in every part of Britain ready, willing and able to protect its countries men, women and children, every day 24/7.”
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman, said: “There was a police operation at the court to facilitate peaceful protest and minimise any disruption to the court and town centre.
“It passed without incident”.