Manic Street Preachers are set to take action against the English Defence League after one of their songs was used in an advert without permission.
The rise of the English Defence League has been one of the most dis-tasteful, disgusting episodes in recent political history. Reviled by many due to their Far Right beliefs, the group have nonetheless managed to expand despite ferocious counter-demonstrations.
The organisation recently pieced together an advert, in which they attempt to promote an upcoming demonstration in Birmingham. Astonishingly, the English Defence League decided to use 'If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next' by Manic Street Preachers as a soundtrack to the clip.
The irony is, frankly, mind boggling. Written in memory of the International Brigades who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War, the single contains the line "If I can shoot rabbits then I can shoot fascists".
Michael Wongsam, the Chair of West Midlands Unite Against Fascism said in a statement: "We are appalled to discover that the racist and fascist English Defence League has used the anti-fascist song 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next' by the band the Manic Street Preachers… This song takes its title from an anti-fascist slogan used during the Spanish Civil War where anti-racists and anti-fascists from all over Europe tried to stop Franco’s fascists from taking over the country."
The NME were able to get in touch with a spokesperson for Manic Street Preachers, who revealed that the Welsh band were "horrified" at the news.
Legal action has just begun...
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