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EDL Uses Manic Street Preachers' Anti Fascist Song To Promote Rally

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The Manic Street Preachers are said to be taking legal action against the English Defence League for using one of their hit songs to promote a demonstration.

The EDL have chosen an anti-fascist song, If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next, in the background for a video ahead of a protest against "radical Islam" in Birmingham.

The song, written about the Spanish Civil War, even includes the line: "If I can shoot rabbits, then I can shoot fascists".

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But that didn't deter Tommy Robinson's group, which has been mocked and criticised for its choice of backing music.

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The Manic Street Preachers are not happy

Michael Wongsam, the Chair of West Midlands Unite Against Fascism said: "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."

A spokesperson for the Manics told NME that the band were "horrified" that their track was being used and that the label had demanded the video be taken down immediately.