Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Yob Sent to Jail after He Made Nazi Salute at Antisemitism Demo

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Yob Sent to Jail after He Made Nazi Salute at Antisemitism Demo

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A YOB who performed a Nazi salute at a Manchester rally against antisemitism has been jailed.

Hundreds of people, including MPs and the UK's chief Rabbi, were among those taking part in the demonstration in the city centre in September.

A court heard that Joseph Brogan, 27, performed the 'outrageous and provocative' gesture in front of them as well as shouting antisemitic tropes.

He claimed he was 'just expressing his views about Zionism' but has now been jailed for six months by a judge who said racism of this kind needed to be 'nipped in the bud.' Those taking part in the rally were standing in Cathedral Gardens when Brogan approached them, William Donnelly, prosecuting said.

The Nazi an extremely gesture which place in our Judge Martin He was heard to shout 'child killers' and 'you people don't live in Israel,' - and then made the Nazi salute, with his extended arm, Mr Donnelly said.

He was seen by two security staff who quickly alerted police.

In his police interview he said he was just 'expressing his view on Zionism' and that he had freedom of speech, Mr Donnelly added.

He said he didn't remember making the gesture and that if he did he must have done 'in the heat of the moment.' Shirlie Duckworth, defending, said: "He didn't attend that rally with the sole aim of causing that offence.

"He was in the city centre and having seen the rally decided to express his opinions on Zionism.

"He now accepts, by way of his plea, his freedom of speech is not an absolute right and that his behaviour caused people harassment, alarm or distress.

"These people were not attending a Zionist rally but an antisemitism rally.

"His actions were not pre-planned, they were impulsive, and although significant were limited in effect as he was quickly dealt with by the police. …

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