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Yellow Vest activist James Goddard goads anti-fascist protester at march in Manchester

Sneering Yellow Vest activist James Goddard goads anti-fascist protester at march in Manchester – a month after his arrest over abuse yelled at Tory MP Anna Soubry outside Parliament

  • James Goddard wore T-shirt with portraits of Trump, Kim Jong-Un and Putin on it
  • Goddard was previously in a group who called Anna Soubry a Nazi last month
  • He was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence in London after incident 

Yellow vest campaigner James Goddard joined activists in Manchester today – just a month after he was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.

Wearing a T-shirt depicting Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin, Goddard was pictured facing off with a protester.

Goddard was part of a group that surrounded Tory MP Anna Soubry and called her a ‘Nazi’ and a ‘traitor’ in January. 

His arrest last month was in connection with the harassment of the MP for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire during and after her interview with BBC journalist Simon McCoy. 

Police said Goddard was not charged after the arrest but he was released on bail until early February.  

Yellow vest campaigner James Goddard was seen facing off with a protester in Manchester today, just a month after he was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence

He was in a group of agitators that surrounded Tory MP Anna Soubry and called her a 'Nazi' and a 'traitor' in January

He was in a group of agitators that surrounded Tory MP Anna Soubry and called her a ‘Nazi’ and a ‘traitor’ in January

Since December, Goddard and his followers have accosted a number of MPs, campaigners and TV journalists at Westminster.

The yellow vest group in the UK have been inspired by weeks of nationwide anti-austerity demonstrations by the ‘gilets jaune’ movement in France.

The French protests began in mid-November over a proposed increase in fuel duties, and soon turned violent.

Britain has seen several small protests by Brexit supporters wearing yellow vests since November, but other activists have been slow to adopt the symbolic attire and movement.

The yellow vest group in the UK have been inspired by weeks of nationwide anti-austerity demonstrations by the 'gilets jaune' movement in France

The yellow vest group in the UK have been inspired by weeks of nationwide anti-austerity demonstrations by the ‘gilets jaune’ movement in France

Goddard is a vocal supporter of Tommy Robinson and asks for online donations to support his ‘yellow vest’ campaign.

When Mr Goddard was released on bail last month police gave him two hours to leave the area within the M25. 

He shared the details of his bail to backers in a Holborn pub before heading home to Leicester.

Pledging to rally people in Manchester or Leicester instead, he accused Ms Soubry of orchestrating his arrest. 

The Tory has branded him and others leading the protests as ‘racist, fascist and a threat to democracy’.    

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