A group of four ex-Welsh Guards, no doubt with good intentions, decided to keep a watchful eye and nothing happened.
However, suspicion between the veterans and BLM protesters had set in and this was only agitated by a Facebook post made in the days leading up to the second protest.
It read: “Let’s protect our cenotaph and not let anyone vandalise our war heroes! Apparently 400-500 are going for a BLM protest let’s hope for a better turnout to shield our heroes memories.”
This post was divisive in setting up veterans against BLM protesters. Us versus them. It was repugnant and unhelpful.
Now the veterans who did attend, I’m sure, were not there to stir up trouble or antagonise – they were probably there out of worry.
This legitimate emotion is often exploited by those on the far-right to sow division and discord and must not be allowed to prosper.
Judging by comments made on social media since the second protest, the veterans and BLM protesters now seem to be communicating with each other.
This is how division and hate are conquered. We would be wise to remember this in an age where wilful misinformation and mistaken intent are all too often rife.
Richard Gurner is Publisher and Editor of Caerphilly Observer
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