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EastEnders' Aaron has racist gang attack Keegan

·2-min read
EastEnders' Aaron has racist gang attack Keegan

EastEnders spoilers follow.

Aaron Monroe has masterminded a racist attack on love rival Keegan Baker in EastEnders.

On the heels of soap bosses confirming more details about the far-right storyline leading up to a bombing this Christmas, Keegan was left helpless in the street at the end of Thursday's episode.

Tiffany continued to fall for Aaron's manipulations throughout the episode, in spite of warnings from Keegan that he was leading her down a dangerous road with his worrying views.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Tiff agreed to share Aaron's petition railing against the school cancelling its annual nativity pageant, even after teacher Isaac and Lola tried to explain she didn't understand the true reason behind the school's decision.

In reality, the school chose to shut down the pageant only because students were behind on their work due to the pandemic.

Thursday night's episode also introduced Aaron's mentor in the far-right group Neil, and as a confrontation took place in the Vic with Isaac and Keegan, Mick intervened to throw Aaron's goons out.

"You're in the wrong boozer," Mick warned Neil. "Either you walk out of here now or your two-bob pals will carry you out."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Tiffany was also given something to think about when her friends in the pub warned her about the disharmony she'd helped to stoke by sharing Aaron's petition.

"You're better than this, and you're better than him," Keegan insisted.

In harrowing scenes to close the episode, Keegan was surrounded as he walked home by Neil and his white supremacist gang hurling racist insults.

With one racist armed with a board and another with a crowbar, Keegan tried to fight his way out of the harrowing situation but the numbers got the best of him.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

In the distance, Aaron was shown watching the beating. After the racists had knocked Keegan out in the street, their leader nodded to Aaron and then left Keegan helpless.

EastEnders airs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on BBC One.

Read more EastEnders spoilers on our dedicated homepage

EastEnders has worked with Exit UK, a non-profit network of former far-right members offering help to those who want to leave far-right groups, on Aaron's storyline. If you're concerned about someone who's expressing extremist or hateful views then ACT Early has further information.

If you've been affected by racism and racist hate crime, then organisations including the Equality and Advisory Support Service (EASS), the Monitoring Group, Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) and Stop Hate UK are among those which can offer help and support.

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