The fascists of the British National Party (BNP) are taking advantage of racism and Islamophobia to build support for their policies of race hatred, anti-fascist campaigners have warned.
Unite Against Fascism is responding to the Nazi threat by calling a series of counter demonstrations and leafleting campaigns against the BNP.
This Saturday, campaigners in the north west of England will gather in Blackpool town centre to demonstrate against a BNP “annual conference” that the fascists plan to hold there.
Campaigners against the Nazis scored a victory last Thursday in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, keeping the BNP in third place in Worsbrough ward.
“Given the enormous boost the BNP received from Nick Griffin’s acquittal and the media hysteria over Islam, it is a relief they did not win more votes,” said a local Unite activist.
“The excellent leaflet we gave out must have made some impact. But the BNP is beginning to establish a following. We must do something to stop them before they win a seat in Barnsley.”
Last weekend saw teams of Unite activists out leafleting against Nazis standing in council by-elections in Walsall and Southend.
“Around 30 people from diverse backgrounds, including Unite activists and trade unionists, covered the vast majority of the ward,” said Martin Lynch, one of the Walsall Unite activists.
“The BNP came second in this ward at the last local elections. We’ve received a positive response from people in the local area and we hope to dent their vote.”
Trade unionists, pensioners, and Unite supporters also turned out in force last Sunday to leaflet Shoebury West ward in Southend, Essex. The BNP is standing in a by-election there on 7 December.
Meanwhile anti-fascist activists in Morley, West Yorkshire, have set up a broad campaign to “make Morley a fascist-free zone”.
The move follows a vicious and organised physical attack on anti-fascist campaigners in the town by BNP supporters at the end of last month.
The Morley anti-BNP group, which includes trade unionists and members of local churches, will go out again leafleting against the town’s lone Nazi councillor on 9 December.
Unite activists in Dagenham, east London, have vowed to mobilise against a planned BNP rally there on 9 December. The BNP is promoting its rally with leaflets that blame housing shortages on immigrants.
JOIN THE PROTEST
against the fascist BNP conference in Blackpool
Saturday 25 November
Assemble at 12 noon at the square at the top of Victoria Street, near side of Winter Gardens
For more information phone 020 7833 4916