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No platform the BNP at Bath University

by Celia Hollingworth, Bristol university UCU
Issue No. 2050

Members of the UCU lecturers’ unions in the south west of England are building for a protest against BNP leader Nick Griffin, who intends to speak at Bath university on Monday of next week.

It was revealed last week that Danny Lake, the student who invited Griffin to Bath, is not an innocent politics undergraduate, but the leader of the BNP’s youth wing.

Sally Hunt, joint general secretary of UCU, said, “Who was really behind the invite for Nick Griffin to speak? It was Nick Griffin.

“Universities are rightly held up as examples to the rest of society because of their diversity and tolerance, and the safe space that campuses provide for people to work and study.

“The BNP has no interest in sharing those values and preaches only hate and fear.

“This visit will cause distress to staff and students alike and will see a proud university used as a platform for the BNP’s racist political agenda.”

The demonstration in Bath needs to be as big and as inclusive as possible.

It will be advertised to anti-war groups, political parties, and trade unions.

See the Unite Against Fascism website www.uaf.org.uk


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Tue 8 May 2007, 18:20 BST
Issue No. 2050
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