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Anti-fascist campaigners mobilise against the BNP’s threat

Issue No. 2074

Anti-fascist activists have stepped up their campaign to block plans by the Oxford Union debating club to host a pair of Nazis next month.

Unite Against Fascism has launched a joint statement condemning the decision to extend a welcome to Nick Griffin, leader of the fascist British National Party (BNP), and convicted Holocaust denier David Irving.

The statement has the support of Oxford University’s student union, the lord mayor of Oxford John Tanner, and a wide range of Oxford trade union branches. To add your name go to » www.uaf.org.uk

Students at Oxford are meeting this week to decide the next move in their campaign to stop Griffin if the Oxford Union refuses to cancel the meeting, planned for 26 November.

The BNP and Griffin tried to hold a meeting in Kimberley, near Nottingham, on Tuesday of last week – but they were blocked by anti-fascists.

“Over 100 people stopped virtually anyone going in or out of Kimberley Parish Hall,” said local activist John Shemeld.

“Griffin and his entourage were in there already, but his audience was not – and when any of them turned up, they found a solid mass of us across all the entrances.

“We mobilised against Griffin through all available networks. The trades council is affiliated to Unite Against Fascism and we used their extensive contact list of trade unionists.”

Nottingham Unite Against Fascism activists are now building a campaign against the BNP in a council by-election on 1 November.

lAround 300 school students and teachers attended a Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) event at Leicester City football club’s Walkers Stadium on Friday of last week.

LMHR supporting artists as well as footballers from Leicester City spoke in question and answer sessions with the pupils, who ranged from 10 to 13 years old.

Hip-hop act Hypa Fen & Marcie Phonix and bhangra stars Sona Family went down a storm. The event was one of a series involving schools to launch an LMHR CD.

The CD initiative is supported by the NME music magazine and the NUT teachers’ union.

Love Music Hate Racism club night commemorating 30 years since the Battle of Lewisham, featuring Don Letts, FWD dubstep DJs, N-Type & Hijak and many more. Saturday 27 October, 8pm to 2am, Goldsmiths Student Union, Dixon Road, London SE14


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Tue 23 Oct 2007, 18:36 BST
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