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Protesters blockade Nazis in Blackpool

by Donna Guthrie
Issue No. 2078

Protesters outside the BNP conference in Blackpool last Saturday (Pic: Ray Smith)

Protesters outside the BNP conference in Blackpool last Saturday (Pic: Ray Smith)

Over 200 people attended a protest in Blackpool against a British National Party (BNP) conference held in the town last Saturday.

The anti-fascist protest included delegations from Barrow, the rest of Cumbria, Manchester, Liverpool and Preston.

Local residents, trade unionists and around 40 students from Lancaster university and Blackpool & Flyde college also joined the protest.

The BNP Nazis were kept pinned behind their twitching curtains at the New Kimberley Hotel by a show of united opposition to racism and fascism.

The anti-BNP turnout was more than sufficient to

outnumber the 60 Nazi delegates by four to one. The Blackpool demonstration follows large mobilisations of anti-fascists campaigners last week against Holocaust denier David Irving in Coventry and a BNP “summit” in Birmingham.

Many protesters in Blackpool pledged to join the demonstration in Oxford on Monday of next week against Irving and the BNP’s leader Nick Griffin, who have been invited to speak at the Oxford Union debating club.

The poor turnout at its conference shows that the BNP is still not strong enough to mobilise in an organised manner on the streets.

But the fascists can still poll high votes and grab council seats across the country.

Anti-fascists need to prepare for the London Assembly elections and local elections in England and Wales next year.

In these elections, the BNP will be targeting migrant and immigrant communities with its vicious race hatred.

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