Socialist Worker

Anti-Nazi successes in West Midlands

by Pete Jackson
Issue No. 2078

It was a good day for anti-fascists in the West Midlands on Wednesday of last week.

Around 150 people gathered at Coventry Cathedral to protest against Holocaust denier David Irving holding a meeting there.

Irving had chosen 14 November as it was the anniversary of the start of the bombing of Coventry in the Second World War.

This provocative date had caused outrage in Coventry.

Some 20 protestors came from a local school, having heard about the protest that day. Students from Coventry and Warwick universities were joined by trade unionists from around the city.

Irving was forced to hold his event in secrecy. At least two redirection points were used as he was too scared to let anyone know where his meeting was. Our actions forced Irving to hold a small, scared, secret event.

We committed ourselves to continue to campaign against Irving and the BNP. The school students discussed holding a Love Music Hate Racism event at school.

Late in the afternoon on Wednesday we heard the BNP had planned a “summit” meeting in Birmingham that night. At short notice 20 protestors gathered at the venue.

The BNP had booked it under the name “historical association”. Three fascists arrived and were turfed out of the venue by club committee members who said they did not want the BNP meeting at their club.

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