Jon McClure from Reverend and the Makers is speaking out in the face of death threats by Nazis on the Stormfront internet bulletin board and other fascist websites.
The threats against him and Babyshambles’ Drew McConnell came in response to Jon’s decision to organise a Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) gig in Rotherham, where the fascist British National Party (BNP) gained two seats at the last council election, and a northern LMHR carnival next year.
“These fascists are saying that they’re going to fuck us up, but they’re not going to change anything. Why should we let these thugs stop us?” Jon told Socialist Worker.
“The BNP claims to be democratic – but this shows that their behaviour is fundamentally at odds with democracy. It shows them up as a bunch of thugs.
“Some people are thinking of voting for the BNP as some kind of protest vote. It’s important for them to realise they are actually voting for real Nazis.
“The BNP is not just against Asians and black people, they’re against everyone – the disabled, the poor, Jewish people.
“I was thinking about the 42 days detention law that’s just gone through- what would the BNP do with those powers if they got into government?”
The LMHR gig at the Magma centre in Rotherham is on 6 September and its line-up now includes Reverend and the Makers, Roll Deep and Cabaret Voltaire.
The Kaiser Chiefs have also been invited to join the line-up.
“You think about how music has changed in the last 50 years – we would have none of that mixture of music and culture if the likes of the BNP had their way,” said Jon.
“We thought rather than do the event in Sheffield we would do it in Rotherham and say to these people, ‘We don’t want you here, we don’t want your fascist shit’.”
Jon and other LMHR supporters will be performing at the national anti-BNP demonstration in central London this Saturday.
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