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Kaiser Chiefs rock against the BNP at 4,000 strong gig

Issue No. 2117

The crowd at Rotherham (Pic:» Guy Smallman )

The crowd at Rotherham (Pic: » Guy Smallman)

Some 4,000 young people descended on the cavernous Magna Centre in Rotherham last Saturday to hear The Kaiser Chiefs, Reverend and the Makers, The Courteeners and other bands back Love Music Hate Racism’s message of opposition to the Nazi BNP.

Ricky Wilson, lead singer of The Kaiser Chiefs, laid into the BNP. “They are like dry rot,” he said. “Most of us find racism disgusting and the many can easily outweigh the few with the smallest effort.”

The night was LMHR’s largest indoor event to date. It was initiated by Jon McClure of Reverend and the Makers in the wake of May’s local election results, which saw the fascists snatch two seats on Rotherham council.

The “indoor carnival” also included sets from local bands and a series of workshops on fighting fascism during the afternoon.

Local anti-fascist activists now plan to ramp up their campaign against the BNP, starting with a mass leafleting next Saturday of Brinsworth, one of the wards where the Nazis gained councillors.

For full report on the Rotherham Love Music Hate Racism event see » Rotherham’s carnival was a show of defiance against the Nazis. Also » Photos of Kaiser Chiefs and other acts at Rotherham LMHR carnival and » BNP plans to hold a fascist rally in Stoke

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Mon 8 Sep 2008, 15:16 BST
Issue No. 2117
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