The fascist British National Party (BNP) has launched its campaign for next year’s European parliament elections. BNP leader Nick Griffin has announced his intention to stand in the north west of England.
Griffin’s announcement came at the Nazi BNP’s annual conference last Saturday at the New Kimberley Hotel in Blackpool – the third year in a row that the BNP has used this venue.
Over 200 anti-fascist demonstrators protested outside the conference. Demonstrators and speakers came from organisations including Blackpool & Fleetwood Unite Against Fascism (UAF), Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre TUC, Barrow & South Cumbria UAF, North West UAF and the Unison, NUT and CWU unions.
Anti-Nazis marched along the promenade, giving out hundreds of leaflets. The support we received from the public shows that the majority of people oppose the fascists and that many do not want the BNP conference to be held in Blackpool.
This demonstration should be the first step in a wider campaign to block the BNP in the north west of England and scupper Griffin’s attempt to get himself elected.
UAF and Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) are hosting a rally and discussion in Manchester Town Hall on stopping the BNP in the north west on Thursday of this week. The event starts at 7.30pm.
Around 150 came to an LMHR club night in Manchester last Saturday.
Anti-fascist protesters clashed with Nazis and the police on Monday of this week outside a General Teaching Council (GTC) hearing over schoolteacher Adam Walker.
Walker is a member of the fascist British National Party (BNP) and president of Solidarity, the BNP’s “trade union”. He appeared before the GTC accused of espousing racial and religious intolerance.
Some 30 anti-fascist campaigners and trade unionists gathered outside the GTC building in Birmingham to protest against Walker.
Police attempted to move them away from the building so that the BNP could hold a rally. The police eventually brought out a squad in full riot gear, used force to move protesters back and arrested two anti-fascists.
At lunchtime some 50 people returned to protest, including several civil service workers in the PCS union.
The police surrounded the anti-fascist protest but did not attack it. Instead they penned in the BNP and its leader Nick Griffin who had turned up to support Walker.
The case was adjourned.