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Float rallies the anti-fascist fight in Bristol

by Jaz Thomas, Bristol UAF chair
Issue No. 2151

On the float in Bristol (Pic: Christy Nunns)

On the float in Bristol (Pic: Christy Nunns)

Around 150 people took part in a broad-based day of action against the BNP in Bristol last weekend. Councillor Bill Payne launched the events as a cavalcade of cars, lorries and bicycles moved off to tour east and central Bristol.

We drove through areas that have seen race attacks and extensive BNP leafleting. Our aim was to show that people will join together to smash the BNP.

We then transformed our Love Music Hate Racism float into a stage. Ska/reggae band First Degree Burns jumped aboard and played a set that had people flocking to join the march.

The float then led a noisy demo against the fascists through the centre of Bristol.

Union banners on the march included the local Fire Brigades Union, Unite health branch and the National Union of Teachers.

Branches of the CWU, NUJ, PCS and Unison unions sent messages of support.

Looking out at the crowd of people from all backgrounds, ages, races and cultures I said that this is what our city looks like and we’re going to make sure that’s how it stays.

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Tue 12 May 2009, 17:19 BST
Issue No. 2151
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