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Nazis show true colours at Blackpool protest

by Paul Jenkins
Issue No. 2157

Britain’s fascists let their mask of respectability slip when they were confronted by a lively 150-strong protest in Blackpool last Saturday.

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) organised the demonstration against the British National Party’s (BNP) Blackpool “Victory Rally” after it won two MEPs.

A number of thugs – who had gathered near the UAF protest in a failed attempt to intimidate people – gave Nazi salutes.

One was wearing a T-shirt with a Nazi SS image on it.

The demonstration was called by UAF at a few days notice outside the New Kimberley Hotel in Blackpool—the same venue which has held the BNP’s national conference for the past three years.

Four Nazis were subsequently arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred. Anti-fascist protester and Unison trade unionist Dion Baugh told reporters how she had been racially abused by the Nazi thugs.

Speakers at the UAF protest reminded demonstrators that anti-fascists are the majority – and stated that UAF will continue to oppose the Nazi BNP wherever they try to organise.

Jain Gawin of Blackpool and Fleetwood UAF spoke about the legacy of the movement against fascism in Britain, including the Battle of Cable Street and volunteers for the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War during the 1930s. Jain also cited the recent attacks in Belfast as an example of what racism can lead to.

Weyman Bennett, joint national secretary of UAF, called for people to attend UAF’s national conference in Manchester on 18 July, and the demonstration against the BNP’s “Red, White and Blue” event in August.

UAF will continue to build a broad movement across the north west to drive the Nazis out.

For details of UAF’s national conference and the protest against the BNP’s Red, White and Blue festival go to »

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Tue 23 Jun 2009, 18:19 BST
Issue No. 2157
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