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Stop the Nazi hate-fest as Nick Griffin shows his true colours

Issue No. 2160

Nick Griffin, the Nazi leader of the British National Party (BNP), has continued to defend comments he made last week calling for boats with migrants on them to be sunk.

Griffin called on the European Union to “get very tough with those coming over”. He then spelled out what these “tough” measures meant: “Frankly, they need to sink several of those boats.”

When a journalist protested that this would mean murder, Griffin replied, “I say boats should be sunk... they can go back to Libya”.

Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism (UAF), said, “Griffin’s comments show all too starkly that the BNP’s claims to have ‘moderated’ its politics are lies.

“Griffin remains a committed Nazi. His brazen contempt for the lives of Africans stems directly from his white supremacist Nazi beliefs.

“Griffin is being deliberately provocative in order to harden up those drawn to the party over the course of the European election campaign.

“This is the same tactic that Jean-Marie Le Pen used when he called the Holocaust ‘a detail of history’.”

Weyman called on those angered at the BNP to join the protest at its Red, White and Blue “festival” in Codnor, Derbyshire on 15 August.

He said, “This proves again that the BNP is not a democratic organisation and should not be treated as such. This is why UAF is calling on people to join a demonstration against the Nazi festival.”

For more on the protest go to »

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Tue 14 Jul 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2160
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