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BNP hate fuels racist attacks

Issue No. 2163

A series of racist attacks in areas where the fascist British National Party (BNP) has a presence has underlined how the BNP gives confidence to racist thugs—and leads to violent assaults.

An Asian teenager was beaten unconscious in a vicious racist attack in south east London last month as he waited for a lift home from work.

Racists in Peterborough broke an Asian man’s nose in an attack at the railway station in June. The thugs racially taunted the man before attacking him.

Other recent attacks include a Jewish man who was assaulted and punched outside a synagogue in Gateshead, an Asian woman who was nearly blinded in an attack in a Rochdale park, an Indian doctor in Blackburn who left the town after being racially attacked and several assaults on African or Asian men in Liverpool.

Another sign of the sinister impact of the BNP is a recent case of a teenage schoolgirl in Lincoln who was driven to the brink of suicide by racist bullying from a BNP supporter at her school.

Her tormentor racially abused the 14 year old with taunts and chants such as, “White, white, white is right, kick them out, fight, fight, fight”.

Earlier this week a local newspaper in London reported how the BNP has distributed anti-Muslim leaflets to houses in Loughton, Epping Forest.

The BNP leaflets complain about the use of a local community centre for prayers and say, “We’ll do all in our power to prevent Islam creeping into our town.”

The man who started the prayer sessions told the paper that he has already been subject to threats and an arson attack.

“My family don’t deserve to be going through this stress,” he said, “We just want somewhere to pray.”

Workers who are occupying the Vestas factory in Newport, Isle of Wight, have rejected support from the fascist BNP’s “trade union” front organisation.

The BNP’s “Solidarity” group wrote to offer support for the Vestas workers and their fight for “British jobs”.

But the occupiers made it clear they wanted nothing to do with the Nazi organisation.

“We do not want their support... they go against a lot of the things that people believe in here,” said one.

“We have Polish workers with us. They’re our friends,” a Vestas worker said.

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