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Red, White and Blue: racist games, T-shirts and a fascist bomber

Issue No. 2165

Guards outside the Red, White and Blue

Guards outside the Red, White and Blue 'festival' (Pic: » Guy Smallman)


The pressure of the protests on Saturday forced the Nazis to show their true colours.

As the roadblocks went up around the site, the Nazis trying to get to the festival became increasingly frustrated.

They started racially abusing and taunting protesters.

But with the anti-fascists sealed away behind lines of police frustrated Nazis turned on each other, starting fights in the road.

Later, as protesters marched on the festival, BNP members made Nazi salutes at them.

Some Nazis’ violence started early. At 6.30am a lone fascist threw a large rock through the window of a coach in south London that was on its way to the demo.

One person was hospitalised in the incident.

Sarah from Unite Against Fascism (UAF) in south London said, “The rock was slightly larger than a cricket ball and was thrown with enough force to break two panes of glass.

“It was intended to cause harm. The BNP is organised and violent.”

The BNP also showed its real face by inviting its openly Nazi allies from across the world to the event.

But it appears that many of the BNP’s international friends, such as the Jobbik party from Hungary, stayed away because of the disruption.

Convicted Italian terrorist Roberto Fiore was one of the few BNP guests who managed to get in.

Fiore, who has called himself a “neo-fascist”, is the head of thuggish organisation Forza Nuova and a close friend of BNP leader Nick Griffin.

Fiore was sentenced to ten years jail in Italy for being a member of Armed Revolutionary Nuclei, the fascist terror group responsible for the 1980 Bologna bombing that killed 85 people.

Threat

He was able to escape the sentence by fleeing the country. Fiore spoke at Red, White and Blue about the “threat” posed by “Islamic extremism”.

Marc Abramson, leader of Sweden’s National Democrats, also came to speak at the festival on the subject of putting a “total stop” to immigration.

His party campaigns for “racially pure kindergartens” and has organised gangs to attack gay pride marches.

US white supremacist Preston Wiginton planned to go to the festival. But he was banned from entering the country on the basis that he might incite racial hatred here.

Caught off guard, BNP deputy leader Simon Darby told the press, “I know Preston, he’s an American chap. He came to last year’s Red, White and Blue and was coming to this year’s but they wouldn’t let him in for some reason.”

Despite such embarrassments, the BNP stepped up its attempts to pose as “ordinary people having a bit of a laugh in the sun”.

It let some of the media get past the black-shirted, army-booted security guards at the front gate.

But this move backfired spectacularly.

Journalists were able to give a revealing glimpse into the reality of life in the Nazis’ insular world.

The centrepiece of the festival was a “cemetery” with a collection of crosses to represent victims of “anti-white violence”.

BNP members milled around, wearing T-shirts with the face of notorious “rivers of blood” racist Enoch Powell and buying golliwog mugs from a souvenir shop.

Children at the “festival” took part in racist games.

On one of the stalls someone wearing a Barack Obama mask was put in the stocks and pelted with wet sponges.

Toys in the children’s tent were emblazoned with the union jack and children were wearing BNP T-shirts with the slogan, “It’s a white thing”.

Tent

One newspaper interviewed Anthony, 14, and Peter, 12, who were running a recruitment tent for the Young BNP.

They were giving out postcards with pictures of young white women and the message “nationalism is for girls too”.

Other tents were run by local BNP branches.

A “Then and Now” exhibition on the Manchester stall contrasted images of white children in Moss Side schools in the 1960s with the mixed schools of today.

Weyman Bennett of Unite Against Fascism said, “The BNP’s ‘Red, White and Blue’ is nothing more than a festival of race hatred.

“We need to build the broadest possible movement against the BNP with roots in communities across the country.”

As the protests surged, the BNP festival-goers could hear the shouts and chants of anti-fascist protesters on the other side of the gates.

And in the evening people standing outside the gates heard the Nazis’ reply in the distance – “Sieg Heil”.


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