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Nazis driven out of Codnor

by Esme Choonara
Issue No. 2166

Anti-fascists celebrated a victory this week when the British National Party (BNP) admitted that it would not be returning to the Derbyshire village of Codnor to hold its Red, White and Blue summer “festival”.

Direct action and mass protests by 2,000 anti-fascists caused serious disruption to the Nazi event earlier this month. Protesters ensured that traffic in the surrounding area was gridlocked for hours, meaning many Nazis were stuck in their vehicles or forced to turn back.

The BNP continues to try to claim that its event is a “family festival”. More evidence has emerged this week to show the event is in fact a Nazi rally.

Reporters at the News of the World newspaper got footage of a group of BNP supporters at the event burning a golliwog while making racist comments.

They also reported on BNP council candidates who were listening to music with racist and pro-Hitler lyrics.

Several of those attending the event were photographed giving Nazi salutes both inside and outside it.

Many local residents will be delighted to hear that the BNP’s hate-fest won’t be back.

Anti-fascists have vowed to continue to protest wherever the BNP tries to hold its rallies.

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Tue 25 Aug 2009, 19:23 BST
Issue No. 2166
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