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Anti-Nazi students blockade BBC studio

by Esme Choonara
Issue No. 2174

The protest outside Television Centre (Pic: UAF)

The protest outside Television Centre (Pic: UAF)


Numbers are growing outside the BBC studios in west London, where anti-fascists are protesting against the invitation for Nazi British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin to appear on the Question Time programme.

A coachload of Sussex University students were the latest group to arrive at the protest. As they poured off their coach they led the protest to blockade the doors of the BBC. The students led singing and chanting and shouted, “shame on you” to the BBC.

Iris, one of the Sussex students, told Socialist Worker, “The BNP shouldn’t be allowed to speak because as soon as they do they infringe other people’s rights. I hope we’ll be able to blockade all the streets around the BBC and pull the plugs on their broadcast.”

Sorrel, another student, told Socialist Worker, “We all came today because we know the BNP are Nazis. I hope more people see our protest and join the cause.”

More groups of students are due to arrive during the afternoon. Trade unionists, students and anti-fascist activists will converge for a mass protest at 5pm.


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