Socialist Worker

BNP must not gain in Barking

by Mark L Thomas
Issue No. 2193

Over 80 anti-fascists joined a Unite Against Fascism day of action in Barking, east London, last Saturday.

Nick Griffin, the Nazi leader of the British National Party (BNP), is standing in the general election in the constituency.

The BNP got 17 percent of the vote in the seat in the last election.

Dominic Byrne, secretary of Barking NUT teachers’ union, joined the day of action.

He told Socialist Worker, “The BNP has exploited housing as an issue to build support. It preys on the lack of council housing locally and scapegoats immigrants.

“But the problem is the selling-off of council housing. We need to challenge the BNP’s myths.”

Kariima Ali is a young Muslim woman who lives in Barking. “If the BNP takes over, my life is in jeopardy,” she said. The BNP claims it has the solution to people’s problems but they are not the real answers.

“We need to get out leaflets and explain what the BNP really is.”

Next dates to stop Griffin

Unite Against Fascism has called several days of activity against Nick Griffin in Barking.

Trade unions are also backing the action. The next dates in the campaign are:

  • Sunday 28 March, 11am-5pm, Barking station – sponsored by the NUT union
  • Sunday 11 April – sponsored by the PCS union
  • Sunday 25 April – sponsored by the NUT union

For details of days of action across Britain, contact Unite Against Fascism on 020 7801 2782 or go to »

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