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Stopping the BNP

Unite Against Fascism activists across the country have been campaigning against the BNP.

Issue No. 2199


Merseyside

Three local Labour councillors and four teachers were among 20 people on a UAF stall last Saturday. Activists sold tickets for the Barnsley Love Music Hate Racism carnival on 1 May and are going to be leafleting metro stations, holding stalls and canvassing next week.


Wigan

Around 20 students mobbed a BNP stall, ripping up their papers last weekend. “The BNP were taught a lesson on Saturday,” said a local activist.

“The students broke off to stand with UAF supporters and chant ‘We hate Nazis’.

“We received tremendous support—one man had a go at the BNP then went and got his wife so she could shout at them. A mixed race couple were also outraged that the BNP had a stall in Wigan.

“We got names and contact details of people who want to get involved, including a student who wants to set up a UAF group at a local college.

“In another part of Wigan, UAF members, including a Labour Party candidate, distributed anti BNP leaflets.”


Wales

UAF activists gave out 2,000 leaflets at the football match between Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday, opposing the upcoming Welsh Defence League march.

Jeff Hurford told Socialist Worker, “We had a lot of positive comments. One person said ‘about time too’ and quite a few people came back for leaflets.”


London

Up to 350 people packed into a gig organised by call centre workers in London and Love Music Hate Racism on Friday of last week, raising £300.

A CWU union member spoke and Alys from UAF asked everyone to join the campaign to stop the BNP in Barking. MP Diane Abbott sent a message of support.


Brighton

UAF activists joined with local college and university students and trade unionists in Brighton on Saturday to oppose a march by March for England and the English Defence League (EDL). Syed Bokhari told Socialist Worker, “March for England has marched for last few years through Brighton but this year the EDL jumped on board.

“The Sussex UAF facebook wall was covered in racist messages from various EDL divisions and I received racist emails from EDL members.”

“They weren’t ordinary families ‘marching for England’,” said Syed, “they only mustered around 150 people.

“Around 200 of us protested against their racist demonstration. We held a lively rally with people speaking from the community and kids rapping from the local sixth form college.

“Some of the more hardcore EDL elements left the pub they were in and went to the venue where we planned to hold our LMHR event that evening. They marched past doing Nazi salutes—they wanted to shut down the gig but failed.

“The gig was fantastic—we had over 100 people who heard anti racist and anti fascist messages all night.”


Stafford

In Stafford activists organised a stall on Saturday against the BNP who are standing locally in the general election. “Previously there had been an air of complacency in Stafford because the BNP normally target Stoke,” one activist told Socialist Worker. “But people are angry that the BNP are standing here and we got a fantastic response.”


Fleetwood and Burnley

UAF activists in both Fleetwood and Burnley prevented the fascist BNP from attending election hustings last week.

Religious groups had invited the BNP to attend the debates, but because of UAF protests in both areas, the fascists pulled out.

The BNP candidate in Fleetwood admitted he was not turning up because of the UAF protest.


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Tue 27 Apr 2010, 18:51 BST
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