Socialist Worker

Hundreds hit the streets to stop the BNP

by Viv Smith
Issue No. 2199

Anti-fascist campaigners turn out to stop the Nazis in Stoke
 (Pic: Stoke UAF)

Anti-fascist campaigners turn out to stop the Nazis in Stoke (Pic: Stoke UAF)

Hundreds of anti-fascists took part in a national day of action against the BNP last weekend.

From Kent to Glasgow, Southend to Liverpool, UAF activists hit the streets to give out leaflets and talk to people about why the Nazi BNP doesn’t deserve their vote.

In Stoke, UAF and North Staffordshire Campaign Against Racism organised a day of activity against the Nazis last Sunday. The NUT teachers’ union sponsored the day.

“We had a brilliant turn out of anti-fascists last weekend,” Paul Jenkins, a local activist told Socialist Worker.

“People travelled from Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster, Barrow, Sheffield, Birmingham, Walsall, Stafford, across the Midlands and elsewhere to join us.

“We also had loads of teachers and distributed over 13,000 leaflets.”

The day of action in Stoke followed a protest against Nazi leader Nick Griffin’s launch of the BNP manifesto on Friday last week.

Around 30 local people joined the demonstration—including trade unionists, students and pensioners.

Anti-BNP war veterans also took part. Griffin’s bodyguards eventually bundled him into a car to escape the protesters.

Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the NUT, travelled to Stoke to help with the campaigning. 

He said it is vital to keep building the campaign to stop the BNP and for people to attend the Barnsley Love Music Hate Racism Festival on 1 May, which the NUT is also backing.

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