Anti Nazi League
OVER 50 people attended an Anti Nazi League meeting in Aberdeen on Thursday 30 August. The series of ANL rallies across Scotland follow the murder of Kurdish refugee Firsat Yildiz Dag in Glasgow, as well as recent racist attacks in Aberdeen.
A diverse audience heard Mohammed Surumi from the local Islamic community. He condemned the role of the media and in particular the BBC for the way it has presented Nazi activity in northern England and for allowing BNP Fhrer Nick Griffin a platform on Newsnight.
Local UNISON branch secretary Gill Thackray spoke about the duty of trade unionists to challenge racism, and the need to unite against the threat posed by the fascists. SNP and Labour Party councillors spoke from the platform in condemnation of the British National Party.
John Sangster of the Scottish Socialist Party proposed a broad-based campaign against racism and poverty, and supported the role of the ANL in the fight against fascism.
- JOHN CONNON and NEIL BUCHANAN
- AT Manchester's gay festival an ANL stall signed up 70 people from all over the country.
Loads of people from Oldham and the surrounding area signed up to join the ANL and get involved in opposing the Nazis.
- HUGO COLLINGDRIGE