A HEAVY police presence in Bermondsey last Saturday ensured that 37 members of the Nazi National Front (NF) were once again allowed a brief march in the south London area. Nearly 200 anti-Nazis gathered to stop the march, including the Labour Party prospective parliamentary candidate for the area, Kingsley Abrams.
But more than 700 police officers surrounded the anti-Nazis and escorted the Nazi march through Bermondsey. "I'm incredibly shocked that the National Front are allowed to march and the police are protecting them," said Suniti, a local school student who joined the anti-Nazi protest. "It's really offensive to people who live round here. We have to show the National Front that round here this stuff is not going to work and that they are a minority."
Labour's home secretary Jack Straw has bowed to police requests to ban a planned NF march in Leicester this Saturday. The local police referred to the "rights of the local community" being affected if the march went ahead. The Nazis have threatened to go ahead with a march in Leicestershire and may try to hold another march in Bermondsey in the future.