OVER 30 representatives of trade unions, political parties and campaign groups met on Thursday of last week in Swansea to plan the local launch of Unite Against Fascism.
Andy Richards, TGWU regional officer, said, "We are placing our resources and facilities at the disposal of Unite Against Fascism in the fight to ensure that fascists never achieve a foothold in Wales."
AROUND 150 people gathered outside Wickford railway station in Essex last Saturday to protest against the BNP. Unite Against Fascism groups in Basildon and Southend organised the demonstration in response to BNP plans to meet at the station before their "fun day" at a fish farm.
The size and the determination of the protest prevented any BNP activity or presence in the town. The mix of people on the protest was fantastic, with a large proportion of young people. A local Labour MEP, some Labour and Lib Dem councillors, and two Respect candidates for the Eastern Region were also present.
Speakers at a rally included Adrian Clark of the local FBU firefighters' union. We held a march through the town and finished up leafleting local areas.
SOME 20 Unite Against Fascism supporters leafleted Market Square in Lancaster last Saturday in response to the BNP leafleting the previous week. Our future plans included attending Saturday's May Day march and leafleting an estate.