The battle of Hastings
OVER 200 local people protested in Hastings on Saturday to keep the Nazi National Front out of the south coast town. The Nazis failed to turn up. They had announced their plans to march two months ago after the local press published false allegations that Kosovan refugees were to blame for a rape in the town.
Anti-Nazis have petitioned on the streets and in workplaces and colleges in Hastings since then. They collected over 6,000 names of people opposed to the NF march and handed them to local MP Michael Foster on Wednesday of last week (see picture).
Foster told the local newspaper, "I think this is an opportunity to show support for this local initiative, which really is grassroots opposition to the nastiness of the NF. We are concerned about Hitler lovers coming to Hastings, and this is an opportunity to say go away."
Instead of the Nazis marching, local anti-Nazis took over the town centre. There was a carnival atmosphere when news came through that the NF had not dared to show its face. Foster and several councillors joined the protest. Local people are determined to mobilise if the Nazis try to march again.