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Anti Nazi League

Issue No. 1852

DEMONSTRATORS protested against Nazi BNP councillors in Burnley on Thursday of last week. Around 80 Anti Nazi League members picketed Burnley council's first meeting since eight BNP members were elected. The Nazis turned up in two chauffeur-driven limousines to celebrate their election win.

Protestors ran at the councillors and chucked eggs and flour at them. Local activist Jess Edwards said, 'It was brilliant. There was a real mix of people protesting-young and old, black and white and trade unionists. 'People felt like they had ruined the BNP's first council meeting. 'If we hadn't done it they would have been strutting around on the steps lording it over everyone.'

The BNP Nazis held placards saying 'Defend free speech' and 'Defend our democracy'. But the BNP's supporters openly stood with members from the far right terrorist group Combat 18.

An ANL spokesperson said, 'It is outrageous that the BNP councillors are being treated by fellow councillors as legitimate politicians. The protest sent out a message to the BNP saying you are not respected politicians. Press coverage was really positive about the event. The next day it was our protest that was in the papers, and on the TV and radio, rather than the BNP.'

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Sat 24 May 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1852
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