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Sandwell protest at BNP councillor

Issue No. 1853

AROUND 80 people protested against the first council meeting of Nazi BNP councillor John Savage in Sandwell, West Midlands, on Wednesday of last week. The protesters were mainly members of Sandwell Unison union. Tony Barnsley, the assistant branch secretary of Sandwell Unison, said, 'We think the BNP have conned their way into power by blaming asylum seekers. Our members, particularly our black and Asian members, feel threatened by the BNP. I will refuse to work for them and we are encouraging our members to do the same.' Another BNP councillor failed to show up for the meeting.

A LIVELY Anti Nazi League (ANL) meeting took place in Cambridge on Monday of last week. Seymour Glass, from the band Miss Black America, Paul Clark, branch secretary of the Cambridge FBU union, and Anindya Bhattacharyya, from the ANL, spoke to about 30 people at Queen's College.

Anindya reminded the meeting that 230 Nazi candidates stood in the recent local elections, and that 'Burnley shows what happens when you treat the BNP like an ordinary party. We need to rip off their mask of respectability.'

Seymour, who has organised several gigs under the Love Music Hate Racism banner, described the BNP as a 'very sophisticated' party which had 'mastered the language of the Sun and the tabloids'. A committee was formed for an ANL branch in Cambridge. The BNP has recently delivered leaflets in Chesterton, Cambridge and Ely.
Debbie Davies

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Sat 31 May 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1853
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