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Anti-racists disrupt Ukip events and take on its racist lies

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2439

Anti-racists forced Ukip leader Nigel Farage to cancel opening a party campaign office in Herne Bay, Kent, last Saturday. 

He cancelled due to “security concerns”, but campaigners held a protest regardless.

The victory followed a Stand Up to Ukip (Sutu) protest in Bradford, West Yorkshire, on Thursday of last week. 

Around 60 protested outside the Midland Hotel where Ukip was launching its local election campaign.

Campaigner Umit Yildiz told Socialist Worker, “The demonstration was diverse and predominantly young.

“It included a National Union of Students representative, UCU and NUT union members and students.

“Despite a heavy police presence, some protesters got into the event and disrupted it. Ukip only managed to attract 30 people to the launch.”

Sutu is organising local activities and has also called a protest at Ukip’s spring conference in Margate on 28 February. 

Campaigners in Harlow, Essex, have planned a day of action this Saturday. 

Turnout

Adam Cochrane told Socialist Worker, “We’ll partly focus on voter registration because we know a low turnout is one of the things that could let Ukip in.

“We’re also taking a delegation to the protest at Ukip’s spring conference.”

Activists in Leeds will launch a Stand Up to Ukip group on Tuesday 17 February.

 Meanwhile, Cambridgeshire activists have announced several days of action. 

And campaigners took to the streets of Thanet on Friday and Saturday of last week to expose Ukip’s lies.

Ukip also faced more “embarrassment” last week. 

This time the party’s Newport East candidate Donald Grewar praised a message on the  Nazi British National Party (BNP) website. It referred to a statement that described LGBT people as “fascist perverts” and “paedophiles”.

He also backed an Islamophobic statement from the racist English Defence League writing, “Well done EDL.”

Ukip said it is investigating.


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Tue 3 Feb 2015, 18:33 GMT
Issue No. 2439
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