ANTI-NAZI campaigners in the north west of England stepped up their fight against the Nazi BNP and National Front (NF) last week. The BNP won three council seats in Burnley in May this year. Local activists are determined to strike back.
Some 300 people rallied against the BNP in the town last Thursday. Billy Hayes, the postal workers' CWU union leader, was cheered when he said that union members would not deliver Nazi mail. Shahid Malik, a member of the Labour Party national executive and a Burnley resident, urged people to 'get out onto the streets and start knocking on doors'.
People in the audience were critical of the council for banning a planned Anti Nazi League carnival in the town. Some 40 BNP members picketed the meeting. The NF had planned to march in Oldham last Saturday to demand the north west town's mosques are closed down. Disgracefully the police allowed the NF to march.
Around 70 anti-Nazi protesters blocked the 30 NF members from marching to the Shaw railway station. 'We also had a lively presence in Oldham town centre,' Pete from Oldham Anti Nazi League told Socialist Worker.
'Activists, local trade unionists, councillors and the mayor joined the petitioning and leafleting. We're starting the build up to the council elections next year to stop the BNP.'
Around 450 people went to a Rock Against Racism gig in Barrow-in-Furness last Saturday. Some 90 people joined the Anti Nazi League.
- Phone the Anti Nazi League on 020 7924 0333
- Love Music Hate Racism gig, 7.30pm, Friday 8 November, Afro-Caribbean Centre, Horsedge Street, Oldham.
- Unity conference against racism and the Nazis, 10am-6pm, Saturday 30 November, Burnley Mechanics, Manchester Road, Burnley. Called by Burnley Trades Council. Speakers include Mick Rix (general secretary Aslef) and Bob Crow (general secretary RMT).
DAVID WILSON, a member of the Nazi BNP, was convicted of inciting racial hatred at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Thursday of last week. Wilson will appear for sentencing on Thursday 14 November. The Anti Nazi League is calling a picket at 9am outside Glasgow Sheriff Court.