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Anti-Nazi and anti-racist

Issue No. 1817

SUPPORTERS OF the Anti Nazi League launched a leafleting campaign in Brislington, in Bristol, after the area was targeted by the Nazi BNP. The Nazis distributed their propaganda after a local meeting with BNP leader Griffin.

ANL member Matt Smith said, 'We had a lot of complaints after the Nazis were handing out their newsletter to kids in the street as young as seven. Many people objected to having BNP material through their doors. There is not a huge BNP organisation yet in Bristol but it is clear that they are trying to grow. 'We have handed out several hundred leaflets and we had a good response. People came out of their houses to thank us.'


THE BNP has announced that it is to stand in the election for mayor due to take place in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, due to take place on Thursday 17 October. The Nazis came within 72 votes of winning the Longton North ward in last May's council elections. Anti-Nazis are organising leafleting and stalls in a 'Don't Vote Nazi' campaign.


Barking

A WAVE of outrage has swept Barking, east London, following a vicious racist attack. Rasiah Shanmugasuntaram, originally from Sri Lanka, was walking home from his job when he was set upon by a ten-strong gang of white youths. They beat him mercilessly with an iron bar until he lay unconscious.

Rasiah was left seriously injured, needing eight stitches in his head. Disgracefully, as a result of his injuries he has now been sacked from his job. Anti-racists on Rasiah's estate moved quickly to organise a response. Last Saturday hundreds of shoppers, black and white, signed a petition condemning the attack.

Campaigners were told of many other racist incidents that have occurred recently, including the stabbing of a black market trader. There are now plans for a public meeting.
YURI PRASAD


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Sat 14 Sep 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1817
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