Socialist Worker

Keep building the carnival

Issue No. 1812

BURNLEY'S Labour council has moved to stop the Anti Nazi League holding its 'Love Music-Hate Racism' carnival in the town. The ANL is vigorously fighting this disgraceful decision. But there is absolutely no doubt that the carnival will be going ahead, and in the north west of England.

An alternative venue has already been planned in Manchester's Platt Fields Park. The free event will feature a series of major performers. The line-up is definitely confirmed. Headlining is Ms Dynamite, who performed at the closing ceremony of the recent Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Other top name acts include Doves and The Shining.

The event is designed to oppose the Nazis and fight racism. There is no better place for it than in Burnley where three BNP Nazis managed to con people into electing them as councillors in May. A carnival would bring people together and boost the confidence of the big majority who hate everything the BNP stands for. It is deeply shocking that the leaders of Burnley's Labour council want to stop the event.

Why is Stuart Caddy, the Labour leader of Burnley council, taking the political decision to stop the event? The best response to the manoeuvres by the council is for everyone to throw themselves into making sure the carnival is as big as possible. Together we can defeat the BNP's attempts to whip up racism, divide and terrorise communities, smash trade unions and undermine democracy.

Complain to Stuart Caddy, leader of Burnley council, by phoning 01282 425 011, or write to him c/o Town Hall, Manchester Road, Burnley BB11 1JA, or e-mail scaddy@burnley.gov.uk


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