ABOUT 50 Swansea people turned up at St Andrews Church in St Helen’s Road to leaflet with Unite Against Fascism on the Sunday before Christmas.
They were responding to the Nazi British National Party (BNP) leafleting the area in an attempt to divide the community over plans to renovate St Andrews church and use it as a mosque and community centre.
Unite Against Fascism called an emergency meeting to plan our response and managed to secure plenty of coverage in the local paper and on the BBC.
Two Unite representatives handed in one of the BNP leaflets to the Swansea police and asked for it to be investigated for possible incitement to racial hatred.
Other local people and organisations have done the same. The police have handed the leaflet to the Crown Prosecution Service.
It did not take Unite long to put out a counter leaflet across the whole area, thanks to the fantastic support from local people.
Swansea Unite will continue our campaign in the run up to the expected general election to make sure the BNP are fully exposed for their fascist views and that they are unsuccessful in their attempt to make political gains in Swansea.
Jane Richmond Swansea Unite Against Fascism
Chair of Swansea Unite Martin Chapman adds:“The turnout at the leafleting was very impressive. It was multi-faith, multicultural and above all it was local.
“Unlike the BNP we didn’t bus people in from all across South Wales and beyond. We have clearly demonstrated that the people of Swansea do not want the BNP or the trouble they are trying to create.
“We are proud of our multicultural city and we will not tolerate attempts to divide us.”
The Unite Against Fascism national conference is set to take place on Saturday 26 February in central London. For more information phone 020 7833 4916 or 020 7837 4522