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BNP exposes real Nazi face

Issue No. 1810

JOHN TYNDALL, the Nazi British National Party ex-FŸhrer, wants to come to Burnley to spread his lies. He has been invited by the local BNP, which conned its way into securing three seats on the local council in the May elections. The BNP Nazis in Burnley pretend that they aren't racist.

Now they have let the mask slip by asking Tyndall to speak at a meeting on 1 August. Burnley's Nazi councillors, Carol Hughes, David Edwards and Terence Grogan, may sit on council committees, but they are just like the rest of the BNP. Tyndall exposes what the BNP really stands for.

'Elections amount to the will of the rabble,' he says. 'There are a great deal of people who have democratic rights who should not have them.' Tyndall has a string of convictions. His crimes include organising a paramilitary group, possession of a loaded weapon and incitement to racial hatred.

Tyndall says, 'Many who feel that Hitler was right do not believe it is safe yet to state such views openly. But times will change.' Allowing Tyndall to organise in the town will give a green light to every racist to crawl out of the woodwork. Tyndall was caught pictured with the convicted Nazi nailbomber David Copeland. Copeland is a former BNP member who killed three people in 1999. This is the true face of the BNP.

People are rallying round to take on the Nazis in Burnley and across the north west of England. Over 60 people picketed Granada TV's studios in Manchester on Friday of last week. Trade unionists, anti-racists and community activists joined the picket. Among the trade union banners were those of Manchester Health Unison and the local RMT union.

The lively picket scuppered Granada's attempts to have a live broadcast of Carol Hughes, the Nazi BNP councillor for Rosegrove & Lower House in Burnley.

Over half the expected studio audience agreed not to take part in the show. Labour councillors and anti-racists scheduled to take part in the studio debate abandoned the show. Many of them joined the Anti Nazi League picket. Everyone can help to stop Tyndall and the Nazis spreading their lies and organising in Burnley.

The ANL organised a meeting in Swansea on Wednesday of last week in protest at an attack on a local synagogue. The attackers spraypainted a swastika and other Nazi graffiti on the walls. Hundreds of signatures have been gathered locally on a petition condemning the attack.
Phone the Anti Nazi League on 020 7924 0333.

Respect anti-racist festival

TENS OF thousands of people packed the anti-racist Respect festival in Victoria Park in east London last Saturday. The festival was organised by the Greater London Authority, the South East Region TUC and the National Assembly Against Racism.

Doreen Lawrence, mother of the murdered black teenager Stephen, was greeted with a huge cheer when she addressed the audience. This is the kind of carnival against racism that we want in Burnley, where the British National Party has gained a toehold. Trade unionists, anti-racists and revellers at the festival backed the demand for such an event in Burnley.

Diggle says no racists

IN A fantastic demonstration of united opposition to the Nazis, the people of Diggle near Oldham voted to oppose the BNP's plans to hold its 'Red, White and Blue Festival' in a field near the village. Residents gathered in Kiln Green church in Diggle last Tuesday and gave a powerful message to the Nazis that they are not welcome.

Over 200 residents in the tiny village, including a few local members of the Anti Nazi League, attended the meeting. The BNP's defeated local election candidate Mick Treacey's feeble efforts to claim that the 'festival' was a 'family event' were unsuccessful.

He was reduced to abusing and intimidating speakers who spoke against him. A succession of speakers made it clear to Treacey that there was a strong and inclusive community in Diggle, and that there was no place for Nazis. A motion to campaign for the council and police to 'take every possible action to prevent the proposed festival' on the grounds that it 'would promote racism, intolerance and prejudice' was overwhelmingly passed.


Carnival in Burnley

Sunday 1 September - Towneley Park

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Belle & Sebastian

Sister India

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Bands Hip-hop Djs Bhangra and more

Organised by the Anti Nazi League phone 020 7924 0333 e-mail web

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Sat 27 Jul 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1810
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