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Anti Nazi League

Issue No. 1799

AS THE news of the BNP's victory in Burnley circulated, anti-Nazi campaigners across Britain took to the streets in protest. Over 100 people turned up in Bristol on Friday and marched, to a great reception from passers-by. People marched to the BBC to demand no platform for Nazis.

Demonstrators included Bristol University's anti-racism officer, and members of the Rolls-Royce Test Areas AEEU/ Amicus, PCS (Revenue), Natfhe, NUT and Unison unions. The local paper the Evening Post reported how a Kosovan family living in Bristol under threat of deportation were at the forefront of the protest. Diane Mehmetis told the rally, 'We are very worried about the BNP winning seats in Burnley.

'They do not wish to live with asylum seekers.' In York around 100 protesters marched through the city, blocking a main road. In Manchester last Friday some 100 mainly young people turned out to protest against the Nazis. The mass leafleting session ended with speeches in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens. The rally heard speeches from trade unionists, refugees, French students and Globalise Resistance.

Over 100 people took part in the Anti Nazi League (ANL) 'Stand up to the Nazi BNP' protest and rally outside Brighton station last Friday. Speakers at the rally included a local Labour councillor and former mayor, Brighton and Hove Unison, the president of Sussex University Student Union, a member of the Union of Jewish Students at Brighton University, a French student and the Socialist Alliance.

Over 400 people signed the 'United to kick out the Nazis' petition and £170 was raised for the ANL. In Norwich the trades council May Day festival was addressed by local Labour MP Ian Gibson. He urged people to march to a local shop that displays BNP material. Around 50 people spontaneously marched to the shop and covered it in ANL stickers, getting lots of press coverage.

An anti-Nazi demonstration of 250 people, the majority French, marched through Cambridge on Friday to protest against the rise of Le Pen and the BNP. In London the ANL marked the third anniversary of the nail bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho. Some 50 campaigners met at the site of the bombing and petitioned against the BNP.

In Sheffield last Friday around 80 people took part in an ANL demo outside the town hall, leafleting and petitioning against the BNP. ANL activists organised two very successful stalls in Northampton and Luton last Saturday. They attracted a lot of support, with £120 collected for the ANL in Northampton and around 50 signing up to an ANL network in the town.

THE ANL and Jeremy Corbyn MP have launched a campaign in protest against the desecration of the Finsbury Park Synagogue in north London.

The campaign is based on a statement condemning the anti-Semitic attack.

The statement has already been signed by local councillors, trade unionists and leaders from mosques in the area. The campaign is planning to hold a vigil at the synagogue in the near future.

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Sat 11 May 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1799
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