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Issue No. 1798

HUNDREDS OF anti-Nazi campaigners were out leafleting last weekend in the council wards targeted by the British National Party (BNP). Over 250 people managed to leaflet every house in Burnley in the north west of England, where the Nazis were putting up 13 candidates. About 100 campaigners joined Anti Nazi League leafleting in Oldham, also in the north west.

They were joined by Shobna Gulati, a soap star from Coronation Street. Another cast member, Julie Hesmondhalgh, went to Burnley, where Liz Dawn, also from Corrie, had spoken out against the BNP the previous day. Burnley's football team issued a statement at the end of last week calling on people not to vote for the BNP.

Those are just some signs of the scale and breadth of the opposition to the Nazis in Britain which has been developing since Le Pen's success in the first round of the French presidential election. That feeling forced its way into the national press last week, as papers ran stories exposing the true Nazi nature of the BNP.

The Anti Nazi League was organising this week to build that mood and turn it into a mass movement against the BNP before and after the council elections on Thursday.

Phone the Anti Nazi League on 020 7924 0333.

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Sat 4 May 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1798
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