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Uniting against fascism

Issue No. 1956

The UAF vigil at Rainsough Jewish cemetery in Manchester (Pic: Eva Barker)

The UAF vigil at Rainsough Jewish cemetery in Manchester (Pic: Eva Barker)

Anti-fascist campaigners were out in force in Manchester and east London last weekend.

On Thursday of last week horrified visitors to the Rainsough Jewish cemetery in north Manchester discovered a hundred gravestones had been pulled down and smashed.

Unite Against Fascism responded immediately by calling a protest vigil at the cemetery gates on Sunday.

Some 150 people came despite the short notice. Speakers included Henry Guterman, who escaped the Holocaust as a child, and Afzal Khan, the lord mayor of Manchester.

Around 100 activists attended a Unite Against Fascism day of action in Goresbrook, east London, last Saturday. They were campaigning to stop the fascist British National Party (BNP) in a council by-election to be held on Thursday of next week.

Leon Greenman spoke about his experiences under Hitler’s Nazi regime and how he survived Auschwitz, where his wife and young son were gassed to death.

He reminded all those present of the need to act before the fascists gain strength and to tell everyone in the community to use their votes to stop the BNP.

Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite, spoke about how the BNP tells racist lies to get votes and delivers nothing to local communities.

Unite activists took up the challenge by leafleting the whole ward and then going door to door to push the anti-BNP vote.

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Sat 18 Jun 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1956
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