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Ugly face of the BNP shown in Southend

by Senan Mortell and Matt Grabham
Issue No. 1909

ABOUT 30 people picketed a BNP meeting in Southend, Essex, where its leader, Nick Griffin, was due to speak on Thursday of last week.

We were boosted by support from many of the passing cars and fire engines, and by the pub landlord coming out to speak to us about the BNP.

He said once he realised what the BNP stand for he refused to let them continue to meet there.

Shortly afterwards the Nazis’ head candidate for the Eastern Region tried to intimidate us and was eventually led away in handcuffs after he attacked a Unite Against Fascism supporter in full view of the police.

Clearly the frustration of the election results and continued resistance within the local community has in some cases brought the real nature of the BNP to the surface.

Griffin made no appearance and as far as we can make out the BNP had to cancel its meeting.

This success shows how we can put the fascists under further pressure following their failure to break through electorally.

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Sat 10 Jul 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1909
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