Socialist Worker

Cartoon row round-up

Issue No. 1988

Paper vendors strike in Graz

Sixty two street vendors of the Kleine Zeitung newspaper in Graz, Austria, went on strike on Monday of last week after a paper reprinted the offensive caricatures of the prophet Mohammed. For days they had tried to convince the editors that they should avoid such an offensive act.

One of the vendors told Socialist Worker, “The editors argued that it was their duty to inform their readers. But for weeks they have observed what the caricatures meant to Muslims all over Europe. The reprint of the caricatures was meant to provoke Muslims.

“About 5,000 custumers didn’t recieve the paper as a result of the strike action. When we organised a demonstration the following Friday many Austrians showed their solidarity.

“The people said that they were also against the reprint of the caricatures. That was a very beautiful experience.”

Manfred Ecker


Community comes together

Over 200 people attended a meeting in Preston last week to discuss how to stop anti?Muslim hatred.

Speakers included Respect councillor Michael Lavalette, Reverend Philip Tyers, Reverend James Watterson, Socialist Worker editor Chris Bambery and Mukhtar Master. Other speakers were Tuli Ray, Nahella Ashraf and Mo Saeed Ahmed.

Nick Owens of the local newspaper Lancashire Evening Post spoke of the need for ethical jouranalism.


Beating the Nazi BNP

The fascist British National Party (BNP) has lost no time in exploiting the Danish cartoons row to drive through its agenda of race hatred directed at Britain’s Muslim minorities. It plans to run its May local election campaign as a “referendum on Islam”.

But anti-Nazi campaigners in Unite Against Fascism are determined to stop them. Unite’s national conference on stopping the BNP, due to be held in London on Saturday this week, has already received a record 380 bookings.

“People are furious at the fact that BNP leader Nick Griffin can walk free from court to peddle his racist lies,” said Donna Guthrie from the Unite office. “We’ve been deluged with calls from people wanting to come to the conference all week.”

Unite has also announced three national days of action against the fascists on 25 February, 25 March and 29 April.

For details of the Unite conference go to www.uaf.org.uk


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