THERE WAS a huge turnout for the launch meeting of Pendle United Against Fascism on Wednesday of last week. Nearly 100 people crowded into Nelson Library to hear speakers from across the political and religious spectrum condemn the threat from the far-right BNP. The meeting was called by Pendle Trades Council.
AROUND 80 local residents including pensioners, students and trade unionists turned out for the launch meeting of York Unity two weeks ago. The meeting heard speeches from Sabby Dhalu, joint secretary of the Unite Against Fascism campaign, and councillor David Wilde, a former lord mayor of York.
The meeting voted to establish York Unity as a continuing campaign and to affiliate to Unite Against Fascism. Further meetings and action include a local march in the run-up to the elections in June.
ANTI-FASCISTS stopped a meeting of the BNP taking place in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, last Sunday. Around 25 people took part in the protest, most of them from the local area. We marched through the town carrying Unite Against Fascism posters and then held a rally.
The deputy mayor said that his father had taken part in the famous Cable Street mobilisation against Oswald Mosley's Blackshirts in the 1930s and that we must keep up the fight today.
ABOUT 50 ANL supporters demonstrated against members of the Nazi England First Party at the election count for the Heysham South by-election in Lancashire last week. England First came third with 191 votes. It is good they did not win but this is still too many votes, and an indication that there's a lot of work to be done in the area.