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Expose the BNP Nazis

Issue No. 1794

A major challenge faces every anti-fascist and anti-racist. Nazis from Nick Griffin's British National Party are desperate to secure a breakthrough in the local council elections on 2 May. They want to emulate their counterparts in Europe, where Nazis have won seats in council and European parliamentary elections.

The BNP would like a repeat of what happened in 1993, when Derek Beackon conned voters into electing him to a council seat in east London's Isle of Dogs. He was kicked out of office seven months later. The key areas the BNP Nazis are now targeting are Burnley in Lancashire, Bradford in Yorkshire, Oldham in Manchester, Tipton Green in the Black Country, and Bexley in south east London.

The BNP won 22 percent of the vote in Burnley last November by exploiting the racial tensions and massive poverty in the area. In last June's general election the BNP secured 23 percent of the vote in Tipton Green. After stirring up racism in Oldham, BNP Nazis conned 16 percent of voters into backing them.

They are now trying to pose as supporters of ordinary people over issues like council housing. But they shouldn't be allowed to fool anyone. They are Nazis to the core. They deny the existence of the Holocaust, when Hitler's Nazis murdered six million Jews.

BNP leader Nick Griffin has been a member of every main Nazi organisation in Britain at some point over the last 25 years. He says people on housing estates are 'scum'. Leading BNP members have a string of convictions for violence, terrorism and race hatred. Tony Lecomber, Griffin's right hand man, has 12 convictions.

These include possession of home-made hand grenades in 1995, and three years in jail in 1991 for a savage attack on a Jewish schoolteacher in east London. Behind every Nazi trying to pose as respectable is a gang of thugs eager for violence. Anti-Nazi campaigners have been out exposing the truth about the Nazis. They have been leafleting, canvassing and speaking to voters in the areas targeted by the BNP, urging people not to be conned into voting Nazi. This work now needs to be stepped up and involve as many people as possible.

Don't Vote Nazi

Join the Anti Nazi League mass leafleting to stop the Nazis winning seats in the local elections

OLDHAM: Sunday 7 April, 12 noon, Civic Centre car park, Rochdale Road, Oldham

BURNLEY: Saturday 13 April, 12 noon, Mechanics car park

BRADFORD: Saturday 20 April, 11am, Ecceshill Rugby Club (corner of Ravencliffe Avenue and Harrogate Road)

TIPTON GREEN: Sunday 7 April, 11am, Pie Factory pub car park (junction of Sedgley Road West and Hurst Lane)

BEXLEY: Sunday 21 April, 11am, Slade Green station (Forest Road/Whitehall Lane)

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Sat 6 Apr 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1794
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