Some 300 people joined a Unite Against Fascism (UAF) rally in Dudley last Sunday on the site of a proposed new Mosque. It was organised in response to a demonstration held by 30 BNP supporters two weeks earlier on the same site.
The BNP targeted the Muslim community just a week after Jack Straw’s comments on the veil. However, the BNP’s first public demonstration in Dudley has galvanised widespread opposition to them. Speakers in support of the rally came from various faiths and included the Bishop of Dudley as well as local trade unionists. Speakers stressed the need to unite against the politics of racial hatred.
Muslim leaders in Dudley mobilised for the rally to show the BNP they would not be intimidated. They also applauded the organisational effort of UAF.
Paul Singh from the Dudley Race Equality Council announced details of a public meeting to be held in Netherton on Thursday 30 November in response to recent leafleting by the BNP. Everyone at the rally was urged to support this and future anti-BNP leafleting.
UAF in Dudley is clearly seen as the organisation that can unite everyone to defeat the BNP.