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Anti-fascist assaulted outside BNP court case

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An anti-fascist was assaulted outside the central London county court on Thursday while protesting against Nazi British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin.
Issue 2186
Nick Griffin speaking to the press (Pic: Fil Kaler)
Nick Griffin speaking to the press (Pic: Fil Kaler)

An anti-fascist was assaulted outside the central London county court on Thursday while protesting against Nazi British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin.

Griffin was in court because he had missed the deadline to scrap the fascist BNP’s “whites only” membership policy.

Two of Griffin’s group grabbed anti-fascist demonstrator Simon Assaf around the throat and head. His glasses were crushed into his face and he was left with cuts around his eyes.

Simon was part of a protest organised by Unite Against Fascism outside the court.

He told Socialist Worker, “We wanted to show our contempt for Griffin’s racist views. He came out of the court to make a statement to the press. I moved forward shouting ‘You dirty racist’.

“Some of Griffin’s group went for me. They tried to drag me away so that Griffin could speak to the press uninterrupted. But protesters managed to drown him out.”

Griffin scuttled away quickly by car.

Simon had to go to hospital to have the cuts around his eyes attended to.

He added, “We did nothing wrong. Griffin has been found guilty of Holocaust denial and has been tried for inciting race hated.

“The BNP thinks it can attack and injure people who are exercising their right to protest. If it does this in front of the press, I hate to think what it when no one is watching.”

The judge gave the BNP a further two weeks to amend its constitution before facing a possible court injunction.

Simon Assaf (centre) is dragged away by two of Griffin
Simon Assaf (centre) is dragged away by two of Griffin’s group (Pic: Fil Kaler)
Simon Assaf had to go to hospital to have cuts around his eyes attended to (Pic: Fil Kaler)
Simon Assaf had to go to hospital to have cuts around his eyes attended to (Pic: Fil Kaler)

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