Wednesday 2 June 2010

BNP forced to axe showpiece ‘Red White and Blue’ Nazi-fest

The British National Party has been forced to axe its showpiece Red White and Blue festival in Derbyshire after years of protests. The annual gathering in the town of Codnor has been opposed by local residents and antifascist campaigners who have marched and “kettled” the fascists inside their event.

Last year, the BNP’s idea of festivities was revealed to include a sick mock-lynching in which a golliwog doll was burnt by a crowd including children.

The Derby Telegraph reports that the festival will not be held in Derbyshire this year. It adds:

People living near to the site of the three-day event, which cost Derbyshire Constabulary £500,000 to police last year, have spoken of their “considerable relief”.

It continues:

The BNP has now announced that it will have no national festival this summer and will instead focus on localised social events. That has been welcomed by anti-BNP campaigners and people in Denby village.

Joe Osborne, 71, of Breach Road, said: “It will be a peaceful weekend again. Previously we have had a lot of noise and nuisance from people, both on the site and outside it.

“It has caused an inconvenience for the past three years for residents in Breach Lane and Codnor-Denby Lane – people are fenced in, in their own homes, when it takes place.

“Now they will get to enjoy a normal weekend again.”

Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism, said: “It’s great news that the BNP have been forced to cancel their Nazi-fest. This is the fruit of campaigning over several years against the BNP – both outside the Red White and Blue event and in the recent elections in Barking and Dagenham, where the party was humiliated.”

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