Monday 2 August 2010

Support UAF officer in court after BBC demo against BNP leader

UAF supporters will gather outside the court on 7 September when Martin Smith faces a serious charge following the demo against British National Party leader Nick Griffin’s appearance on the BBC’s Question Time.

Martin, a national officer of UAF and national coordinator of our sister campaign Love Music Hate Racism, was arrested on the protest and has been charged with assaulting a police officer. He strenuously denies the charge.

Hundreds of people joined the UAF demo on 22 October last year against nazi Nick Griffin’s invitation onto the flagship Question Time programme. The demo was backed by trade unions Unite, PCS, CWU, Bectu, Aslef, TSSA, the Musicians Union and the South East Regional TUC.

Support Martin and the right to protest against fascism

Please join us outside the court to show support for Martin. The case involving a leading antifascist activist could also have implications for other antifascists in future. It is important to stand up for our right to protest against racism and fascism.

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Join us: 9am Tuesday 7 September
South Western Magistrates Court, 176a Lavender Hill, London SW11 1JU

The court is just up the road from Clapham Junction station (see map). Nearest tubes: Clapham South and Clapham Common. Please encourage your friends and workmates to come – and bring your trade union banners!

UPDATE – TUBE STRIKE: There is set to be a tube strike on the day of the hearing – use Clapham Junction rail station (5 mins from Waterloo or Victoria). Bus routes 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 170, 219, 295, 319, 337, 344, 345, C3 and G1 all stop close to the court. Please allow extra time to travel by bus because it is rush hour and buses will be crowded during the strike.

More about the protest against Griffin on Question Time

UAF chair and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone speaks out against “the BBC’s gift to the BNP”.

Pic: by **EDPHOTO17**

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