Saturday, 15 August 2009
Disrupting the Nazi jamboree
I've just got back from protesting, with up to 2000 other anti-fascists, at the BNP's 'Red, White and Blue' festival in Codnor, Derbyshire. The Unite Against Fascism demo caused a lot of disruption to the Nazis' annual gathering, stopping some from getting in and demoralising many others. It was nice to see the miserable looks on the BNP faithful's faces and witnessing them getting so irritated and bad-tempered.
At least 150 people, including everyone from the Tyneside UAF coach, were in my contingent. There was a tremendous spirit of unity and determination, helping us to hold the police and BNP supporters at bay for around three hours. Sitting in their parked cars was as far as the thoroughly pissed-off racists could get throughout this time. A great many simply gave up and drove off. Others were eventually able to trudge off, across muddy fields, to their hate-fest, but only thanks to the police lining up and parking their vans across the road.
It is important that the BNP is having such a horrible time with this 'festival'. It is their flagship event - this year they hoped it would serve as celebration of their recent victories in getting two MEPs elected, including wannabe Fuhrer Nick Griffin. The event's primary purpose is to draw 'soft' members and supporters into becoming part of the fascist cadre at the core of BNP organisation.
Isolating the hardcore Hitler-lovers from their broader support is a vital task for anti-fascist campaigners. We took a step in that direction in Codnor today.