| Friday 13th June
2008 | Issue 635
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Anti-fascists have already scored a victory over the BNP’s planned “Red White and Blue” festival in Derbyshire. The BNP withdrew their licence application after cops insisted on strict security measures. A solicitor for Derbyshire police told the Amber Valley Borough Council licence tribunal “The fact is we are expecting trouble at this event. We didn’t object to this festival in 2007, and we didn’t object initially in 2008 - however towards the end of May the intelligence picture changed. We have started to receive intelligence to say that groups opposed to the BNP may attack people attending this festival. Having a large number of individuals with opposing views together in one area like this is going to be a powder keg.”
Outside the meeting at Ripley Town Hall, anti-fascists from Nottinghamshire Stop the BNP, Derbyshire Unite Against Fascism and Antifa were held back by police including evidence gatherers and a Forward Intelligence Team.
The police solicitor told the panel that the police would only be happy for the event to get a licence if it came attached with a number of new conditions including the erection of a Glastonbury-style ten-foot high fence around the site, badged security and the installation of security lighting.
Unsurprisingly, the BNP were less than happy about this and stormed out. John Walker, national treasurer of the BNP, whinged: “We came here with an open mind. As it went on we came to the conclusion that it was becoming a farce because of the hoops we were being asked to jump through by Derbyshire Police. The police have caved in to mob rule. We are going to withdraw this application and this event will go ahead without a licence.” That means no booze and no live music, which will leave formation goosestepping and cross burning as the only forms of entertainment at the nationalist shindig. (They are still hoping it will all be all white on the night of course...)
A spokesman for the anti-fascists said “This is crucial. This is clearly a major victory for us and a pain in the arse for the BNP, but it won’t stop the festival taking place. If we want to achieve that we’re going to have to continue to build the campaign and mobilise for the day of action on Saturday August 16th.”
For more info on taking action against the BNP and their white supremacist knees-up check out www.antifa.org.uk and www.nobnpfestival.wordpress.com
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