(as weather gets down and as media coverages vanish and as having hearing no decent proposal for 'solutions' ever in sight I already got bored of this problem, at least today.) ...I have no intent to monitor around BNP's activities, but as a kind of sample that they are #loaming. BNP was in Scotland recently, souces are 'The Scotsman (newspaper probably)' - via yahoo.uk http://uk.news.yahoo.com/010716/17/byaxc.html http://uk.news.yahoo.com/010715/4/by79n.html http://uk.news.yahoo.com/010717/17/byhet.html etc. -------------------------------------------------- http://uk.news.yahoo.com/010716/17/byaxc.html Crackdown on race hate campaigners Monday July 16, 01:14 PM POLICE were trying to keep racial tensions in Scotland under control last night after the British National Party launched a campaign against Asians and asylum seekers. History of hate Extra police have been drafted in to both Edinburgh and Glasgow to prevent an outbreak of violence similar to that which has swept northern England in recent weeks. Two people were arrested after a disturbance as the BNP distributed leaflets in Pollokshields, Glasgow. The BNP targeted Pollokshields and Sighthill, which has seen sporadic violence against asylum seekers. A group of around 50 people, including Asian youths with their faces partly covered and leading anti-racism campaigner Aamer Anwar, mounted a protest against the BNP presence. As BNP leader Nick Griffin headed for Edinburgh last night to spearhead a week-long Scottish campaign, senior ministers privately expressed anger and dismay at the decision to come north. A source close to First Minister Henry McLeish made it clear he viewed the BNP's arrival as "deplorable" and "regrettable". The source said: "Ministers want the people of Glasgow and Scotland to reject any overtures by these people." Tensions between Asian youths and the right wingers rose yesterday as members of the BNP, including the deputy leader, Scottish-born Scott McLean, began delivering 4,000 leaflets, blaming Asians for the riots in Oldham and Bradford. The violence moved to Stoke-on-Trent this weekend as officers in riot gear were met by a hail of bricks, bottles and paving stones and 49 people were arrested. Although he did not mention asylum seekers in Scotland directly, Mr McLean made it clear they were the target for the Scottish campaign. "I don't believe even genuine asylum seekers should come here. They should go to the nearest country to them ," he said. The leafleting campaign was designed to prepare the ground for the arrival of Mr Griffin, who has a conviction for race hate offences. Today he will address rallies in Edinburgh and Glasgow and intends to meet supporters from Aberdeen. Mr Griffin, who won 16 per cent of the vote in Oldham at the general election, is expected to launch a Save Our Sighthill campaign. The area is home to thousands of asylum seekers and police were forced to increase patrols following a series of attacks on members of ethnic minority groups. Leaflets being handed out by the BNP compared the "terrible scene of violence as Muslim racists went on the rampage" in northern England with a rise in racial tension in parts of Glasgow. They claimed there had been a number of attacks on whites in the area, with the victims too afraid to tell the police. Leaflets allege Muslim youths have become "more confident in their abilities as vigilantes against a non-existent threat from whites". Joe Grant, secretary of the Strathclyde branch of the Scottish Police Federation, said: "The emergence of these racist groups ... will pose difficulties for communities and the policing there. There is a need for the community to identify individuals concerned and for the police to deal swiftly and firmly with the BNP." Councillor Bashir Mann, convener of Strathclyde Police Board and President of the National Association of British Pakistanis, said: "I would urge people of all races not to be provoked by this attempt to stir up trouble in Glasgow. The BNP will be looking for a vehement reaction in the city so we should leave it up to the police to keep an eye on these people rather than take the law into their own hands." Tommy Sheridan, the Scottish Socialist leader and a Glasgow city councillor, said: "I hate racism, I hate fascism, these people spout hatred and division. I am appalled by their presence - they bring fear and hate into communities." Mohammad Naveem Asif, an Afghani who fled Taleban violence and now helps run Glasgow Refugee Action Group, said residents in the communities targeted by the BNP felt intimidated . He added: "Their presence can only stir up tension at a time when we are experiencing fewer attacks against Asians." Mr McLean hit out at critics, claiming activists had been welcomed by many of those canvassed: "We spoke to lots of people this morning who said they were intimidated by the Asian community. " One white woman told us she had racist grafitti plastered all over her wall but when she went to the police, they said there was nothing they could do. White people in Pollokshields and Sighthill feel they have been forgotten. The Asians are protected by the police while the whites have to fend for themselves." A spokeswoman for Strathclyde police said: "We are aware of the visit and the event will be given appropriate police response." The two men arrested yesterday will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- http://uk.news.yahoo.com/010717/17/byhet.html The leader of the British National Party yesterday claimed his extreme right wing organisation is gaining support in Scotland. Nick Griffin said race riots in several English towns in recent weeks had led to a surge in membership applications both north and south of the Border. He arrived in Scotland yesterday for a five-day visit which has heightened racial tensions in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Asian community leaders condemned his visit and were last night urging youths not to react to provocation from racist agitators. The arrival of Mr Griffin was also criticised by political and union leaders. Mr Griffin, 42, denied reports that the party planned to stage public demonstrations in Scotland, but he does intend to address two secret meetings of BNP activists and continue a leafleting campaign against Asians and asylum seekers. The leaflets accuse Muslim youths of going "on the rampage" in northern England and say this has led to a rise in racial tension in Scotland. In an interview with The Scotsman, Mr Griffin said the BNP was not responsible for stoking up racial tensions, blaming the police, the media and local councils. But he admitted his party remains dedicated to the racist policy of reducing the number of non-white people in Britain. "Enoch Powell was right and we are the people who are carrying on that message", he said. Mr Griffin, a Cambridge-educated father of four, is to address activists in Glasgow and another smaller meeting in Edinburgh before returning to his home in mid-Wales. All the meetings are to be held at secret locations and are not being publicised. Mr Griffin said: "We don't want to be targeted by left-wing extremists." The BNP did not contest any seats in Scotland at the recent General Election but its Scottish organiser, Scott McLean, was recently promoted to become the party's deputy chairman.