[interact_list] [Britian] why it is so cold down here

  • From: Akio Fujita <A.Fujita@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: interact_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 15:46:36 +0100

(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



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 

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 

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 

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

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. 

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