Campaigners react to BNP meeting
SUPPORTERS of the Anti-Nazi-League were today putting on a show of strength in central Ipswich in response to this week's BNP meeting.Members manned a stall on the Cornhill to gain signatures for a 'solidarity petition' which will be published to demonstrate the support for the league.
SUPPORTERS of the Anti-Nazi-League were today putting on a show of strength in central Ipswich in response to this week's BNP meeting.
Members manned a stall on the Cornhill to gain signatures for a 'solidarity petition' which will be published to demonstrate the support for the league.
Ipswich ANL member Viv Quay said: "We had no idea they (the BNP) were going to meet until we saw the story in yesterday's Evening Star.
"I was appalled they can say they are a democratic organisation when they hold meetings which are cooked up in secrecy."
When told that the meeting was held in secret because the BNP believed they would receive violent threats, Ms Quay said: "What they are doing is wrong – I don't know why they have to hold these secret meetings and as for the violence – no, I don't think so."
She added that the ANL would step up their presence in the Ipswich area following the BNP's meeting.
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"We will do all we can to ensure that the BNP don't get a foothold in this area.
"We understand from previous comments from Nick Griffin that they regard Suffolk as rich-pickings. We are planning to hold more stalls and more public meetings," she said.