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."
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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.