“Master race, you’re having a laugh!” was just one of the many chants that taunted BNP Boot Boys, previously wielding crowbars, truncheons and baseball bats in Leigh town centre, as they were forced, underPolice protection, to tow away their wrecked Landrover, which was literally ‘hammered’ by a larger force of similarly tooled-up anti-fascists from the AFA.
So much for the BNP’s ‘Battle for Britain’ Roadshow to raise money for aspiring Brit-Führer Nick Griffin’s Euro election campaign in theNorth West. Looking at the damage to their Landrover, that fundraising went into reverse in Leigh on the evening of Friday the 13th March 2009.
Having got wind of the anti-fascist mobilisation against their proposed ‘private fundraising event’ the previous day (the event was originally scheduled to take place at the Pure Night Club on West Bridgewater Street on Friday evening with Nick Griffin billed as the main speaker), the BNP leader failed to show his face in the town whatsoever.
Whether he did or not is immaterial in reality.
The response to the appeals issued by myself and others, from students from Salford University and the Salford Left Forum, United Against Fascism, the AFA and from local anti-fascists, including members of the Socialist Workers’ Party, Socialist Party, Community Action Party, Labour Party and Respect, at such short notice was tremendous, so much so in fact that the anti-fascist forces were able to successfully see off four of their nazi ‘flying’ storm troopers - who were just about to attack those assembling for the anti-fascist counter protest, and give their Landrover, trailer (and one of theBNP thugs) something of a ‘hammering’ in the process.
Well done everyone.
Stephen Hall (Leigh - UNITE/Amicus Branch & South Lancs Respect Party member)