Sunday, 26 September 2010

Wrecsam youngsters tell BNP to "go away"

This has made my day... go to Indymedia for pictures of the BNP packing up after the spontaneous demo.

A group of young people held an impromptu demonstration against a BNP stall in Wrexham today, which culminated in the BNP giving up and going home.The protest was started by a lone student, who was so outraged by the presence of the BNP in the town centre that he found a piece of cardboard and used it to make a placard to convey his message eloquently with just two words: 'GO AWAY.' He proceeded to stand facing the stall and announced that he wouldn't be leaving until the BNP did.

Gradually, the demonstration attracted the attention of other passers-by, who made more placards including 'SAY NO TO HOMOPHOBIA' and 'NO TO FASCISM' and acquired a rainbow peace flag. By this time there was a fluid group of around 20 or so good-humoured young people objecting to the stall and rendering the BNP all but invisible to shoppers walking down Hope Street.

In the face of this determined opposition, the BNP representatives were obviously struggling to keep their tempers and to maintain the thin veneer of respectability they had adopted. One of them advanced towards the demonstration shaking his fist menacingly and issuing threats of legal action after someone apparently called him 'Scum', but the pesky youngsters weren't intimidated by this threatening behaviour and, in the end, there was nothing for the BNP to do but to pack up the stall and do what it said on the placard.

Incidentally, the stall was campaigning for British troops to be brought home from Afghanistan.


JimHxn said...

As I posted on the original Indymedia article, just to make sure our message doesn't get misinterpreted, we WEREN'T protesting the withdrawal of troops from the Gulf (I for one am in favour of this, but for completely different reasons than the BNP), but instead the presence of a facist party campaigning in our town.

Plaid Whitegate said...

Yes, it's clear from the pictures that people were anti-war AND anti-fascist, which does have the merit of being consistent (unlike the jingoistic BNP).