Last year, supporters of the British Nationl Party (BNP) gathered at Denby, near Codnor, in Derbyshire for the party’s Red, White and Blue (RWB) festival. Former BNP Councillor, Alan Warner, who hosted the event, has said that the festival will be back in Derbyshire again this year.
The BNP is a far right nationalist party, and many of its senior members have been involved in racist violence. Its politics are divisive and designed to stir up hysteria around immigration.
The RWB festival is intended to draw new recruits into the party and consolidate these disgraceful politics. As such, those who oppose the BNP have begun a campaign to stop this year’s event from taking place.
In 2007, Amber Valley Council granted the organisers entertainment licenses in spite of widespread local protest. Anti-fascists did not mobilise in time to help stop the festival. We are determined that that will not happen this year.
The ‘Stop the Red, White and Blue’ campaign (1) will
* draw together the thousands of people across the region who oppose the BNP into protest against the festival
* demand that local councils block permission for the event in recognition of this feeling
* calls on trade unions to, as far as possible, refuse to do any work that might facilitate the BNP event
If the event does go ahead we will call on local people, along with anti-fascists throughout the country, to join us in mass action against the festival.
Notes for editors:
(1) The Stop the Red, White and Blue campaign is a politically independent network of anti-fascists, dedicated to ideological opposition to, and direct action against the BNP’s Red, White and Blue festival.