Fascist NF plan youth group and protest in Chippenham.
Tuesday September 25, 2007 17:02 by Antifascista
Residents of Chippenham in Wiltshire are concerned by local media reports that the fascist NF are trying to organise a schools group and protest in their town.
Corsham Anti-Fascists confront fascist town councillor in May.
Residents of Chippenham in Wiltshire are concerned by local media reports that the fascist NF are trying to organise a schools group and protest in their town. Coming months after nearby Corsham saw protests following the unopposed election of a BNP councillor, local people are worried about the threat of a growing far-right in Wiltshire.
This report from the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald.
Racist group targets schools
Thursday 20th September 2007
By Scott McPherson
Extreme right wing political party The National Front is to set up a youth group in Chippenham promoting its racist values.
The group will send out leaflets to secondary schools and community centres in the area in a bid to attract children from the age of 14.
In the conditions of membership to The Young National Front, candidates must be "of white parentage, no homosexuals, male or female are
Schools and members of the Chippenham community have slammed the party and its bid to infiltrate the town.
Gerard MacMahon, head teacher at Sheldon School, said: "I am confident that our pupils would not have any involvement with an organisation who are involved in the stirring or spreading of hatred.
"As an immigrant myself, I am not at all interested in what they have got to say.
"At the school we would have nothing to do with an organisation like that - they will not be allowed to come into the school or use our facilities. Sheldon will have nothing to do with them."
The Young National Front was reformed last year and the group's notorious newspaper Bulldog' will be back in publication next year.
Chippenham would be one of just a handful of areas to have a Young National Front, with groups already set up in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Milton Keynes.
Executive member of the National Front, Steve Reynold, said: "We have had a huge influx of inquiries from young people in Chippenham urging us to come here.
"They have all said something needs to be done to the area as it needs to be sorted out. We have only come here because we have been asked and there is a real desire for us to establish a youth group here.
"Of course the young people don't have to agree with every principal we stand for - but they must agree with our main policies.
"When they join up, we will arrange a number of social activities, but they will be expected to join in to canvass in the area and be made aware of voting in local elections.
"Young people are our future and we have to get them interested in politics and voting now."
The group is planning a march through the town centre next month to raise awareness of its campaign.