Nick Griffin and the BNP ignore march ban
UK far-right leader defies march ban
Fri, 31 May 2013 15:13:18 GMT
British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin has urged his supporters to ignore a police ban on the far-right group’s planned march in Woolwich, south-east London, where British soldier Lee Rigby was stabbed to death last week.
“Ignore reports of march ban. See you there on Saturday,” Griffin posted on Twitter, describing the ban, which was issued under the Public Order Act, as a “police abuse of power”.
Griffin’s party had initially applied to rally from Woolwich Barracks to the Lewisham Islamic Centre on June 1. But police re-routed the event, restricting it to Westminster.
Officers said that due to “the information and intelligence available to the MPS meant that it was necessary to impose the conditions to prevent the demonstration from resulting in serious disorder, serious damage to property, and/or serious disruption to the life of the community.”
The Unite Against Fascism (UAF) group has also confirmed it intended to go ahead with its counter-protest in Woolwich.
The racist groups across Britain used the Woolwich murder as an excuse to spread Islamophobia and have already held protests across the country, all of which were filled with violence and attacks on police officers.