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Crown Prosecution Service, A Friend of the BNP?

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Just in from Unity:

“Hope Not Hate/Searchlight needs your help:

The police have decided, on the instruction of the Crown Prosecution Service in London, not to charge 13 BNP activists arrested in Liverpool on 22 November for distributing the Racism Cuts Both Ways pamphlet. We understand the CPS considers the pamphlet is not racist.

This perverse ruling makes your action in support of our campaign all the more urgent. The decision will spur the BNP on to distribute the pamphlet to an even wider audience. Already the BNP is trying to raise more money to keep the Racism Cuts Both Ways campaign on the road.

To take action now follow this link

http://www.racismcutsbothways.org.uk/index.php#petition

Catch up with things at Unity News.

Written by modernityblog

13/01/2009 at 22:55

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  1. What on earth could the pamphlet say that would subject its ditributors to criminal prosecution?

    Mesquito

    14/01/2009 at 00:20

  2. it could incite people to commit racial violence?

    which is not covered by freedom of speech in a lot of countries

    modernityblog

    14/01/2009 at 00:27

  3. Is this a joke?

    ders

    14/01/2009 at 10:11

  4. in what way?

    modernityblog

    14/01/2009 at 13:45

  5. Not sure what I think of this. I suspect the pamphlet is not racist in an explicit way, but only by euphemism. I suspect (based on what I’ve read in November’s Searchlight) that it is also full of lies. But should we really be calling on the CPS to make such prosecutions? The tradition of militant anti-fascism, to which I still subscribe, says that we should not rely on the state to defend us from fascists but, rather, need to defeat their arguments on the streets and physically stop them from handing out these leaflets ourselves. If the state prosecutes them, this strengthens their cache with the “political correctness gorn mad” brigade. This, for me, is part of the problem with the politics of Searchlight, which it appears to be passing on to Hope Not Hate: a legalistic form of anti-fascism, that constantly calls on the state to censor and ban. Instead, Hope Not Hate needs to be vigorously countering the evil (and utterly spurious) “Racism cuts both ways” message in the white working class communities where this propaganda resonates.

    Bob

    15/01/2009 at 13:44

  6. Bob, you wrote:

    “The tradition of militant anti-fascism, to which I still subscribe, says that we should not rely on the state to defend us from fascists but, rather, need to defeat their arguments on the streets and physically stop them from handing out these leaflets ourselves.”

    completely agree, that is my tradition too

    but if you tried that nowadays, would it work?

    sadly, with a few exceptions, anti-fascist groups are not what they were, so that’s not going to work or be possible as it was in the 1970s and early 1980s, is it?

    I suspect Searchlight and Co are trying ANYTHING that they think will slow down the growth of the BNP

    as for the long term, unless you have a viable political alternative (a strong Left) then your options are seriously limited

    and the problem is, that the British Left is falling apart, which leaves the door open for the Fas. 😦

    modernityblog

    15/01/2009 at 14:52


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