The BNP leader Nick Griffin, the former Youth BNP leader Mark Collett
and BNP’s founder John Tyndall have been charged today at Halifax police
station under the section 18 of the Public Order Act which outlaws incitement
to racial hatred.
Sabby Dhalu, Joint Secretary of UAF said: ‘The BNP is not a legitimate political party. These charges confirm our view that the main purpose of the BNP is to peddle race hate. The BBC documentary exposed the extreme racism and hatred of the BNP’s leading figures. Without prejudging the outcome of the legal proceedings, we can say a strong message against racism and hatred is being sent out.’
Weyman Bennett, Joint Secretary of UAF said: ‘This is a significant development, which must be welcomed by all those who oppose the fascist BNP. Nick Griffin has already once been convicted for the same offence in 1998 and received a two-year suspended sentence. These charges show these are not ordinary politicians with legitimate concerns: they whip up racism and hatred against Muslims and black people. They stand for the destruction of our democratic rights.’
Notes to editors:
Sabby Dhalu and Weyman Bennett are outside the police station where the charges were confirmed.
For more information and interviews call Sabby Dhalu on 07949 882 609 or Weyman Bennett on 07734 032 314