BNP's Nick Griffin once again targeted by protestors

The British National Party leader Nick Griffin, who held a private press conference today after yesterday's attempt was disrupted by egg-throwing anti-fascist protestors, has once again been targeted by campaigners. Interestingly, the BNP Chronicle (which in the interest of fairness we should point out bills itself as "a non-official British National Party website" and as such does not necessarily reflect the views of party members) claims that yesterday's event fell victim to "up to 200" protestors while the mainstream media - including the Daily Telegraph, the BBC and the Times - favour a figure of around 50 to 100 people.

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Today's conference, during which Mr. Griffin claimed that he planned to represent all constituents "regardless of their creed or colour" - which contrasts with his earlier comments as mentioned by Krishnan Guru-Murthy while interviewing BNP MEP-elect Andrew Brons on Channel 4 News recently that he would not represent ethnic minorities - was held in Manchester's Ace of Diamonds pub, which was surrounded by around 40 protestors (which translates as "80 violent communists", in BNPChroniclespeak) who chanted anti-BNP slogans and played Bob Marley songs.

"I think it's very sad that a hostile mob which is partly paid for by taxpayers and backed by Labour and the Conservatives is allowed to get away with mob violence on the streets of Britain in 2009," said Mr. Griffin. Mob violence? Throwing a few eggs doesn't really count as violence, does it? You could even argue it has a long and honourable history in democratic nations where it is one of the few ways that the public can draw attention to their dislike of politicians. What with the BNP suddenly transforming - or so they like to pretend - into a democratic party, you'd have thought Nick would appreciate that sort of thing...but then he does like it, of course, because despite his claim at today's conference that he wants "to get away from the publicity. It's been fun while it's lasted," he very obviously wants as much publicity as he can possibly get - especially if it's the sort of publicity that gives him an opportunity to paint himself as the victim and actual democrats, who are opposed to fascism, as the aggressors. After yesterday's protest, Mr. Griffin called the incident "disgraceful" and said that he had every right to hold press conferences and voice his opinions - as have those who disagree with him. Let's hope everyone who is not in support of the BNP continues to exercise that right - because they won't have it for long if the party ever wins a General Election.

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