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6 April 2010

BNP leader calls for white people to “maim and blow things up“

If you want a reason not to vote BNP in May, this is it.

By James Macintyre

From the excellent anti-racist group Expose the BNP:

Nick Griffin, British National Party leader and election candidate for Barking and Dagenham, says white people “with a legitimate grievance” have the right “to hurt people, to maim and blow things up”.

BNP supporters “have a right to take up arms, arguably in fact a duty to take up arms”, using “physical force” against their enemies, he says.

Griffin’s chilling words were caught on film by the journalist Dominic Carman, who spent days interviewing and videotaping the racist leader.

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Given the news yesterday of the death threats bandied about by BNP leaders, the findings from this investigation provide further evidence that violence is at the core of the party’s politics.

The revelations of Griffin’s call for armed resistance follow the jailing of BNP member Terence Gavan in January for terrorist offences after he accumulated a stockpile of bombs and weapons. Next week [12 April], white supremacist Ian Davison is on trial for producing the deadly poison ricin.