Wednesday, June 10, 2009

BNP Leader Nick Griffin Pelted With Eggs.

Nick Griffin decided to hold a press conference on Westminster Green, the place where MP's are regularly interviewed because of it's view of parliament in the background. No doubt his success in the European elections has made Griffin feel that he has a new found electoral legitimacy.

But a group of protesters had heard of his plans and were not prepared to allow him to do this unchallenged.

The BNP leader Nick Griffin was forced to abandon a press conference outside parliament today after protesters pelted him with eggs.

The demonstrators shouted "Off our streets, Nazi scum" and chased him down the street to his car.

Griffin, who was elected an MEP for north-west England on Sunday, was bundled into his car by his bodyguards and quickly drove off.

Having arrived for the press conference, on College Green in front of parliament, just after 2.30pm with fellow BNP MEP Andrew Brons, he began by attacking articles from today's newspapers criticising him and his party.

He had been speaking for only a few minutes when the protesters appeared, chanting and waving banners reading "Stop the fascist BNP".

They threw eggs at Griffin, whose bodyguards quickly took him away through the crowd. The demonstrators kicked and hit his car with their placards before cheering as he drove off.

Weyman Bennett, the protest organiser and national secretary of Unite Against Fascism, said he believed it was important to stand up to the BNP.

"The majority of people did not vote for the BNP. They did not vote at all," he said. "The BNP was able to dupe them into saying that they had an answer to people's problems. They presented themselves as a mainstream party. The reality was, because the turnout was so low, they actually got elected."
Like everyone else, I simply don't think this could have been done to more deserving person, however, as the TV commentator at the end of this clip points out, the danger here is that being portrayed as the victim might actually suit Griffin's cause. He loves to portray himself as the man speaking up for Britain with a message that the politically correct want to silence.

People need to challenge his ideas and his message, not attempt to stop his right to speak.

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