THE BOMBING of a gay pub in central London last Friday sent shockwaves of horror across the whole of Britain. It came in the wake of the nail bombings in Brixton and Brick Lane and was designed to bring terror to the streets of Britain. But instead of dividing black from white and gay from straight, these attacks have united people. Thousands of furious protesters took to the streets of London last Saturday, the day after the bomb.
The police have arrested and charged a man with the bombings. They were quick to say David Copeland is a loner who was not inspired by the Nazis. But the bombs were not planted in a white suburb of Surrey or Sussex. They were targeted at blacks, Asians and gays-the people the Nazis hate. That is why Nazi organisations such as Combat 18 were quick to claim responsibility for the bombings.
The Nazis, and those inspired by their propaganda, are a sick minority in society. Groups like the British National Party, Combat 18 and the National Front encourage violence against blacks, Asians, gays, Jews and socialists. They seek to scapegoat and divide. They follow the ideas of Adolf Hitler, who ordered the extermination of six million Jews and the murder of gays, Gypsies and the disabled.
Metropolitan Police chief Sir Paul Condon and a string of politicians lined up last week to claim they are determined to tackle the Nazis. But why, then, do the authorities continue to insist that postal workers should deliver Nazi election leaflets? Why do they continue to insist the Nazis have a right to election broadcasts like every other political party? Above all, why do the police continue to protect Nazi demonstrations? Why have hundreds been arrested for trying to stop the Nazis from marching and putting out their disgusting propaganda in recent years?
The Nazis deserve only one thing-to be driven from every workplace and community across the country. Black and white, gay and straight, trade unionists and community activists united can do it.
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