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General A tribute to those who stood up to the extreme right.

Discussion in 'Hard Talk' started by JeevanS, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. JeevanS

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    Aug 19, 2005
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    A tribute to those who stood up to the extreme right. :wah:

    The Clash, X-Ray Spex, Steel Pulse, The Tom Robinson Band, Asian Dub
    Foundation, Billy Bragg what do these past and present bands have in common?
    They are just some of the bands that have supported an anti-racist agenda
    and have not been afraid to raise their heads above the parapet.

    Do you remember what Britain was like in the 70s and early 80s when the
    National Front was gaining in popularity? The extreme right seemed to be
    lurking around every street corner and in dark alleys waiting to pick on the
    minorities and woe be tide to you if you had a turban on, or wore the
    traditional salwar-kameez. With your distinct headgear, national dress you
    could be spotted in the West End of London from the East End of London.

    Still the decent people of Britain stood up to the NF but look what happened
    to one of them? Remember Blair Peach? For those who are too young or are not
    aware of the race issues of Britain, Blair Peach, was a white schoolteacher
    born in New Zealand, murdered on the streets of Southall on April 23rd 1979
    during a demonstration for the Anti-Nazi League against the NF. The Police
    the maintainers of law and order were the prime suspects in this crime.
    Sadly to this day no one has been brought to justice over the his murder.

    Things had to get a lot worse before it got better. On July 3rd 1981, the
    Sikhs fought back and took the law in to their own hands on an unprecedented
    scale. Carnage and devastation took place in the new Sikh heartland of
    Southall. The Sikhs were trying to stop a gathering of the NF in a local pub
    the Hamborough Tavern off the Broadway. An Asian woman was assaulted earlier
    on in the day; this was the spark for the civil unrest that followed. The
    meeting did not take place that night; the pub was razed to the ground.
    Petrol bombs, bricks, stones, anything that could be hurled was thrown that
    night aimed first primarily at the Tavern where members suspected of the
    extreme right had gathered and then the Police who had to bring law and
    order back on to the streets.

    During the summer of 1981 across the major cities and towns of Britain riots
    took place that this nation had never witnessed. I sincerely hope that that
    the economic and social conditions of this country will never be as harsh to
    trigger off such similar events.

    This is my thanks to the decent people of Britain, from those in the public
    eyes like rock bands to the ordinary citizen of Britain, thanks for sticking
    up for us. With your help let us consign the extreme right of Britain to a
    footnote in history. This is even more important now with the local
    government elections in May and the BNP fielding more candidates than ever

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