Commenting on BNP leader's planned visit to the University of Bath, Gemma Tumelty,
NUS National President said,
"We are appalled by the decision to invite the leader of the fascist BNP
to the University of Bath. We are urging the university not to let this go ahead.
Yesterday's local elections saw the BNP field 750 candidates across the Scottish
parliamentary elections, Welsh assembly, English and Scottish local elections.
The BNP share of the vote has increased more than 75-fold in the last six years.
Where the BNP is active, racist violence increases. In this climate, the decision
to invite Nick Griffin to speak at the University of Bath, is at best naive
and at worse dangerous.
NUS believes that all students, no matter what background, should be able to
study and socialise in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment, free from
incitement to violence and prejudice, hatred and fear."
Ruqayyah Collector, NUS Black Student Officer said;
"The BNP is a fascist organisation in the tradition of Hitler and the Nazis.
Nick Griffin has denied the Holocaust describing it as a hoax and the BNP calls
for an 'all-white Britain' which could only be achieved through violence. Fascism
stands for the annihilation of entire communities, the murder of millions and
the destruction of democracy, freedom of speech and human rights.
Clearly the BNP has no place on campus and the university should not allow
this meeting to go ahead. Students should not have to study in fear.
NUS is calling on all students to take part in the University and College Union
protest against the BNP and to get involved with Unite Against Fascism."
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