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Reject BNP message of hate

17 November, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún commenting on reports that the BNP is planning to send a leaflet to every household in the North as part of a election campaign to get far-right members elected to the European Parliament next year has said that the BNP feed off hatred and ignorance.

Ms de Brún said:

"There is a history of relationships between a number of the far-right groups in England and local Loyalist groupings based in the North. The politics of racism and hatred peddled by the BNP and their fellow travellers try to stir up fear and mistrust by peddling lies and misinformation.

"The best way to tackle the cancer of racism and bigotry is through honest debate about how we are different and how we are the same and about the contribution that diversity brings.

"No-one should be fooled by the lies peddled by the BNP. Our social problems have nothing to do with people from different countries coming to live here and nothing to do with the colour of someone's skin or what language they speak. Racism will do nothing to solve any of our social problems.

"The BNP has set its sights on aligning with other far-right groups in Europe through direct mailing, selling the message that 'racism cuts both ways'. But racism, from whatever quarter offers nothing constructive." ENDS

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