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O'Dowd - BNP Statement - Bizarre

21 August, 2003

Sinn Féin Representative for Upper Bann Cllr. John O'Dowd has said a statement from the BNP ordering its members not to associate with the White Nationalist Party because they are racist is 'bizarre to say the least'. Cllr. O'Dowd said:

"I have to say I was a bit shocked to hear the BNP ordering its members to stay away from the White Nationalist Party on grounds that it is racist. The reality is that the BNP is a racist party. It is trying to clean up its image at present and couch its racism in softer language but they fool nobody.

"The White Nationalist Party and the BNP are peas from the same pod and commentary from the BNP to the contrary simply does not wash. I suspect that this statement from the BNP is motivated more by inter racist rivalry than anything else." ENDS

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