BNP leader Nick Griffin has been invited to speak at Trinity college next month, leading a party delegation to take part in a debate in immigration. In response, Love Music Hate Racism are staging a fundraiser this Saturday (24th) to help protest against the decision, commenting on the visit:
“Nick Griffin is the current leader of The British National Party. A party that is built on fascism. Over the last number of years LMHR in the UK along with other organisations have fought hard against the rise of the BNP and other organisations that clearly state non-whites are not welcome, that homosexuality is wrong, that there was no holocaust and that Muslims are, in a word, evil.
There is the argument of Free Speech. Free Speech is a right and we have a right to voice our disappointment at The Philosophical Society’s invitation, and campaign for them to withdraw their invitation.And that is exactly what we intend to do, hopefully with your help. A party like this breeds hate and anger.It breeds hate towards all of the above mentioned (and more) and also angers people like you and I who believe in a society based on equality.
Barred from attending the Queen’s garden party and causing violent protests outside the BBC studios where he was attending question time, Griffin and his ”delegates” cause anger wherever they go. We believe no good can come of the BNP’s visit and that there are many other candidates in Ireland suitable to debate about immigration in Ireland than the leader of a fascist political party based in the UK.
This is not just about turning away the British National Party and it’s beliefs. It’s about sending a clear message to groups and organisations of the far right in this country, that we the people do not agree or support these views and that we are many and they are few. All across Europe we have seen the rise of extreme far right groups and it is up to us to make sure that the same does not happen here”.
Tomorrow’s gig takes place at Sweeney’s on Dame Street in Dublin and features Teekay Da Newborn & Ashman, Morgan La Faye, Control Freak, The Mistaken Dreams, Bedford, Mieow That’s What I Call Music, Rise of the Hippies, Guilty Boy Association and Worries Outernational. Entry is by donation.