Anyone going to confront NF in Oldham

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lala
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Oct 25 2004 11:33
Anyone going to confront NF in Oldham

Who's going down to Oldham this Wednesday to oppose the NF? I'd like to know roughly how many people will be going down.

captainmission
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Oct 25 2004 14:04

at the moment it depends whether i get confirmation that its happening or not.

knightrose
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Oct 26 2004 12:42

I have spoken to friend in Oldham United Against Racism about this. They are the independent lot in Oldham - though somewhat associated with Searchlight. As they talk to the cops, they generally know what's going on. I know that doesn't sound the greatest of endorsements for @s, but they are usually reliable.

First some background:

A few weeks ago, a young man (white) was badly beaten up on his way home, late at night. A gang of likely suspects (asian) have been arrested and are due to have their committal proceedings tomorrow at the Magistrates Court. If the NF turn up it will be to "defend white people against asian racism"!! This is the fourth high profile attack in recent years. One lad died and the guys who killed him got away with it. To be honest there is a lot of anger in the town about the issue - what the NF won't admit is that people in Glodwick are just as angry as white people.

There has been no time set for the case, but the court opens at 10 am. It's likely to be a pretty short hearing as this will certainly go to Crown Court.

The Magistrates Court is in the centre of town. It is right next to the Police Station. It is a pedestrian area and is easily controllable. I'm saying this so you know what's involved.

As yet we don't know if the NF are really going to turn up or not. It might be well to assume that they are. The cops aren't saying though.

In Oldham the police tolerate the BNP, but take a hard line with the NF who they see as being responsible for a lot of the trouble during the riots. Previous NF efforts have often ended up with them being kept away from the town centre. They then drift into pubs, get pissed and attack people.

Unfortunately, I'm going to be away - there's really nothing I can do about that.

I asked my mate in OUAR to give me a ring if he hears anything. If he does I'll post back here.

It has been suggested to me that if they do turn up, it'll be difficult to mount a decent counter-picket, but possibly a useful way to pick up some intelligence on them - like photos, car regs etc.

Hope this is all useful.

lucy82
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Oct 26 2004 16:42

thanks knightrose

if it is tomorrow morning i'll not be able to get off work to drive. if afternoon i could have swung it.

sorry, people

ps: knightrose (off topic) we haven't sorted dates for ministry of truth yet but will be in touch

lala
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Oct 26 2004 17:02

i'll definitely be going down with another lad, even if no one else is there it'll be a good for intelligence. If people are going down then we should organise a meeting point etc via pm.

knightrose
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Oct 29 2004 19:31

Just got back. What happened on Wednesday? Did the fash turn up?

lucy82
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Oct 29 2004 23:24

don't know. noone from manc went in the end as far as i know.

knightrose
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Nov 1 2004 16:15

I checked with a friend in OUAR today. It seems that none of the NF showed up.

They seem to say they are going to lots of places and never show, don't they?

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Nov 1 2004 16:38
knightrose wrote:
It seems that none of the NF showed up.

They seem to say they are going to lots of places and never show, don't they?

Indeed - although they hyped an appearance at the Stoke v Millwall game last Saturday, there London members (at least) were instead in Romford, giving out papers.