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British National Party leader cleared of race hate...

By TheCesspit     Nov 11, 2006 in
The BNP (British National Party) leader Nick Griffin were cleared of inciting racial hatred in the UK this week. This has raised questions about freedom of expression, and the worrying rise of right-wing hate groups in the UK.
The UK government had brought in laws making incitement to racial hatred a crime in England and Wales. In a test case, Nick Griffin and a BNP party activist were cleared of inciting racial hatred, mostly on the grounds of freedom of expression. The British National Party are a right wing organisation with very limited political power across the UK, but what they lack in support they make up for in noise.
During the trial, the jury heard the parts of the speech Mr Griffin in which he described Islam as a "wicked, vicious faith" and said Muslims were turning Britain into a "multi-racial hell hole". At the same event, Mr Collett, a BNP activist, addressed the audience by saying: "Let's show these ethnics the door in 2004."
The judge made it clear it the case was not about the politics the BNP adopts, or the validity of the statements Mr Griffin and Mr Collett made, but about the ability for people to express their political views. The UK government in return responded by making a statement that they would have to tighten the laws, as it brings into question the ability to prosecute anyone under the current legislation. It also raises the spectre of a resurgent BNP, with their own brand of anti-immigration and 'rights for whites' sloganeering. Some people worry that with the lack of faith in the Conservatives to represent the working class, and Labour's unpopular moves in the war, the BNP are becoming a option in some areas of the country.
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