MEP represented at Stockholm protestDECEMBER 2010:
AT the end of November, Tony Bamber from Preston was asked by Nick Griffin MEP to represent him and the British National Party at one of Europe’s largest protests against multiculturalism which was held in Salem a suburb of the Swedish capital Stockholm.
The protest is held annually to commemorate the brutal and totally unprovoked slaying of a 17-year boy called Daniel Wretstrom by a gang of immigrants.
This is Tony's report:
"It was with a heavy heart that I listened to the details of this murder. The parallels with the murder of our own Kriss Donald were all too obvious. Like Kriss, Daniel was tortured by foreign monsters before they tossed him into a ditch to die alone and in agony.
I felt genuinely honoured to be trusted by the party to speak at such a gathering, but also a little intimidated, this would certainly be the biggest audience I had ever addressed. However, the organisers, especially the leader of the Swedish National Democrats, Marc Abramson, could not have been more helpful or kind. Indeed I was treated like a VIP - a very, very unusual state of affairs for me! - fed in restaurants, put up for the weekend in a swanky hotel and driven around like I had my own chauffeur. It was only as I got to know my hosts that I realised the reason for this most welcome treatment did not spring from their innate hospitality alone, but because of the very high regard in which the BNP and our chairman is held by our European counterparts. I had no idea that Mr Griffin is something of a hero to our European friends, who almost universally credit him as being the most successful nationalist politician in the union.
The protest began at approx 6pm on the 11th December with a silent torchlight procession through the streets, and when I say torchlight I don’t mean something from Ever-Ready. Each of us was issued with one of those wax & oil drenched sticks that burnt brightly in what was a crisp and beautifully clear winter’s evening. Fortunately, the weather was very kind to us, not only was it dry, but it was also not too cold – only minus two. Given the numbers attending – the authorities estimated 850 but it felt like thousands to me - the stewards kept excellent discipline by ensuring that the procession maintained the four abreast format - not an easy task as many of the protestors were women, children and the elderly. I ask you to imagine a very long fiery snake slowly winding its way through a town blanketed in feet of the cleanest white snow which not only looked spectacular but gave the silence of the protestors an eerie and profound quality – it felt like a Viking funeral. After about 40 minutes we reached a small but dignified shrine bedecked in candles and flowers that marked the spot were the tortured body of Daniel was left to die. Near-by a modern stage with a state of the art public address system had been erected and it was from this stage that, interspersed by music from a folk singer, delegates from different countries spoke to the crowd.
In truth I cannot imagine a more dignified, well organised and impressive protest than the one I attended in Sweden. Unfortunately, on the same night that this protest was being held a Muslim was protesting in the same city but in a very different way – the contrast spoke volumes."