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Friday, 17 December 2010

Welsh Tory and “Independent” Bridgend Councillors Want Democracy Banned

Tory and “Independent” Bridgend Councillors Want Democracy Banned

Tory and so-called “independent” councillors in Bridgend, south Wales, have joined together to try and suppress all democratic political activity in the town, reports regional organiser Brian Mahoney.
The proposed ban, reported in a local newspaper, is the councils’ response to a recent British National Party stall held in the town centre where local members gathered hundreds of signatures in support of the ‘bring our boys home’ campaign.
“Shoppers and passers-by in Bridgend queued up to sign the petition at the British National Party stall, ignoring the infantile rants of a Labour councillor who was present and who witnessed for himself the queue of people waiting to sign the petition,” Mr Mahoney said.
“Councillor Peter Foley, sitting as an Independent on the council but actually involved with the far-left, violent UAF organisation and known locally for his links to Libya, called for only ‘far-right’ groups [sic] to be banned from political activity in Bridgend town centre.
By this he clearly means the British National Party should be banned, but not the Socialist Workers Party Trotskyites who he supports.
“Conservative councillor David Unwin went further by calling for all political activity to be banned,” Mr Mahoney continued.
“It is not clear if by this he includes the South Wales Police headquarters in the town which each year promotes the political ambitions of the homosexual lobby by flying the rainbow flag each year during ‘Gay Pride’ week.
“What is clear is that Bridgend councillors seek to deny the taxpaying constituents of Bridgend their fundamental rights to freedom and democracy in their own town,” Mr Mahoney said.
“Wales BNP would therefore remind the anti-democratic councillors in Bridgend that political organisations do not require local authority consent to sell or distribute literature on the streets.
“The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Article 10 states that, and I quote, everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority regardless of frontiers.”

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