Sick BNP camp teaches youth wing recruits to shoot and make weapons
Other activities include rifle shooting, survival techniques and map reading.Although the camps are supposedly for 13 to 18-year-olds, the website singles out a 12-year-old named Rachel for her expertise at rifle shooting. Those attending were given talks on "heritage and culture" and advice on how to "deal with Marxist teaching staff" or National Union of Teachers members. Another session included a talk to selected students on "nationalist politics".
The website says: "The youth wing can only get bigger and better, with older members already being fast-tracked into positions within the party. If a measure of our success is the young people involved did not want to go home at the end of the week, then we achieved it. Only the YBNP and big brother the BNP can secure a future for the indigenous children of this land."
Home Office minister Tony McNulty said it was disgraceful to teach children to use weapons at a time when the scourge of knife crime among the young was such a problem.
He added: "If this wasn't so serious it would be funny. I have never seen anything so irresponsible. Teaching young children to use knives and guns is reprehensible but it is what you expect from such a sick and twisted party."
Labour MP Jon Cruddas, who campaigns against the BNP, said: "It goes on about the breakdown of society and pretends to be the party of law and order. But at the same time it appears to be teaching kids how to use a knife."
A spokesman for the BNP refused to say where the camp was held or how many people attended. He also denied the party was acting irresponsibly, saying: "There is no problem with the responsible use of weapons. We have members who are ex-Armed Forces who are trained in this type of thing. Not everyone lives in the city. Some people live in the country where they need a knife for craftsmanship and games."
Echo of the Hitler Youth?
- The Hitler Youth was founded by Adolf Hitler in 1922. Its main aim was to recruit new members to the Nazi party.
- German teenage boys were sent to special camps to be indoctrinated in Nazi beliefs.
- There they did assault courses and were taught military strategy. They had to learn shooting, marching, bayonet drill, grenade throwing - and Nazi dogma.
- Recruits who excelled were rewarded with a dagger engraved with a swastika and the words Blood and Honour.
- In 1936, membership was made compulsory for all boys aged 15 to 18.
- Girls joined their own league to prepare them for motherhood.
- At its peak the Hitler Youth, a name suggested by the Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess, had four million members - current Pope Benedict XVI was among them.
- The Hitler Youth shouldered the brunt of the fighting in the final defence of Berlin.