November 13, 2006

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BNP thugs plotted to befriend family of tragic Kriss to fuel race hate on Scotland's streets

The BNP slimeball who tried to exploit the grief of tragic Kriss Donald's family can be exposed today.

Businessman Walter Hamilton, 45, set out to befriend relatives of the murdered schoolboy after his racist killing in March 2004. The far-Right extremist wanted to drum up support by inflaming racial tensions in the aftermath of the tragedy. Hamilton befriended 15-year-old Kriss' sister Samantha but the former carpet layer's bid to exploit the family's pain was quickly rejected by the Donalds.

Kriss' mother Angela has won widespread praise for her dignified refusal to raise race issues after her son was savagely murdered by an Asian gang hunting any white victim.

Yesterday, a friend of Samantha said: "Hammy befriended her as she went out with a guy whose mum is in the BNP. Hammy wanted to know all the gossip about what was going on with Kriss' family and what was happening in Pollokshields."

The BNP were condemned in the weeks after the killing after local organisers asked leader Nick Griffin to visit Glasgow. They were later forced to drop references to the murder in a TV political broadcast.

Hamilton had already been rejected by voters after standing against MP Mohammed Sarwar in last year's general election. Sarwar, who secured the return of three of Kriss' killers after they fled to Pakistan, refused to share a stage with Hamilton.

The pint-sized racist claims to be a wealthy property develolper and is a former director of Hamilton Accies football club. He usually attends home games with business associate Colin McGowan, 51, who is a director of HAFC Stadium Ltd. Until recently McGowan and Alex Short, 49, owned Raith Rovers. Months after their 1999 takeover of Rovers, the Sunday Mail revealed that gangster Frankie 'Donuts' Donaldson had also become a director. The club later claimed he had not invested cash. Last week three men were jailed for life for the racially aggravated murder of Kriss.

Imran 'Baldy' Shahid, 29' his brother Zeeshan Shahid, and Mohammed Mushtaq were convicted after a 27-day trial. Prison sources at Glasgow's Barlinnie jail last night claimed gang leader Baldy had rejected officers' attempts to place him in solitary for his own protection.

One source: "He's heard the stories about guys being out to get him but couldn't care less. "He's capable and fancies himself able to handle anything. The big fear is that somebody has a go and it turns into a race thing between white and Asian prisoners."

Stop the BNP

Statement against violent attack by BNP supporters in Morley

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Statement against violent attack by BNP supporters on anti fascists leafleting in Morley

Groups of anti-racist and anti-fascists including members of the clergy, trade unionists and local citizens were attacked on Saturday 4th November by organised groups of BNP supporters. The anti-fascists were delivering leaflets warning people of the dangers of the BNP. The leaflets alerted other people in the community of Morley of the true fascist nature of the BNP. In May 2006 a BNP member was elected as a councillor in Morley with only 12.85% of the vote. The overwhelming majority chose not to vote for them.

It is a citizen’s democratic right to make peaceful comment about a political party. The BNP supporters involved in this organised attack don't agree with democracy and want to intimidate anyone that disagrees with them. Unite Against Fascism has leafleted around Morley many times before and had a warm response from other people in Morley.

We won't be intimidated by their fascist ideas or their thugs that attack people. Unite Against Fascism supporters will continue to leaflet in Morley, and in other areas where the BNP try to divide communities and to hide their true nature as fascists.

Signed by:

Linda Riordan MP
Mike Wood MP
Ed Balls MP
Glyn Ford MEP
Tony Woodley - General Secretary TGWU
Billy Hayes - General Secretary CWU
Paul Mackney - Joint General Secretary UCU
Mark Serwotka - General Secretary PCS
Matt Wrack General Secretary FBU
John Hannett, General Secretary Usdaw
Adrian Askew - General Secretary CONNECT
Dr Abdul Bari - Secretary General Muslim Council of Britain
Gemma Tumelty - President NUS
Henry Guterman - MBE Refugee from Nazi oppression
Sabby Dhalu - Joint Secretary UAF
Weyman Bennett - Joint Secretary UAF
John Campbell Yorkshire & Humberside UAF Chair
Sam Kirk - Chair Leeds UAF and Yorkshire & Humberside UAF Joint Organiser
Paul Scarrot - Yorkshire & Humberside UAF Joint Organiser
Pav Akhtar - UNISON National Race Equality Officer
Siobhan Endean - Head of equality Amicus
Roger Kline - Head of equality and employment rights UCU
Sue Bond - National Deputy President PCS
Derek Johnson - Yorkshire and Humber UCATT Regional Secretary
Paul Clays - CWU NE Regional Secretary
Ruqayyah Collector -Black Students Officer NUS
Lee Jasper - Secretary National Assembly Against Racism
Lee Billingham - Love Music Hate Racism
Zita Holbourne, PCS National Executive Committee, TUC Race Relations Committee
Sean Cahill, Yorkshire and the Humber FBU Regional Secretary
Tansy Feltis - London and South-East Regional Committee Chair PCS
Niaz Faiz - Chair, DEFRA PCS Race Equality Forum (personal capacity).
Surjeet Panwar - LRDG Finance PCS
Veronica King - Vice- President (Welfare) NUS
Joe Rukin - National Treasurer NUS
Ellie Russell - Vice-President (Further Education)
Eni Bankole - PCS Branch Organiser at Communities Scotland, Edinburgh
Rose Grant - Assistant Secretary DEFRA PCS Race Equality Forum
Stephen Brown - National Secretary NUS
Wes Streeting - Vice-President (Education) NUS

Just a test...

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Only a test post - just to see what they look like when they're on screen.