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Thursday 17 January 2019

Anti-fascist protests for BNP head at Trinity

BRITISH far-right leader Nick Griffin is coming to speak at a public event in Dublin next month.

The controversial chief of the British National Party has been invited to Trinity College.

The invite issued by the university's Philosophical Society is bound to provoke widespread protests by anti-fascists.

Back in 1988 there were violent scenes at Trinity after the debating society invited right-wing historian and convicted Holocaust denier David Irving to speak on the campus.



Nerve

A university spokeswoman confirmed that the British National Party leader is set to appear at a Philosophical Society meeting on October 20.

A blog post of the BNP media officer Simon Darby says that Griffin was invited along with a "BNP delegation" for a debate titled "This House Believes Immigration Has Gone Too Far".

Mr Darby said: "Let's all hope the students in Dublin hold their nerve against the inevitable, liberal fascist onslaught against free speech."

In 2007, Griffin appeared at the Oxford Union along with Irving. Anti-fascist demonstrators held a protest outside the talk.

The Union of Jewish Students urged Trinity College to "deny the BNP a platform".



Stunts

"Trinity ought to take heed from what has happened in the past when BNP members have appeared on UK campuses," they said.

"Publicity stunts such as these tear apart student communities and contribute to a hostile environment for Jewish students on campus."

The University Philosophical Society was founded in the 17th century and former members include the writers Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde.

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