Posted by: maryportagainstracism | May 11, 2009

BNP members clash with RMT members in Carlisle

According to the RMT:

Members of RMT (national rail, maritime and transport workers union) clashed on saturday with members of the BNP in Carlisle as they were out campaigning for for RMT-backed No2EU-Yes to Democracy left-wing coalition which is contesting seats across the UK in next months Euro elections.

.Police were called after the BNP reacted with hostility to No2EU campaigners handing out leaflets in close proximity to the regular BNP street stall in Carlisle. In an hour long standoff RMT/No2EU campaigners refused to be moved on by the BNP.

Shoppers told the No2 EU campaigners that they were delighted that at last someone had had the courage to stand up to the BNP on the streets of Carlisle.

ASLEF activist and No2EU candidate John Metcalfe said:

“The BNP have been leafletting Carlisle City Centre for months and obviously didn’t take kindly to being exposed for the fascists that they are by our campaign. They were openly agressive and hostile and it didn’t take long before the mask slipped and they started shouting fascist slogans.”

Craig Johnston, from RMT Executive and another member of the No2EU slate, added:

“I have lived and worked in and loved the city of Carlisle for 45 years. No one is going to intimidate and harass me off the streets of my home town.”

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary and convenor of No2EU, said:

“RMT members and No2EU supporters will not bow to intimidation from the BNP in Carlisle or anywhere else in the country. What today’s incident proves is that the BNP are worried about the socialist message of No2EU and it’s appeal to voters who are sick of the political elite in the UK and in the EU. No2EU is the only left-wing group challenging the BNP on the streets for the votes of the angry and the disaffected on June 4th. We will be stepping up our campaign in the coming weeks and offering voters a socialist alternative to the poison and hatred of the far right.”

This would seem to be part of a general trend in Cumbria as the BNP grow more confident on the streets. In the Kells and Sandwith by-election BNP members/supporters tried to intimidate people from Whitehaven Against Racism who were leafleting the estate.

Expect more of this sort of thing as the elections get nearer.



  1. and i would retract this story asap as craig johnstone only got off with not getting arrested for racial hatred as we declined to go to the police station ….get your facts right instead of spinning more lies about something you know nothing about

  2. It’s a press release from the RMT, I’d trust that before some anonymouse commenter on a website saying it’s not true.

  3. i got that off the police officers that were in attendance so trust who the fuck you like little boy

  4. The BNP should put you in charge of public relations Mike.

    I don’t think you can claim about anyone ‘lying’ since you have posted on this site that local antiracist campaigners have been imprisoned for ‘crimes against children’.

    You’re probably just some silly kid. Run along now!

  5. oh u want to meet me then give me your address little boy and you will see exactly what i am like ! itell you what jonathon wood i will get your address off my friend in the police that gave me your info and that gave me the real truth about saturday when we were in the stag on saturday nite

  6. BNP should put you in charge of public relations Mike.

  7. nice pic tosspot check u and ur cronies out

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