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BRITAIN: Protest at action over BNP member.

ACTIVISTS protested yesterday at a school which suspended a teacher who is an active member of the BNP.

Supporters claimed Mark Walker was the victim of a witch-hunt because of his political views.

But Sunnydale Community College in Shildon, Co Durham, insisted his suspension in March was not politically motivated.

When the suspension was originally imposed, it was alleged he misused school equipment.

It was reported that Mr Walker, a former RAF weapons technician, looked at BNP and commercial websites during work hours.

He stood in the Spennymoor ward of Sedgefield for the BNP in the May local council elections and polled 513 votes.

The demonstration on the first day of the new school year was organised by the group Civil Liberty.

Its director, Kevin Scott, was regional organiser for the BNP in the North East until last summer.

He said around 100 people joined the protest through the day.

"There should not be a witch-hunt in schools because of people's political views."

But head teacher Sue Byrne said the suspension was not politically-motivated and added that Mr Walker's supporters' claims were "false".
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