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Group plans to monitor far-right activity in region.

Byline: Emma Pinch

The West Midlands Anti-Nazi League is forming again in Birmingham to monitor far-right activity. The move follows April's local elections in which the British National Party put forward candidates for wards in Tipton Green and Princes End in Sandwell; Castle Priory ward in Dudley and Weoley in Birmingham, while the National Front contested Kingstanding.

A spokesman for the ANL said they aimed to prevent public complacency towards the farright parties.

'Just because people don't hear about them as much now, we mustn't forget about their presence,' said Anti-Nazi League spokesman Doug Morgan.

'They haven't disappeared, they are preparing for the next elections and hoping to make more parts of the country like Burnley.

'Recently there were leaflets distributed in Weoley Castle from one of the groups about a medical centre that had been closed down which some Iraqis had turned into a community centre. They have presented this as asylum seekers trying to steal services, trying to stir things up.

'We want to pull together as many people as possible to get involved and make others aware of their existence in society and what they are try to do.'

The Anti-Nazi league is holding its first Birmingham rally today at the Carrs Lane Church, in the city centre, with speakers including Jess Edwards from Burnley ANL; Chris Woods from the Fire Fighters union (FBU); Shaz Manir from Birmingham Stop The War Coalition; as well a speaker from the local National Union of Teachers and a refugee.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 3, 2002
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