Nick Griffin ambushed by Peter Tatchell
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Uploaded on Jul 22, 2010
Peter Tatchell confronts BNP leader Nick Griffin, calls him "gutless coward"
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'Nick Griffin ambushed by Peter Tatchell
BNP leader runs away when challenged
Refuses to apologise for BNP's anti-Semitism, homophobia & attacks on Muslims
London -- 22 July 2010
The far right BNP leader Nick Griffin was ambushed at his press conference and photo call at Millbank Studios in London this afternoon by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
Mr Tatchell sneaked between the photographers pack and strode right up to Mr Griffin as he was showing off his Buckingham Palace Garden Party invitation, which was withdrawn by the Queen earlier today.
"As soon as he saw me he had a look of horror on his face," said Mr Tatchell.
"I asked Griffin: 'Isn't it about time you apologised to the British people for your party's long history of anti-Semitism, homophobia and attacks on the Muslim community?'"
"Griffin looked sheepish. He seemed stumped for an answer. I asked him again. Then he just ran off. What a coward.
"Griffin's minders shoved me down the stairs. It's proof that the BNP doesn't believe in free speech or in the public asking their leader awkward questions. It shows the kind of autocratic society the BNP would impose if they ever won power.
"For many years, the BNP has preached a totalitarian ideology of anti-Jewish, anti-black, anti-gay and anti-Muslim hatred. The party has a long and strident hatred of non-white immigrants and asylum seekers. It's racist views are an affront to democratic values.
"Behind Nick Griffin's silky words and smiles lurk his party's neo-fascist roots. The BNP is a threat to human rights and social solidarity," said Mr Tatchell.'
"Hi Nick, isn't it time you apologised to the British people for your party's long history of anti-semitism, homophobia and attacks on the Muslim community... this is the BNP in action!
Just look at them, look at them... you're a thug... why don't you apologise for your anti-semitism, homophobia and attacks on the Muslim community? The British people are owed an apology Nick!
Why don't you apologise you gutless coward? You attack the vulnerable and you won't even face the accuser!
That's what Nick Griffin and the BNP stand for. It's a party of hatred and a party that will not tolerate anybody who questions that hatred.
You saw Nick Griffin, I asked him a question, he ran away. He's a gutless coward."
See BBC footage of the ambush and a full transcript here:
More on Peter Tatchell here: http://www.petertatchell.net
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