Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pop and Politics Unite for Rally against BNP; Trafalgar Square Set to Rock against Racism in Bid to Defeat Far Right

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pop and Politics Unite for Rally against BNP; Trafalgar Square Set to Rock against Racism in Bid to Defeat Far Right

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Byline: ROB SINGH

MOBO winner Kano is leading a host of bands in a free London concert as part of a campaign to defeat the far-Right BNP at next week's council elections.

Thousands are expected at the concert and rally in Trafalgar Square on Saturday.

Scottish band Belle And Sebastian, Mobo-winning grime star Lethal Bizzle, east London grime act Roll Deep, acclaimed indie guitar band The Paddingtons, Boy Kill Boy and the Heartless Crew will also play.

Speakers who will call on voters to reject the BNP at the polls include Donna Walker, sister of black teenager Anthony Walker, who was murdered with an axe in a racist attack in Liverpool.

Miss Walker, 29, said today: "In a so-called civilised society no one should lose their life for the colour of their skin. That is why we are calling on people to support this rally against racism and fascism."

Bend It Like Beckham and Bride And Prejudice director Gurinder Chadha, union chiefs Derek Simpson of Amicus and Keith Sonnet of Unison and MEP Glyn Ford will also address the rally. Mayor Ken Livingstone and Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain will appear in a video message urging people to use their vote against the BNP.

The day is jointly organised by Love Music Hate Racism and Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and marks the final push by antifascist groups to thwart the BNP and other far-Right parties who are fielding a record number of candidates on 4 May.

UAF, backed by Glenys Kinnock, Trevor Phillips and 50 MPs including Diane Abbott and Keith Vaz, also has a van travelling around the country this week in a mass leafleting campaign.

Weyman Bennett of UAF said: "It is vital we hand a knockout blow to the BNP.

It will be a tragedy if fascists get a foothold in London. We all should rally on Saturday and send a message to the fascist BNP that they are not welcome in London. …

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