Last weekend saw the British National Party (BNP) return to the village of Denby, Derbyshire. For the third year in a row, the fascist party were holding their annual Red, White and Blue "festival" in the village, on land owned by party member and former Tory councillor Alan Warner. Anti-fascists protested outside the site. The BNP's recent successes in the European Elections appear to have strengthened the demonstrators' resolve with reports indicating that 1,000-1,500 anti-fascists mobilised against the event.
Last year the event was protested by several hundred activists in the nearby village of Codnor, while a smaller group of antifascists attempted to block access to the site. The campaign against the festival has continued throughout the year with Warner (1 and 2) and event organiser, David Shapcott, having been "visited" by anti-fascists. Warner appears to have decided that enough is enough and told the Derbyshire Evening Telegraph earlier this year that he was looking to move.
Photos: Demonstration against the BNP Event in Codnor 1 | Demonstration against the BNP Event in Codnor 2 | Protest against the BNP Event in Codnor, Derbyshire : Police Action | Demonstration against the BNP Event in Derbyshire: Surveillance Operations | AirRobots Drone deployed at Demo against the BNP Event in Derbyshire | The 'welcoming Gate Crew' BNP Event at Codnor, Derbyshire | Report of anti BNP protest in Codnor with 20 photos | BNP 'Red, White and Blue' festival hit by direct action | Photos from Protest against the BNP's Red White and Blue Festival 2009
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The BNP were protected by a massive police presence (<<a href="/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2009/08/436640.html">1 and 2) involving officers from five counties, including mounted police, a dog team, the Derbyshire police helicopter (which they share with Nottinghamshire) and an unmanned surveillance drone. The operation cost around £500,000 and Derbyshire Police have appealed to the Home Office to bear the cost. According to mainstream media reports, 19 people were arrested during the demonstrations (including a number for "acting unlawfully"). It is not clear these were all protesters as it has also been reported that three people were charged with racially aggravated public order offences
In the run-up to the festival, Preston Wiginton, an American white supremacist who had been invited to speak at the event, was banned from entering the UK.