Protesting Against Nick Griffin Of The British National Party
Nick Griffin, chief of the British National Party, is coming to speak at a public event in Trinity College later this month.
A university spokeswoman confirmed that the British National Party leader is set to appear at a Philosophical Society meeting on October 20.A blog post of the BNP media officer Simon Darby says that Griffin was invited along with a "BNP delegation" for a debate titled "This House Believes Immigration Has Gone Too Far".In 1988 there were violent scenes at Trinity after the debating society invited right-wing historian and convicted Holocaust denier David Irving to speak on the campus so it is likely that the planned event will provoke widespread protest from many sectors of Irish society.
Extract from Wikipedia:Nicholas John "Nick" Griffin (born 1 March 1959) is a British politician, chairman of the British National Party (BNP) and Member of the European Parliament for North West England.Griffin was born in Barnet, and was educated at Woodbridge School in Suffolk. He joined the National Front at the age of fifteen, and became a political worker for the party following his graduation from Cambridge University. In 1980, he became a member of its governing body, and later wrote articles for several right-wing magazines. He was the National Front's candidate for the seat of Croydon North West in 1981 and 1983 before leaving in 1989. In 1995, he joined the BNP, and, in 1999, became its leader. He stood as the party's candidate in several elections, and was elected as a member of the European Parliament for North West England in the 2009 European Elections.In 1998, Griffin was convicted of distributing material likely to incite racial hatred, for which he received a suspended prison sentence. In 2005, he was acquitted of separate charges of inciting racial hatred. He has been criticised for many of his comments on political, social, ethical and religious matters, though since becoming leader of the BNP he has sought to distance himself from some of his previously-held positions, which include Holocaust denial. In recent years, where Griffin has been invited to participate in public debates or political discussions, the events have proven controversial, and have often resulted in protests and cancellations.