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TWO Welsh European election candidates confirmed yesterday they will refuse to take part in a debate with fascist party leaders.
NO2EU - Yes to Workers’ Rights lead candidate Rob Griffiths and Welsh Green Party leader Pippa Bartolotti pulled out of a BBC Radio Wales debate in order to avoid sharing a platform with BNP and Britain First representatives.
Mr Griffiths and Ms Bartolotti will instead join a Unite Against Fascism demonstration outside the studios on Wednesday.
“I will not take part in any event which normalises fascism and treats its ideas as a legitimate part of the political spectrum”, said Mr Griffiths.
He added that it is a “tragedy” that British government and EU politics are creating “new breeding grounds for fascism” from France to the Ukraine 69 years after they were defeated in World War II.
Mr Griffiths’s stand comes after Britain’s First offensive party election broadcast (PEB) was aired on BBC Wales and ITV on Friday evening.
It included the slogan “Remember Lee Rigby” that the Electoral Commission has allowed to stand and will appear on ballot papers on May 22 and repeatedly stated “Enoch Powell was right.”
Almost 100 members of the public have already contacted the BBC to complain about the fascist propaganda since it was aired.
A BBC spokesman said: "Political parties are responsible for the content of their own PEBs and make them at their own expense.
“PEBs are required to observe the law and relevant broadcasting guidelines and regulations but, apart from that, the broadcasters have no say in their content."
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