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'Stay away' demand to BNP leader
Kriss Donald
Kriss Donald: His body was found the day after he was abducted
Politicians and community leaders have criticised plans by the leader of the British National Party to visit Glasgow following the murder of a teenage boy.

Nick Griffin says he will go to the Pollokshields area this weekend, where Kriss Donald was abducted on Monday.

His badly beaten body was found in the east end of the city. Police say he had been seized by five Asian men but they have not yet established a motive.

First Minister Jack McConnell said Mr Griffin should stay away.

The first minister said: "It's a despicable act and he (Mr Griffin) should, in my view, change his mind and not come.

"I don't think the people of Glasgow and Scotland are going to listen to the BNP."

Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan said: "We must not let the community be divided."

Robina Qureshi, director of Positive Action in Housing, a charity for ethnic minorities, described Mr Griffin's plans as a "crude attempt" to divide Pollokshields.

Community leaders

The Muslim Association of Britain also criticised his visit, saying the BNP would be "decisively rejected" this weekend in Pollokshields.

An open letter signed by MSPs, trades unionists, community leaders and residents condemned the BNP's plans.

The BNP said the aim of the visit is to ease tensions.

A spokesman said: "There has been an escalation in racially motivated incidents in the area recently.

"We want to go and appeal for calm and for peace and harmony.

"It is not just about the murder of Kriss, we want to speak to Asians and people indigenous to the area to promote better relations."


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18 Mar 04  |  Scotland



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