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BNP leader defends Scottish visit
Nick Griffin
Nick Griffin said some residents welcomed him
The leader of the British National Party has visited the area where a teenage murder victim was abducted despite calls for him to stay away.

Nick Griffin insisted that his party was not there to stir up tensions between white and Asian residents in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow.

Kriss Donald was abducted by a gang of Asian men on Monday and his body was found on Tuesday.

Police have been trying to establish a motive for the murder.

Politicians and community leaders, including First Minister Jack McConnell and Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan, had condemned Mr Griffin's decision to visit Pollokshields, accusing him of seeking to provoke tension.

Mr Griffin, who laid a wreath at the place where the teenager was abducted, claimed that despite opposition some people welcomed him.

He said: "People in Pollokshields want to see me there - some of the local whites.

"If people don't feel that they have a political force speaking up for them then they are likely to feel tense, anger and possibly their resentment and fears could spill out into violence.

Police protest

"So I think that it's a good time even for a controversial party like the BNP to be around speaking out for local whites."

Reacting to criticism of his visit, he said: "They've used the BNP to deflect people's attention so they're not talking about the murder of a 15-year-old child any more, they're now talking about the BNP and are they here to cause trouble.

"I hope we've made it clear that we're certainly not around to cause trouble because we've done everything to avoid it."

The BNP held a protest outside the headquarters of Strathclyde Police, accusing them of not doing enough to clamp down on racist violence.

Mr Griffin said he had no plans to return to Pollokshields in the near future.


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