CHESTER’S ethnic minority community is concerned after being made aware the far-right British National Party is becoming politically active in the area.
The Chronicle has received a letter from the BNP which claims the established parties are seeking to “drown our neighbourhoods and dilute our successful culture with immigrants”.
The letter, which says the BNP wants to upset the status quo in the forthcoming European and general elections, states that the party aims to be in power in Chester within 10 years.
Mainstream political parties are aware the group has been carrying out mass leafleting in Blacon.
Abdun Noor, chairman of the Chester Asian Council, said: “They try and raise tensions and give people false information. If something like that is happening in Chester then we are a little bit worried.”
But he added: “Chester people understand what is going on and the vast majority are good people. They understand the contribution black and minority ethnic people make.”
In 2004, the BNP created a row ahead of that year’s European elections after its members leafleted members of the audience at the former Chester Odeon cinema who had just watched the final episode in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The BNP claimed Return of the King’s good-versus-evil plot was really about the need to fight against threats to “our way of life”. Cheshire Racial Equality Council condemned the BNP’s actions.
As a registered charity, the Chester Asian Council strives to raise the profile of Cheshire’s multi-ethnic communities and work with partnership agencies to help make Cheshire a better place for all its residents.
Former Beirut hostage Terry Waite CBE is to speak at the council’s annual event Celebration of Cultural and Religious Diversity at the University of Chester on December 10, which new Cheshire Chief Constable David Whatton will also attend.
This year the event coincides with the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The declaration declares that “all human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms”.
Other speakers include Mr Noor, the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Rev Dr Peter Forster and Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice Chancellor of the University of Chester. If anyone would like to attend the annual event they need to call 01244 343570 to reserve a place.