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On Saturday 9th January 1999 the Nazis of the National Front held their
third march against asylum-seekers in Dover. Despite having had barely
three days' notice, anti-fascists were able to mobilise some 60 people to
oppose the fascists' march along the seafront -- twice the number mustered
by the NF.

For their first two marches in Dover, in 1997 and 1998, the NF bussed in
members from the West Midlands and elsewhere. This time they were only able
to mobilise their London supporters. They were led by Terry Blackham, an
unemployed hod-carrier with a conviction for running guns to Ulster
Unionist paramilitaries, and Linda Miller, formerly of the British
National Party and the Ku Klux Klan.

As previously, some 300 police were drafted into Dover from as far away as
Surrey to ensure that the NF were able to march. They were equipped with
dogs, horses, riot vans, riot gear, photographers, numerous video "Evidence
Gathering Teams", a motor-launch and a spin-doctor from Kent Police
headquarters to deal with the media. Anti-fascists were systematically
stopped, searched, photographed, videod and asked for their names and
addresses. Some anti-fascists were approached by police who said "we know
who you are" and identified them by name (although not always correctly).

At one point the Chief Constable of Kent, David Phillips, sauntered along
the seafront trying to look inconspicuous; presumably he was personally
directing the whole operation. The police refused to disclose how much they
spent on the exercise, but if the previous two NF marches are anything to
go by it was in the region of 40,000.

Despite the overwhelming police presence, thanks to the efforts of the
anti-fascists it took the NF more than three quarters of an hour to march
the half-mile from the Eastern Docks to the Western Docks.

There were only three arrests during the day. Two were arrested for alleged
public order offences and another person was arrested because there was a
warrant out for his arrest in connection with something completely
different (Hunt Sabotage activities). This means that since November 1997
there have been 34 arrests of anti-fascists in Dover; so far the police
have not had one successful conviction.

The NF say that they intend to keep holding marches in Dover every few
months. Local anti-fascists will keep on trying to stop them.

Subject:          NF Transport to Dover


We've now managed to establish which firm the NF used for their
transport to Dover on Saturday 9/1/1999. The fascists came in
three minibuses on which the hire-company logo had been covered
up; however, it was still possible to see that the company was S
& B Car Hire Ltd ("Making Car Hire Simple").

S & B is a Kent firm with branches in Chatham, Sittingbourne,
Ashford, Maidstone, Canterbury, Dover and Tunbridge Wells. It
seems probable that the NF came down to Kent in several smaller
groups from various parts of London and then transferred to
minibuses somewhere down here, presumably so that the police had
a single convoy that they could easily escort into town and back
out again. (It may even be that Kent Police helped out by
arranging the booking for the NF.)

Anti-fascists are urged to contact S & B Car Hire Ltd to ask
them politely not to help the NF come to Dover to stir up racist
hatred and violence. The firm's details are below. (It would be
useful if anyone who does contact S & B could let us know what
response they get.)


Information and enquiries:
Tel: 01634 408300
Fax: 01634 408900

Emergency hire:
Tel: 01634 262656

57-59 Luton High Street, Chatham, Kent ME4 4EE
Tel: 01634 844600
Fax: 01634 408900

Fountain Street, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3EE
Tel: 01795 430111
Fax: 01795 430011

Unit 2/3, Hanover Close, Cobbswood Industrial Estate, Ashford,
Kent TN23 1EJ Tel: 01233 666166 Fax: 01233 666167

Unit F, Hart Street, Maidstone, Kent ME16 8RF
Tel: 01622 664001
Fax: 01622 664002

Station Road East, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2RB
Tel: 01227 781180
Fax: 01227 786880

(Rear of Thompson Ford Dealer)
Cherry Tree Avenue, Dover, Kent CT16 2NJ
Tel: 01304 204913
Fax: 01304 204921

(Rear of Tyreweb)
142 Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2ED
Tel: 01892 532122
Fax: 01892 538778

Send messages of support, donations and offers of help to: Dover
Against Racism c/o Refugee Link, PO Box 417, Folkestone, Kent CT19 4GT

The campaign against the National Front in Dover has a homepage at

For more details contact Craig Hudson: 

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