From Paul Borg, Newham Contact.
Ten activists from the London and Eastern Regions joined forces for a Day of Action in Romford market on Saturday Oct 13th.
Campaigning to bring a public enquiry into the Muslim grooming gangs and as to why it was hushed up, the activists manned a table top in Romford market Essex.
With the popular Westfield shopping centre being just a ten-minute train journey away in Stratford, east London the usually bustling market was very quiet.
However, keen and eager as always, the activists got on with the job and managed to add more than 160 signatures to the petition. Several hundred Protect Children leaflets were handed out.
Adopting a new strategy, the activists moved in amongst the shoppers instead of waiting to be approached and offered them the leaflets before asking if they would like to sign the petition.
Many others signed when they saw our placards as they passed by.
There was much anger amongst the shoppers.
They were angry about Jimmy Savile and they were angry about April Jones, “that poor little girl“, the general feeling was that people are sick and tired of how easy children are being freely abused and murdered and how the law is allowing the perpetrators of such evil crimes to get away with it.
The tide, however, seems very much to be turning in our favour. East London activist John Phillips spoke at length to a former Romford Tory councillor who vowed that his family “would be voting for the BNP in the future” before riding off on his bike with a good supply of our literature.
The good people of Romford made their voices heard again when a Tory councillor came over and dared to tell us that “we need more immigration”.
Unprintable are some of the replies he got but one lady, in her estuary accent, told him “go ’way mate, we got enuff already”
Dagenham organiser Paul Sturdy said “the response from people was very positive.
The message we got was that they have had enough and that’s why they are looking to us as a viable alternative.
“Our activists have become more aware of approaching the public rather than letting them come to us.
First impressions are very important.”
The pictures show some of our activists and eager shoppers queuing to sign our petition in Romford Market