Extremist UK Party Linked to Museum Shooter

Von Brunn attended fundraisers in US for whites-only BNP
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2009 7:36 AM CDT
Nick Griffin, leader of the far-right British National Party, is aided by a bodyguard after protesters threw eggs at him, Tuesday, June 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/ John Stillwell/PA)
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(Newser) – Alleged Holocaust Museum shooter James von Brunn has links to the British National Party, the whites-only extremist bloc that won two seats in the European Parliament in last week's vote, reports the Guardian. Von Brunn attended fundraising meetings of an American affiliate of the group, although he is not believed to have made any contributions. BNP leader Nick Griffin, who has been pictured with Klansmen, and has referred to black and Asian Britons as "racial foreigners," attended at least two meetings of the US group.

The BNP released a statement saying it had no connections to von Brunn, but anti-racism campaigners angered by the party's recent victory condemned the link. "It is clear that Nick Griffin is at the center of an international network of white supremacists," said one activist. "The BNP must explain the full extent of his organization's links with this anti-Semitic gunman."