Stickers from the fascist youth group National Action were found around campus last week.
Students alerted the Warwick Anti-Racism Society after finding the stickers in the ground floor library toilets and on lamp posts outside Tocil and the Humanities building.
The group is a small, clandestine organisation of students, committed to far-right activism and are currently recruiting white males between the age of 15 and 29.
Their previous stunts have included banner drops in Birmingham and a flash demo in Coventry against halal meat, which they contend is “not fit for human consumption”.
Their website includes a detailed program aimed at appealing to “generation hate…. desensitised, brutalised, and completely irreverent of their parents’ values”.
It berates, amongst other things, ‘cultural Marxism’, liberal politics, and so-called moderate nation- alists who don’t openly identify as racist. The articles also con- tain highly anti-Semitic senti- ments and various racial slurs.
The group’s presence on campus – whether in the form of stickers or indeed members – has ignited fears amongst the student, and especially its many ethnic minorities.
A third-year History and Spanish student who wished to remain anonymous said: “I am appalled that such a group is being allowed to advertise itself on campus, I am all for freedom of speech, however when this infringes upon the liberties and the comfort of a large section of the student body, I think it is unacceptable and offensive.”
So far no-one has been caught distributing National Action’s material and at this point there is little that the Students’ Union can do, despite evident violation of the Equal Opportunities by-law and incitement of racial hatred.
Rumours have been circulating that suggest members of the group may in fact be connected to the University; in reality the nature of the group is still shrouded in mystery.
Various students have however decided to make a stand, and a coalition of Warwick’s many liberation societies will hold an anti-fascist demo in the coming weeks.
Another student stressed the need for cooperation and counter-action.
She said: “Incidences like this make clear we need to have more of a dialogue on race and racism at Warwick. Societies need to work together to combat such negative, dangerous attitudes.
“Hopefully through a collaborative, sustained approach, we can remove this group from campus – no matter how big or small their influence might be at Warwick – and make it a safe space for ethnic-minority students.”