Protests greet Oxford Holocaust denier

Nov. 26, 2007 at 10:26 AM

OXFORD, England, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Oxford University's scheduled debate between a convicted Holocaust denier and an ultra-right politician drew hundreds of protesters in England Monday.

Busloads of protesters headed for the Oxford campus for the evening debate involving David Irving and British National Party leader Nick Griffin, The Guardian reported.

Irving was jailed in Austria for his Holocaust denials and Griffin's party is anti-immigration, anti-Muslim.

University unions President Luke Tryl, denied claims the forum was simply about garnering publicity.

"I find the views of the BNP and David Irving awful and abhorrent but my members agreed that the best way to beat extremism is through debate," he said.

Oxford Member of Parliament Evan Harris, a Liberal Democrat, also a part of the debate, said protests weren't an effective way to deal with the controversy, the Oxford Mail reported.

"I don't want a bunch of students telling other students or my constituents or me who I can talk to within the law because that way lies effective despotism," Harris said.

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