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Tories called on to disown councillor for pro-apartheid article

This in from Dover & Deal Liberal Democrats:

A Conservative Councillor from Dover who earlier this year was condemned for publishing racist jokes on the internet has re-published an article suggesting Apartheid in South Africa should have been extended.

Councillor Roger Walkden copied onto the DoverForum website a story supposedly written by a Nigerian saying that prosperity evident in South Africa today is attributable to “the white man” and asks “why were the Nelson Mandelas of this world complaining?”

Liberal Democrats have called on the Conservative Party to expel Councillor Walkden.

Antony Hook, Chair of Dover & Deal Liberal Democrats, said,

“The Apartheid regime tortured and murder its opponents and violently segregated people on racial lines. The idea that it might be excused on economic grounds or any other basis is outrageous.

“Africa’s future is not between white rule and black rule but between democracy and dictatorship. To say that some dictatorships are less bad than others because of their racial composition is dangerously close to the politics of Nick Griffin and the BNP.

“David Cameron must expel Roger Walkden from the Conservative Party. Not doing so would effectively condone his pro-racist views. Liberal Democrats will make sure that every voter in our area knows that local Conservatives are soft on people who promote violent racism.”

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