Nick Griffin In Syria: BNP Leader Invited To Damascus By Bashar Al-Assad

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Brutal dictator and civil war architect, Bashar al-Assad, has enlisted the help of BNP Leader Nick Griffin to help with his image problem.

In an attempt to portray the estimated 80,000 Syrian dead, and a 1.6 million refugees and an entire country torn apart by a vicious conflict, in a more "proper" manner the President's regime has invited Griffin to take part in a "fact-finding visit".

Griffin arrived in Syria on Tuesday after crossing the border from Lebanon, ostensibly to highlight the dangers of UK support for opposition fighters.

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Griffin speaks to a local journalist

BNP spokesman Simon Darby stressed that he was not being paid by the Syrian regime and did not want his presence in the country to be seen as an endorsement of Assad.

He added: "What he wants is to let people have a proper view of what is going on in Syria, because at the moment all we have is William Hague and his infantile war-mongering.

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"He is representing the point of view of ordinary British people who don't want any engagement in the Middle East and its troubles, any more than they wanted to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq."

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Griffin has been tweeting about his trip

Griffin has tweeted regularly during his visit describing Syria as a "stable secular state", "modern, bustling" and also "a bit like Belfast in the Troubles".

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The decision to arm opposition forces in the conflict has caused controversy with many worried weapons will fall into the hands of Al Qaeda.

Griffin linked the kind of militancy espoused by some of these rebels with the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich last month.

Darby said: "He wants to ascertain just how many British citizens are fighting out there for the so-called Free Syrian Army and other elements opposed to Assad.

"He is representing the point of view of ordinary British people who don't want any engagement in the Middle East and its troubles, any more than they wanted to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq."

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