Unite Against Fascism – Rally and Protest against EDL
Assemble Friday 5 March 11am outside the Houses of Parliament
Speeches from 12.30 to 1.30pm
From the Unite Against Fascism Press Release:
The racist EDL is having a march on Parliament tomorrow.
Ken Livingstone, Billy Hayes and others have called for the EDL march to be banned
Unite Against Fascism has called peaceful protest against a march.
The police have surprisingly given permission for the EDL march, despite the fact that other EDL protests around the country have led to violence and disturbances – including physical attacks on police officers and locals in Stoke-on-Trent earlier this year.
London is a proud multicultural city and will not tolerate a return to the days when racists such as the National Front and the BNP could parade around threatening blacks, Asian, Muslims and others.
Ken Livingstone, chair of Unite Against Fascism, said:
“The EDL is attempting to stir up violence and unrest across the country. Its so-called ‘protest’ in Stoke-on-Trent in January was quite simply a fascist riot, where even police officers were attacked.
“London is a multicultural city and the majority of Londoners say multiculturalism is one of the best things about London. The EDL’s sole purpose is to whip up violence, hatred, racism and Islamophobia. Therefore it is not in the public interest to allow this march to proceed – and we call on the home secretary and the police to ban this march.”
Dr Muhammud Abdul Bari, secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said:
“The EDL has organised a series of anti-Muslim ‘protests’ across the country that have led to violent attacks on Muslims, other communities and even the police in some cases. The EDL must not be allowed to march through multicultural London. We call on the home secretary and the police to ban this march.”
Billy Hayes, general secretary of the Communication Workers Union, said:
“The EDL is a racist conspiracy. The home secretary should ban this march to prevent the promotion of criminal intent and violence against Muslims.”
Sabby Dhalu, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism, said:
“One of the most disturbing consequences of the election of BNP MEPs to the European parliament last year is that it has emboldened fascist organisations like the EDL to organise overtly anti-Muslim street demonstrations.
“The EDL is an embryonic fascist pogrom movement and its sole purpose is to stir up violence, racial and religious hatred. Surely the priority for the police and other authorities is to protect the majority of people in society who abhor what the EDL stand for. This march represents a clear threat to freedom, safety, security and public order and must be banned.”
Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism, said:
“The EDL are racists who give support to the Nazi BNP. We need to come together to make sure that they don’t get to whip up race hate on our streets. Let us unite to stop the Nazis and racists.”
Celebrate and defend multicultural London: UAF protest against the EDL