Antifascist activists and local residents are mobilising to stop the English Defence League – racist thugs with links to the Nazi BNP – bringing its hatred and violence to multiracial Tower Hamlets, east London.
7pm Sunday 13 June
London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JX
**PLEASE NOTE – DETAILS OF THIS RALLY HAVE CHANGED**
Sunday 20 June
Stepney Green Park, march to Altab Ali Park, Whitechapel
The EDL is planning to demonstrate in Tower Hamlets – a multiracial, multicultural community, including many Muslims. We want to show our unity against the racism and division of the EDL.
The EDL thugs have been targeting Muslims and mosques, whipping up hatred, division and violence where they has been allowed to march. EDL supporters have paraded their violence on YouTube and have been caught on camera giving Nazi salutes during their rallies and marches.
Echoes from the past…
The march against the EDL will assemble at Altab Ali Park, named after the young Bengali man who was murdered by racists in 1978, when the Nazi National Front threatened the people of east London. It will march to Cable Street, where thousands of antifascist demonstrators stopped the “Blackshirts” of the British Union of Fascists in 1936.
For more about the EDL, read this undercover report by the Guardian, which reveals the racism and violence of the EDL – and their plans to “hit” major cities with multiracial populations over the next few months. The threat to march in Tower Hamlets is part of this plan.
Pic of Whitechapel market by Danny McL