Friday 11 June 2010

Unity demo goes ahead as EDL drops East London invasion

The English Defence League – a racist group with links to the British National Party and other fascist organisations – has announced that it has abandoned plans to spread race hate in Tower Hamlets, east London, on Sunday 20 June.

But the antiracist demonstration called by UAF and United East End on 20 June will still go ahead – we need to stay vigilant and show that the EDL racists are not welcome in Tower Hamlets or anywhere else. A big, united demo will hammer that message home.

Demo details

The demonstration assembles: 12.30pm, Stepney Green Park, London E1 – marching to Altab Ali Park.
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Keep the streets free of fascists and racists!

The fact that the EDL has backed away is a testament to the size, breadth and unity of the east London mobilisation against them. A host of community organisations, trade unions and anti-racist campaigners have come together in the past few days to help build a massive and united demonstration against the EDL on 20 June.

But we must not be complacent. The EDL will continue to whip up its thugs into a frenzy of hate directed against Muslims and ethnic minorities in Tower Hamlets and across the country. Our United East End demonstration will go ahead to celebrate our diversity and ensure that our streets are kept free of racists and fascists.

Rally details

A rally against the EDL, Islamophobia and racism takes place this Sunday 13 June at the London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JX.

Speakers include Rev Alan Green Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum, Cllr Lutfur Rahman, John Biggs London Assembly member for City & East, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari Muslim Council of Britain, Musleh Faradhi Islamic Forum Europe, Sabby Dhalu joint secretary UAF and Weyman Bennett joint secretary UAF.

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UAF’s Sabby Dhalu said:

The lesson is clear – unity works. By bringing together people from all east London’s diverse community around a simple message of no to racism and fascism, we have pushed the EDL onto the back foot and made them drop their plans to whip up hatred and division in our neighbourhoods. Our diversity is our strength – and we need more of this unity to see off the EDL for good.

Weyman Bennett added:

It looks like the EDL leadership has realised it has bitten off more than it can chew. The East End of London is home to some of Britain’s largest Muslim populations and also has a proud history of fighting fascists stretching back to the 1930s. We have a clear message for the EDL – your thugs are not welcome here or anywhere, on 20 June or any other date. The only place for your race hate is the dustbin of history.

Pic: thanks to Scott

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