The national demonstration against the English Defence League on 3 September will now assemble in Whitechapel.
The new assembly point is 11am, corner of Vallance Road and Whitechapel Road, London E1.
The site is very close to the East London Mosque (see map, below) where we will show unity against the EDL racists and fascists, who particularly targets Muslims.
It is crucial that we get the biggest possible turnout on the antiracist demo to show the widest possible opposition to the EDL.
The EDL has confirmed that it intends to go ahead with its planned demo in multiracial, multicultural Tower Hamlets on 3 September – the home secretary’s “ban” is only on marching and the racists now plan to hold a “static” demonstration.
EDL leader Stephen Yaxley Lennon (AKA “Tommy Robinson”) told BBC London his group would “still show up”.
We want the biggest possible turnout on the UAF/United East End demo to show that the vast majority of people don’t want the racists and fascists of the EDL in Tower Hamlets or anywhere else.
Speaking at a UAF/United East End meeting hosted by tower hamlets trade unions tonight, CWU general secretary Billy Hayes said:
I’m proud of our union’s association with UAF and we are sponsoring the event on 3 September.
We need everyone out on Saturday, as many people as we can. We’ll be out in great numbers and we’ll push back the EDL on Saturday.
The antiracist demo will include speeches and music, with artists including multitalented fusion musician and producer Nitin Sawhney, leading radio DJ Nihal, longstanding Love Music Hate Racism stalwart Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and other special guests.