Friday 26 August 2011

Sign now: it’s our right to march against EDL racists and fascists

Thousands of people from the East End of London and beyond will demonstrate against the racist English Defence League in Tower Hamlets on 3 September – and we believe that antiracists should also have the right to march.

The national demonstration on Saturday 3 September, called by UAF and United East End against the racists and fascists of the EDL is going ahead.

Although home secretary Theresa May has announced a ban on the EDL marching, the racists and fascists will still be allowed a “static” protest in the heart of multicultural, multiracial Tower Hamlets.

This means it is essential that we have the biggest possible antiracist protest on Saturday 3 September.

But UAF is gravely concerned that the ban announced by the home secretary is aimed at all marches – although not static demonstrations – across five London boroughs for a month.

The protest against the EDL will go ahead in any case. But we believe that antiracists should have the right to march and have launched an urgent petition, based on the statement below.

Please sign the petition, and pass on the link – – to everyone you know.

>> CLICK HERE to sign the petition

Right to march against racist EDL

We, the undersigned, welcome the banning of the racist English Defence League’s march through Tower Hamlets.

However, we believe the headlines claiming the EDL have been ‘banned’ from Tower Hamlets are misleading. The EDL will still be holding a static protest in the borough.

We are also appalled to discover that the home secretary, Theresa May, has agreed to the Metropolitan Police’s application for a blanket ban on ALL marches across five London boroughs – Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest – and the City of London for 30 days.

This is a huge attack on everyone’s civil liberties and prevents people’s rights to oppose racism.

We have the democratic right to peacefully march through Tower Hamlets on 3 September to show unity of Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Black, Asian and LGBT communities, trade unions and all those against fascism and for freedom, and to voice opposition to the EDL’s attempts to divide us.

Our legal advice says there is no law that says if one march has been banned, all marches in that area must be banned.

It is our human right to peacefully march in Tower Hamlets.

We therefore support the joint Unite Against Fascism / United East End protest on Saturday 3 September.

>> CLICK HERE to sign the petition

When you’ve signed the petition, please remember to pass on the link – – to everyone you know.

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>> Donate to our appeal to fund the demo

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