The fascist English Defence League (EDL) has announced plans to demonstrate in East London on Saturday 7 September.
They have attempted to march in Tower Hamlets three times before. On each occasion trade unions, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, other faith, LGBT communities, local elected politicians and many more stood together and prevented them from entering the borough. Now more than ever it is crucial we stand together again. The EDL is trying to stir up racial hatred following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in May, we must not let them.
Wherever the EDL go attacks on Muslims and other communities occur. In June, a Muswell Hill mosque and community centre was burnt to the ground and ‘EDL’ was found painted on the walls.
In July, three mosques in the West Midlands were subjected to bomb attacks shortly before the fascists mobilised several hundred in Birmingham. We want to show that the EDL and their fascist ideas are not welcome in Tower Hamlets or any other part of London. We need a vibrant demonstration of multi-cultural East London.
Unite Against Fascism and United East End are urging all antiracists and antifascists to join a demonstration opposing the EDL on Saturday 7 September 2013. We must stop these racist street thugs from dividing our communities.
EDL not welcome in Tower Hamlets – Don’t let the racists divide us
Saturday 7 September
Altab Ali Park, Whitechapel Road, London E1.
Called by Unite Against Fascism
United East End (UEE),
Trades Union Congress (TUC),
National Union of Teachers (NUT),
Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS),
Unite the Union,
Communication Workers Union (CWU),
National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASWUT),
University and College Union (UCU),
National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT),
Tower Hamlets Unison,
Tower Hamlets UCU,
East London Mosque and the London Muslim Centre,
Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE),
Tower Hamlets Labour Party,
Green Party Trade Union Group,
Love Music Hate Racism.
(If you would like to add your organisation/branch to this list please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Download the leaflet here.