From Hope Not Hate:
The Home Secretary has just announced that the anti-Islam march in Luton will not be taking place. In fact, as a precautionary measure, all marches have been banned in the town for the next three months.
This is a massive victory for everyone who joined our protest yesterday. Over 14,000 letters were sent urging a ban and our voices have been heard. Thanks to everyone who sent off a letter. We have won and Luton is a safer place because of it. This is just further proof of what we can achieve when we get organised.
This is encouraging because it’s obvious these events create conditions where both sides are itching for a ruckus – the EDL and Unite Against Fascism. On Sunday, 23rd August a public meeting has been called in Birmingham to discuss all this:
We need to discuss, debate and encourage a peaceful form of activity against any Fascist elements, including encouraging young people to stay away from the City Centre as agreed by the Muslim Issues Steering Group.
As I’ve said before – the UAF and these activists need to ensure their demos are not overrun by gangs of youths looking for a fight or to beat up skinheads. From a media perspective that is highly counter-productive. Also, it looks to me like these activists are trying to build a broad coalition without actually speaking to any Sikh groups within Birmingham or even consulting on them. That betrays a very narrow focus on Muslim concerns – which will ultimately only harm any coalition looking to draw support from a wide range of people.
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