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  • More BNP and EDL updates, including counter-demonstrations

    by Sunny
    18th June, 2010 at 9:27 am    

    This is an update from ExposeTheBNP

    1. SUNDAY: East London united against racism
    The English Defence League has called off its planned march this weekend after it realised it would be a “suicide mission” in the face of huge local opposition. Some 700 people packed out a rally in Whitechapel at the weekend, as unions, religious and community groups came together.

    “It would be a suicide mission if we walked into East London,” EDL leader Tommy Robinson told the East London Advertiser. “The Met Police told us there would be a hostile scene with thousands of protesters coming from all over if we turned up.”

    A major anti-racist demonstration will take place on Sunday to mark this victory and show unity against the fascists.
    Assemble 12.30pm, Sunday 20 June
    Stepney Green Park, London E1, marching to Altab Ali Park

    2. Justice for Bolton anti-fascists
    A campaign to win justice for anti-fascists arrested on a demonstration in Bolton was launched in the House of Commons last week, with speakers including MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Peter Hain.
    Campaigners are facing serious criminal charges after they were arrested on the March 20 demonstration against the EDL. Bolton’s newly elected MP is calling for the charges to be dropped.
    Full details:

    3. Demonstrate against the EDL at Wembley
    The EDL has announced that they plan to “protest” outside a charity event organised by the Al-Khair Foundation at Wembley Arena, north west London, on Saturday 26 June.

    The Al-Khair Foundation is a registered charity that raises aid and delivered relief to Haiti and Kashmir after the earthquakes there. The convention that the foundation is organising at Wembley aims to “remove misconceptions, false fear and hate of Islam and Muslims” and to promote dialogue between faiths. The EDL are using the convention as a pretext to target the local Muslim community in Brent, a London borough with a hugely diverse population.

    Counter demonstration against the EDL in Wembley:
    Saturday 26 June, 1.30pm to 6pm
    Outside Wembley Arena, Engineers Way, London HA9 0DH
    (Wembley Park or Wembley Central tube)

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    1. cjcjc — on 18th June, 2010 at 11:05 am  

      “The convention that the foundation is organising at Wembley aims to “remove misconceptions, false fear and hate of Islam and Muslims” and to promote dialogue between faiths.”

      Hey - and who better to do just that than their top speaker Zakir Naik, whom the Home Sec has now just banned?

    2. MaidMarian — on 18th June, 2010 at 11:20 am  

      cjcjc - You raise a fair point. Whilst it is great that the EDL are starting to run into opposition, I do slightly worry that these ‘opposed to the EDL’ protests are saying the right thing for the wrong reasons.

    3. halima — on 18th June, 2010 at 12:19 pm  

      Thanks for the update. I don’t think a major anti-racist demonstration to mark this victory and show unity against the fascists right now is the right thing. We have won a victory against the EDL coming to town, but the timing is wrong. It is still quite an explosive climate locally - and it might play into the hands of the EDL if frustrated teenagers clash with the police - always easy to spark. It just takes the smallest of incidents to escalate on the day when you have large, gatherings of this kind .

      No, it is completely the wrong action to take . It will play into the hands of the wrong people. Where are the sensible people in the council, the police, the trade unions, the mosques and the anti-racism groups?

    4. Sunny — on 18th June, 2010 at 1:17 pm  

      Is that your legendary dedication to free speech in action again cjcjc?

    5. grifone — on 18th June, 2010 at 1:27 pm  

      As opposed to your legendary dedication to free speech when you wanted Nick Griffin taken off Question Time?

    6. cjcjc — on 18th June, 2010 at 1:48 pm  

      Haha - I am saying nothing about the ban.
      I probably agree with IoC.

      It must be your legendary sense of humour that you can repost that claim about the aims of the conference when their main speaker is Naik!

    7. Sarah AB — on 18th June, 2010 at 2:10 pm  

      Yes - it seems perfectly possible to argue that he shouldn’t be banned on free speech grounds, or to achieve consistency with parallel cases, and yet think that his presence automatically undermines any campaign or conference designed to promote understanding of Islam/interfaith relations.

    8. damon — on 19th June, 2010 at 11:53 am  

      I went on a very contentious march myself last night, just to see how it was. It was a Loyalist march in Belfast, bitterly contested by Irish Nationalistis because it came close to a catholic area.

      But wise heads prevailed, and with smart policing and just a token protest from catholics, who stood quietly behind police lines with a banner which said ”Resident’s rights are being trampled” - the whole thing passed off smoothly.

      I don’t like this threatening violence ‘if they try to march down here’ approach is the wise one in the case of Tower Hamlets. As an anti-racist myself, this UAF kind of behavior really turns me off - so goodness knows what it does to local working class whites who might have a somewhat EDL kind of view of life.

      I have said before that it’s about hegomany (somewhat), and this tells people that Tower Hamlets is a place where the ”disenting white culture” (like the backward Loyalist culture in Northen Ireland) has been defeated locally ”because of immigration” (as they might see it).
      ”Where will be next?” might be their warped logic … Barking? Essex?

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