EDL - Cops ask for 30 day ban on all marches?Tagged as: alarm demo2011 dsei edl facism londonriots racism repression
Neighbourhoods: newham tottenham towerhamlets whitechapel
Following a campaign including a 25,000 petition to ask the police to request a ban on the EDL march planned through Tower Hamlets on Sat 3rd Sept, and the threat of legal action by the local mayor, it seems the met police have now asked the home secretary to ban ALL marches in the five london boroughs for a period of 30 days.
While the exact wording of the request is currently unknown, it is assumed that traditional marches and parades and funerals will be except from the ban, but other protests may be caught by it. The full details will only be known when the home secretary announces the final decision.
Many MPs and Councillors that asked for a ban on the march cited the cost of policing it as justification enough! This is certainly a dangerous road to be travelling down...
The EDL are saying they still intend to hold a static demonstration (with meet up points to 'walk' to the static location).
Unite Against Facism are urging people to still attend the counter demonstration on Sat 3rd Sept at 11am, Weavers Fields, London E2 6HW
Mass community organising has been going on over the last few months to prepare a huge local resistance to the EDL and thousands were also expected to travel from across the country to be in the streets on sept 3rd.
During the summer as some campaigned for a ban on the EDL march, other voices including Tower Hamlets ALARM were arguing against a ban.