Dave Hill has a long history of fighting against facism, from being the Brighton local authority laison officer of the Anti-Nazi League to marching against the National Front to writing books on equality, to speaking at the TUC national conference of Trades Councils last year on racism and the Nazi BNP
Dave says 'stop the racists and fascists! Protest against the EDL in London this Friday 5 March- The EDL should not be allowed to march through London. Join the Unite Against Fascism protest to show these racists and fascists that they are not welcome'.
THE EDL HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF BEING PROVOCATIVE. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ATTACK INNOCENT PEOPLE AND HURL RACIST ABUSE. MANY OF THEIR SUPPORTERS AND LEADERS ARE BNP MEMBERS. DO NOT BE FOOLED.
THE WAY TO BAN FASCISTS IS THROUGH MASS ACTION PREVENTING THEM FROM MARCHING. THAT IS THE LESSON OF CABLE STREET, LEWISHAM AND HARROW.
THE UAF HAS NEVER AGREED TO STATE BANS AND SUPPORTS NO PLATFORM FOR FASCISTS. THIS CAN ONLY BE IMPLEMENTED BY MOBILISING MASS ACTION TO STOP THE FASCISTS MARCHING. THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT THE COMMUNITY FROM FASCIST ATTACKS IS TO PREVENT FASCISTS FROM MARCHING IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Assemble 11am, Friday 5 March Houses of Parliament, London
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The English Defence League (EDL) will be marching in London on Friday 5 March in support of the far right Dutch MP Geert Wilders who is visiting the House of Lords to whip up hatred against Muslims. The EDL pretends to be a 'peaceful' group opposed to 'Muslim extremism'. In reality it is nothing of the sort. It is a gang of racist thugs and hooligans with links to the Nazi BNP. EDL thugs spread fear and terror when they rampaged through Luton and Stoke recently. They smashed cars, attacked shops, chanted "BNP! BNP!" and assaulted Asians. When some locals tried to stop them they were called 'race traitors' and attacked. The EDL should not be allowed to march through London.
Join the Unite Against Fascism protest to show these racists and fascists that they are not welcome here. Meet Friday 5 March at 11am outside the Houses of Parliament.
“Celebrate and defend multicultural London”
Unite Against Fascism counter protest against the EDL
Friday 5 March, 11am, Outside Houses of Parliament
Unite Against Fascism has called a peaceful protest against the English Defence League's (EDL) march in London. EDL protests around the country have led to violence and disturbances, including physical attacks on police officers and locals in Stoke-on-Trent earlier this year. London is a proud multicultural city and will not tolerate a return to the days when racists, such as the Nazi National Front and the BNP, could parade around threatening black, Asian, Muslim communities and others.
Ken Livingstone, Unite Against Fascism Chair said:
“The EDL is attempting to stir up violence and unrest across the country. Its so called ‘protest’ in Stoke-on-Trent in January was quite simply a fascist riot, where even police officers were attacked. London is a multicultural city and the majority of Londoners say multiculturalism is one of the best things about London. The EDL’s sole purpose is to whip up violence, hatred, racism, Islamophobia. Therefore it is not in the public interest to allow this march to proceed and we call on the Home Secretary and the police to ban this march.”
Dr Muhammud Abdul Bari, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said:
"The EDL has organised a series of anti-Muslim 'protests' across the country, that have led to violent attacks on Muslims, other communities and even the police in some cases. The EDL must not be allowed to march through multicultural London. We call on the Home Secretary and the police to ban this march."
Billy Hayes, Communication Workers Union General Secretary said:
“The EDL is a racist conspiracy. The Home Secretary should ban this march, to prevent the promotion of criminal intent and violence against Muslims.”
Anas Altikriti, Spokesperson for British Muslim Initiative said:
"Geert Wilders' second visit to the UK in which he is likely to spout his racist and xenophobic rhetoric, marked by a a march called by the fascist English Defence League, is utterly disgraceful. This is not a matter of free speech or free expression, but rather of incitement. Wilders and the EDL's attacks on Islam and Muslims go virtually unchallenged due to the lack of appreciation as to how profound the real impact is on the streets of every city and town throughout the country. We are at a juncture; either we take heed of the lessons of our recent past, or we obliviously proceed towards a bleak future blighted by racism, isolationism, hatred and violence."
Sabby Dhalu, Unite Against Fascism Joint Secretary said:
“One of the most disturbing consequences of the election of BNP MEPs to the European Parliament last year, is that it has emboldened fascist organisations like the EDL to organise overtly anti-Muslim street demonstrations. The EDL is an embryonic fascist pogrom movement and its sole purpose is to stir up violence, racial and religious hatred. Surely the priority for the police and other authorities is to protect the majority of people in society who abhor what the EDL stand for. This march represents a clear threat to freedom, safety, security and public order and must be banned.”
Weyman Bennett, Unite Against Fascism Joint Secretary said:
"The EDL are racists and give support to the Nazi BNP. We need to come together to make sure that they don't get to whip up race hate on our streets. Let us unite to stop the Nazis and racists."