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Activists condemn demobilisation of anti fascist protests

Issue No. 2190

Anti fascist supporters are angry at attempts by police and local councils to stop the Asian community and young people from joining protests against the racist English Defence League (EDL).

Activists were speaking at the recent Unite Against Fascism conference in London about building a mass campaign to confronting the EDL and the Nazi British National Party (BNP).

“Police went to mosques, schools and anti fascists meetings to stop people joining the Manchester protest last year”, Mark Krantz, a local activist told the meeting. “We didn’t see them out at the football grounds telling people not to join the EDL protest!”

An activist from Stoke said that the police organised activities for Asian youth to take them away from the protest.

The Nottingham delegate spoke about how the police encouraged local Mosques to use their Eid message to stop people coming out.

“Their attitude is patronising—telling people that they are doing it for their own good”, said Mark. “We have a right to defend our communities and make them safe. We are the majority and we cannot allow them to intimidate us off our own streets” he said.

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