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Now let’s stop the EDL in Dudley on 3 April

Issue No. 2194

On the protest in Bolton (Pic: Geoff Dexter)

On the protest in Bolton (Pic: Geoff Dexter)

The English Defence League’s next stop on its racist rampage is Dudley on Saturday 3 April. UAF is organising to stop it.

“We’ve come to show our solidarity with Bolton,” Dudley trade unionist Martin Lynch told Socialist Worker on Saturday. “Now we want everyone to come to Dudley to help us stand up to the EDL.”

The EDL is protesting against the building of a mosque in Dudley. Unite Against Fascism has called a counter‑protest.

Activists have so far leafleted local colleges and universities, mosques, churches and temples – and a football match. They are running stalls on Fridays and Saturdays.

Over 200 people have signed a unity statement saying the EDL are not welcome in Dudley.

“Sikh activists were leafleting alongside white trade unionists this week,” a UAF activist told Socialist Worker.

“A Sikh woman told us that she witnessed racist marches by the National Front in Southall years ago. She said we mustn’t be afraid of these people.”

Dave, who organised a coach from Burnley to Bolton, said, “A student who came along has already booked up five of his mates for Dudley and says more are coming.”

Lye Labour councillor Pete Lowe (speaking in a personal capacity) said, “When outsiders come to town to promote racism it’s up to all decent people to stand up and be counted. I will be in town on 3 April.”

The UAF counter-protest is on Saturday 3 April at 11am, Market Place, Dudley.

It is backed by Dudley trades council, Dudley PCS HMRC branch, Dudley NUT, Sandwell Unison general branch, Telford Unison, Wolverhampton Unison general branch, and Wolverhampton UCU.

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