Around 350 young Asian residents came together in Altab Ali Park, east London, tonight to discuss Sunday’s unity demonstration against the racist English Defence League (EDL).
Sunday’s demonstration was called after local activists discovered that the EDL was planning a protest against a Muslim conference being held in the area.
Simon Assaf from Unite Against Fascism (UAF) was at the meeting.
“The atmosphere was fantastic – everyone is determined to build the biggest possible demonstration,” he said
People spoke about the need to show the EDL that east London is united and that they are not welcome here or in Wembley where they plan to march on the 26 June.
Many people volunteered to be stewards on the Sunday demonstration and discussed how important it is to have a strong, visible presence on the day.
Everyone agreed that while EDL members paraded in England flags, it was vital not to mistake people celebrating the world cup by flying England flags as EDL supporters or racists.
A number of people talked about defending the radical tradition of the East End in fighting fascism and racism and that it was important for people of all faiths and no faiths to come together on the day.
The demonstration assembles at 12:30 this Sunday, 20 June, at Stepney Green Park and will finish in Altab Ali park. Love Music Hate Racism have organised various bands and artists to perform on the day.