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Support grows for next week’s protest to stop the EDL in Dudley

by Viv Smith
Issue No. 2209

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) is organising counter-protests against the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Dudley on Saturday 17 July and in Bradford on 28 August.

The EDL wants to stir up anti-Muslim racism.

It is returning to Dudley for the third time this year. Their first protest called against plans for the building of a new mosque – which were then shelved – turned violent.

EDL supporters were arrested after breaking through police fencing in an attempt to attack the UAF counter-protest.

The EDL then returned to occupy the site for the proposed mosque. Local people drove it out of town.

Martin Lynch, a local trade unionist and convenor of Black Country UAF, told Socialist Worker. “Our last protest was successful. But we didn’t have everyone on board. The debate about whether the EDL would go away if we ignored it took hold with some people.

“But this time it is different – people not only saw how violent it was, but also that it will keep coming back unless we stand up.

“The Dudley central mosque is supporting the counter-protest which is fantastic news. We want a united protest that brings together the true face of Dudley.

“We are a multicultural city and we have to show the EDL that it does not represent the majority of people here.”

Dudley NUT has passed a motion supporting the counter-protest. Other groups are discussing backing it this week.

UAF is asking activists from across the Midlands to join the counter-protest.

EDL web forums refer to their planned Bradford demonstration as “the Big One”. Activists across the region have begun mobilising the broadest support for the UAF counter-protest on Saturday 28 August.

For details of the Dudley and Bradford protests go to

The Justice4Bolton campaign is holding a public meeting on Friday of this week. The campaign was formed to support those arrested, charged and under threat of arrest for taking part in the UAF protest in Bolton against the EDL on 20 February.

The campaign was launched in the House of Commons with MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Peter Hain.

Many activists and local people are angry at the police action against the protest.

Justice4Bolton has called the meeting is to discuss the campaign.

It takes place at 7.30pm, Friday 9 July, Quebec Hall, Quebec Street, Bolton, BL3 5JN. For more info go to

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Tue 6 Jul 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2209
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