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Protest against the racist EDL in Dudley this Saturday

by Mark L Thomas
Issue No. 2210

Hundreds of anti-fascist protesters joined a demonstration against the EDL in Dudley in April, called by Unite Against Fascism and Dudley trades council  (Pic: Mark Krantz)

Hundreds of anti-fascist protesters joined a demonstration against the EDL in Dudley in April, called by Unite Against Fascism and Dudley trades council (Pic: Mark Krantz)


Anti-fascists are organising a protest against the English Defence League (EDL) in Dudley this Saturday.

The EDL aims to stir up anti-Muslim racism and has already held two protests in Dudley this year.

The first EDL demonstration in April against a proposed new mosque—which is now not going ahead—saw EDL supporters turn violent.

EDL supporters attempted to go on the rampage against Muslims and anti-Nazi protesters.

Some days later, a handful of EDL supporters staged an occupation of the site for the proposed mosque.

Hundreds of local people drove the racists out of town.

Activists report that opposition to the EDL has grown since their first protest.

A meeting last week to organise the protest against the EDL was attended by trade unionists, representatives of the local mosque, the Hindu community, the Labour Party and others.

The tone of the local council and the press is also hostile to the racists.

Dudley isn’t the only place the EDL is targeting.

It is planning to hold a demonstration in Bradford on Saturday 28 August.

They are describing this as “the Big One”.

Activists across the region have begun mobilising for a counter-protest to stop the EDL in Bradford.


An EDL supporter has been convicted for putting a pig’s head on the wall of Dudley central mosque on 29 May. Police say Kevin Smith was on his way to an EDL demonstration in Newcastle at the time.

He was found guilty of religiously aggravated intentional harassment and given a suspended eight-week prison sentence.

UAF is jointly organising a Celebrate One Community Many Cultures event in Dudley on Saturday 17 July to show our unity against the racist English Defence League. UAF is asking supporters from across the Midlands to join the event.

Assemble from 1pm, junction of Tower Street and The Broadway (opposite Dudley Zoo). The location is in central Dudley in the shadow of the historic castle.

Coming from Birmingham? Transport to the UAF protest will leave Carrs Lane, opposite Moor Street station, Birmingham at 12 noon. Phone 07910 767 043.

For details go to www.uaf.org.uk


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