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Telford unites against 'banned' EDL protest

Issue No. 2265

More than 400 people protested against the racist EDL in Telford last Saturday  (Pic: Geoff Dexter)

More than 400 people protested against the racist EDL in Telford last Saturday (Pic: Geoff Dexter)


Over 400 people joined the Unite Against Fascism (UAF) protest against the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Telford last Saturday (left).

A group of football fans from the AFC Telford club joined the protest alongside local Asian, white and black people.

Their placards read, “Love AFC Telford Hate EDL”. Fans were furious that their football match against Luton Town was cancelled because of the EDL protest.

The football club banner reading “Bucks Against Racism” stood proudly alongside those of the local Unite, Unison, PCS and NUT unions, and the Telford and Shropshire Trades Council.

The chair of the local mosque told the rally that “Islamophobia is a blight on our society” and urged people to reject racist attempts to try and divide Telford.

UAF joint secretary Weyman Bennett called on activists to keep building against the EDL, and to join the national demonstration on 3 September in Tower Hamlets.

A number of people on the protest gave their details to UAF activists to join the transport to London for the protest.

Despite the EDL mobilising from across Britain, they only managed to attract between 250 and 300 racist and fascist thugs.


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