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Unite Against Fascism statement on home secretary's march ban

Issue No. 2266

In response to the Theresa May's decision to ban all marches in five London boroughs for 30 days from the 2 September, Unite against Fascism (UAF) and United East End (UEE) have issued the joint statement below calling for the right to march against the racists.

The statement is on the UAF website and we urge all everyone to sign and circulate to local activists and trade unionists for the maximum number of signatories.

We also call on all activists in London to come out for the last day of action to build for the 3 September this Sunday at Brick Lane.

12 noon, Sunday 28 August at the corner of Brick Lane and Bethnal Green Road. Nearest tubes: Liverpool Street, Bethnal Green, Shoreditch High St (London Overground).

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UAF and UEE joint statement

We the undersigned welcome the banning of the racist English Defence League's (EDL) march through Tower Hamlets.

However we believe the headlines claiming the EDL have been 'banned' from Tower Hamlets are misleading. The EDL will still be holding a static protest in the borough.

We are also appalled to discover that the Metropolitan Police are applying for a blanket ban on ALL marches across five London boroughs: Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest; and the City of London for 30 days.

This is a huge attack on everyone's civil liberties and prevents people's right to oppose racism.

We have the democratic right to peacefully march through Tower Hamlets on 3 September to show unity of Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Black, Asian, LGBT communities, trade unions and all those against fascism and for freedom, and to voice opposition to the EDL's attempts to divide us.

Our legal advice says there is no law that says if one march has been banned all marches in that area must be banned.

It is our human right to peacefully march in Tower Hamlets.

We therefore support the joint UAF/UEE protest on 3 September.

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