Anti-fascist campaigners are today making a final push to build tomorrow’s protest against the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Tower Hamlets, east London.
The EDL had hoped that a ban on marches in the area would disrupt anti-racist protests more than theirs. But anti-fascists have kept organising. Now the EDL can’t even find a place to assemble in London, as public pressure led pubs and other venues to tell the racists they weren’t welcome.
Unite Against Fascism (UAF) activists leafleted the East London Mosque after Friday prayers for the protest organised by UAF and United East End.
Jack, from east London, was there. “The most common thing people said was ‘We’re coming’,” he reports. “We handed out thousands of leaflets in an hour.
“It was a very positive mood, and people are very optimistic for tomorrow.
“Lots of young people told me that they were coming to protect their community. People were happy we were there.
“One man said to me, ‘I was in the British Army, why can’t the EDL accept I’m British?’.”
Campaigners from the Islamic Forum of Europe were also there to promote tomorrow’s demonstration.
Meanwhile, there could be more bad news for the EDL.
Norwegian police want to question far-right thugs in Britain over their connections to the mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.
Breivik killed 77 people, mostly teenagers, in Norway in July.
The investigation comes after police in Norway questioned Paul Ray, a founder member of the EDL. Breivik referred to Ray as his “mentor” in his hate-filled manifesto.
Ray idolises the Knights Templar crusaders, and moved to Malta—where the Templars had been based—after British police started to investigate his blog for race-hate. He likes to call himself “Lionheart”.
It is believed that he grassed up fellow far-right activists when he was questioned in Oslo.
The EDL’s sick links to Breivik show its true colours. It's another reason why everyone has to get to Tower Hamlets tomorrow to show what we think of their violent racist hate.
Assemble at the corner of Whitechapel Road and Vallance Road near the East London Mosque at 11am (Nearest tube Whitechapel).
Several London Underground lines will be closed for maintenance tomorrow. Check the Transport for London website for the latest transport details. www.tfl.gov.uk
Sign the Unite Against Fascism petition demanding our right to march on Saturday. www.uaf.org.uk