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Rotherham prepares to oppose the racist English Defence League

by Phil Turner
Issue No. 2324

A packed public meeting organised by Rotherham Unite Against Fascism on Monday called for a huge response to the racist and fascist English Defence League (EDL) in the town this Saturday.

Around 130 people attended the meeting, called at less than a week's notice. Speakers included a representative of the Rotherham Council of Mosques, a

local councillor, trade unionists and a hospital chaplain. They sent out a clear message: no to racism, no to fascism, no to the EDL.

The EDL is trying to whip up racism over the issue of sexual exploitation of young girls in the town. But they care nothing about protecting the victims of sexual violence, and are only interested in attacking Asian people and Muslims.

Pat Keenan, president of Rotherham trades council, said, “The overwhelming majority of people reject the EDL’s attempt to use racism to divide our society.

“The EDL’s attempts to spread racist myths about sexual exploitation must be exposed and challenged. They seek to blame one community for society’s problems.

“Sexual predators and paedophiles exist in all communities, as do their victims. Everyone has a responsibility and a duty to challenge such crimes and support the victims.”

Demonstrate against the EDL in Rotherham. Assemble 11am, Saturday 13 October, at All Saints Square. Protest called by UAF.

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Fri 12 Oct 2012, 13:12 BST
Issue No. 2324
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