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Fascists flop in Leeds

by Mike McGrath
Issue No. 2352

Protesters defy the EDL thugs in Moortown, Leeds

Protesters defy the EDL thugs in Moortown, Leeds (Pic: Caroline Bayer)


Around 250 trade unionists, socialists and activists rallied in Moortown, Leeds, last Saturday to protest against the racist English Defence League. The protest was called by Unite Against Fascism (UAF).

The EDL has tried to stir up tensions on an estate by opposing a plan to convert a derelict pub into a community centre with Muslim prayer facilities.

Many came up from the May Day march in Leeds City Centre in a fleet of taxis to join the anti-racists in Moortown. Speakers from the NUT, UCU, Unite, FBU and PCS unions joined the rally, as did members of the “English Disco Lovers”.

A local teacher got the biggest cheer when he said, “We’ll never allow them to come into our communities and break the diversity that we enjoy. We will hound them wherever they go”. 

After the rally we marched to the derelict pub. Fighting broke out among the EDL supporters, probably unhappy that their turnout was so small.

Leeds Unite Against Fascism is set to hold a meeting with Daniel Trilling, author of Bloody Nasty People, on Monday of next week at 7pm, Broadcasting Place, Leeds Metropolitan University, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9EN 

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Tue 7 May 2013, 18:58 BST
Issue No. 2352
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