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Activists call for unity in the struggle against racist EDL

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2358

Unity against the EDL

Unity against the EDL (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) held meetings in London and Cambridge last week after recent successful mobilisations against the English Defence League (EDL).

Over 100 met in Muswell Hill, north London, where the letters “EDL” had been scrawled on the wall of a burned out Muslim community centre two weeks ago.

Abubakar Ali, chair of the centre, said children were scared to sleep in their beds since the racist attack. 

But he said, “When I see all the people by my side, I see we have family and friends here.”

Around 60 people met in South London on the same night.

Zita Holbourne from Black Activists Rising Against Cuts called for a minute’s silence in memory of Clément Méric. 

Fascists killed Clément, an anti-fascist activist in Paris last week.

Clément’s university, Sciences Po, sent a message of solidarity to the meeting.

In Cambridge, EDL members tried to disrupt a 50-strong UAF meeting but were blocked from entering. 

Mizra Baig, vice chair of the Muslim council said, “The EDL need to know that if they come back to Cambridge a million times then we will march to stop them a million times.”

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