The planned march of the racist English Defence League (EDL) in
EDL founders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll were also arrested as they attempted to enter Tower Hamlets.
Unite Against Fascism (UAF) called a counter demonstration to the EDL’s plans to march from Hyde Park to
Some 250 anti-fascists assembled at Speakers Corner in
Nazeem from east
“People say to me, you shouldn’t get involved with anti-fascism, you’ll be labelled as a terrorist and I say to them, ‘I don’t care’.”
When it became clear that the EDL were off the streets of central
“In France Nazis have mass mobilisations against gay rights. That’s why we should go and join Pride. The Nazis did not pass. This is our
Around a hundred anti-fascists staged a victory march down
Some shoppers cheered and joined the march. When the anti-fascists reached Pride cheers went up from those on the procession.
The EDL had planned to march from
UAF organised a unity in the community rally with United East End outside the London Muslim Centre in Tower Hamlets. Members of faith groups and trade unionists joined the rally.
A fight broke out amongst the EDL and Robinson and Carroll were then arrested for breaking the agreed march route from Hyde Park to
After the rally in
Local resident Zamzan spoke to Socialist Worker, she said: “People need to stand up to the EDL, to show them that we're coming together as a community and we won't stand for them.
“We're all together and we all belong here, no matter what race we are”.