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EDL are humiliated in Wakefield

by Sally Kincaid
Issue No. 2381

The racist English Defence League (EDL) was humiliated when it marched in Wakefield on Saturday of last week. 

It could only mobilise about 80, while some 400 people attended the anti-fascist protest through the day.

The protest organised by Unite Against Fascism and We Are Wakefield was wonderful. Speakers included local Labour MP Mary Creagh, council leader Peter Box and the national president of the TUC, Mohammad Taj. 

Polish people came out to show their solidarity with their Muslim sisters and brothers. Some local children also spent the afternoon painting fantastic placards.

We held our area from noon till after 3pm. And hundreds and hundreds of others around the city wore green ribbons to show their opposition to the EDL. 

The EDL said it was only mobilising in Yorkshire, but we saw banners from as far away as Portsmouth and Sunderland.

Anti-racists held banners from Unison, NUT and Wakefield Trades Council. There were lots of flags from the GMB, Unite and CWU.

The day brought together a broad and diverse group in a short period of time. We are organising a follow up meeting to maintain this unity. 

l 7.30pm, Tuesday 3 December, Lightwaves Leisure Centre, Lower York St, WF1 3LJ

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Tue 26 Nov 2013, 17:39 GMT
Issue No. 2381
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