Anti-racists were set to protest against the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Bradford, West Yorkshire, on Saturday.
The EDL has called a protest in the city. It is trying to use a local child sexual exploitation case to whip up Islamophobia.
Local anti-racist group We Are Bradford and Unite Against Fascism (UAF) have called a rally in opposition to the EDL. It will call for justice for victims of sexual exploitation, and oppose racist attempts to divide people.
Joint national secretary of UAF Weyman Bennett urged people to join the protest. “Complacency is dangerous,” he said. “To ignore the EDL is to encourage it.”
Campaigner Umit Yildiz told Socialist Worker, “We distributed around 1,000 leaflets in the town centre last Saturday.
“In the past some people would throw away the leaflets, but this time we didn’t have a single negative response.
“Our rally will be in the centre of town where lots of people will see it.”
Some 25 Bradford councillors signed the We Are Bradford statement along with trade unionists and campaigners.