| ||Further to yesterday’s announcement of the arrest of two men in Devon on suspicion of publishing racially inflammatory material and anti-Muslim videos on to the internet, the local news website ‘This is Cornwall’ further reported that Devon and Cornwall Police are preparing for “a potential flash point with the right-wing English Defence League and anti-fascist campaigners set to converge on Exeter at the weekend.” |
The report stated:
“The controversial group is understood to be taking part in a "ban the burka" protest in the city centre on Saturday while there is expected to be a counter rally by anti-racist campaigners, including the group Unite Against Fascism.”
Liz Allnatt, of the anti-racist group, United Against Fascism (UAF), is reported as having said:
"People of Exeter are more concerned about jobs and pay and what is going to happen to their local services.
"Exeter is a beautiful city and people of all different beliefs and backgrounds usually get along here.
"The Muslim community has added to the city. The annual Respect Festival is a huge, well-attended celebration of Exeter's diversity."
Previous EDL ‘protests’ have been accompanied by violence, disorder and extreme Islamophobic comments. The following video shows an attack on a restaurant, followed by clashes with the police during an EDL protest in Leicester last October.
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