Friday, July 01 2016

Greater Manchester Police consider EDL march ban

The BBC reports that Greater Manchester Police are considering applying for a ban to prevent the English Defence League from demonstrating in the city this Saturday.

From the BBC:

"Greater Manchester Police's chief constable says he may seek to ban a march by the English Defence League (EDL) over fears it could spark unrest.

“Peter Fahy is to meet Tameside councillors to discuss whether to apply for a Home Office ban for Saturday's proposed march in Hyde.

“The protest follows an alleged attack on two youths in the town earlier in the month.

“The EDL said the march was a national protest against extremism.

“Mr Fahy said: "We are concerned that there could be a threat to peace and order.

“"The attack was an awful crime but I'm not sure we need outsiders coming in and clearly the fear is that they are just exploiting the situation."

“Mr Fahy said police would be talking to the council about whether to apply to ban the march although he added the EDL were legally entitled to stage a static protest.

“"It is a very serious issue and the Home Secretary only uses this power to ban marches on very limited occasions," said Mr Fahy."

The EDL on its website claims not to want to exploit an alleged racist hate crime in the city stating:

"Our reason for demonstrating in Hyde is not to further divide communities or win support for racial politics.

"That is why we wish to make it abundantly clear that the British National Party, or any other group with a history of racial politics or racist ideas, will not be welcome at our demonstration.

"Our reason for demonstrating in Hyde is to protest about the government, the media and the Muslim community's continued inaction in the face of violent extremism and intolerance."

Odd indeed that the EDL should pick Manchester as the chosen location of the proposed demonstration when to get the government or media’s attention far better locations would be Westminster or Wapping. Couldn’t have to do with the fact that Manchester has the fifth largest Muslim population in the UK, according to the 2001 Census?

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