Tuesday, June 28 2016

700 officers to police EDL protest in Bristol

Islamophobia Watch alerts us to a report in BBC News that the police are planning a security operation involving 700 police officers in preparation of a protest planned by the English Defence League in Bristol next month.

From BBC News:

“A security operation costing up to £1m and involving 700 police officers is being organised ahead of an English Defence League (EDL) march in Bristol.

“The EDL will hold the march on 14 July - the same day as the city's gay community holds its annual Pride festival at College Green in the city.

“The police operation will involve drafting in officers from Yorkshire, south Wales and the south of England.

“Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police Colin Port said: "The English Defence League will march and at the moment we are trying to make contact with the people who are going to protest against them.

“"We're going to open meetings because we don't know what they're going to do, but we want them to work with them."

“Both groups chose the 14 July for their respective events despite talks between various parties including the police, the city council and representatives from both groups.

“A number of Bristol MPs and councillors have also called on the EDL to stay away from the city fearing an outbreak of public disorder.

“Mr Port said: "I can apply to have the march stopped but then what happens is that people can then pop up where ever they want.

“"Frankly this is the best case scenario for us, we know what the march is and we are negotiating with the organisers. The main thing is people can demonstrate safely whatever side they are."”

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