NO PASARÁN! THEY SHALL NOT PASS!
Right to march against racist EDL
We, the undersigned, welcome the banning of the racist English Defence League’s march through Tower Hamlets.
However, we believe the headlines claiming the EDL have been ‘banned’ from Tower Hamlets are misleading. The EDL will still be holding a static protest in the borough.
We are also appalled to discover that the home secretary, Theresa May, has agreed to the Metropolitan Police’s application for a blanket ban on ALL marches across five London boroughs – Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest – and the City of London for 30 days.
This is a huge attack on everyone’s civil liberties and prevents people’s rights to oppose racism.
We have the democratic right to peacefully march through Tower Hamlets on 3 September to show unity of Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Black, Asian and LGBT communities, trade unions and all those against fascism and for freedom, and to voice opposition to the EDL’s attempts to divide us.
Our legal advice says there is no law that says if one march has been banned, all marches in that area must be banned.
It is our human right to peacefully march in Tower Hamlets.
We therefore support the joint Unite Against Fascism / United East End protest on Saturday 3 September.