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Activists, trade unionists, councillors and representatives of Tower Hamlets community, campaigning and faith groups met last night to respond to the racist EDL's plans to demonstrate in Tower Hamlets on 20th June.

It was agreed to hold a demonstration in response to this shocking attack on the Muslim community and the residents of Tower Hamlets.

The meeting, attended by over 60 people, showed the possibility of a really broad and united response to such attacks.

All present recognised that an EDL march through Tower Hamlets is a symbolic attack not just on the Muslim community but on the whole notion of a multi cultural society.

Everyone stressed the need for the biggest possible mobilisation - particularly from Tower Hamlets itself.

An umbrella organisation called United East End was set up to coordinate the counter-demonstration. United East End would work with national Unite Against Fascism and try and gain support from other national organisations.

Activists argued that a massive counter mobilisation is possible but only if all the networks that already exist in Tower Hamlets are activated immediately and that publicity is distributed so widely and quickly that everyone in the Borough knows about the demonstration within days.

A meeting will be held on Wednesday to further plan and build the demonstration. Leaflets and posters will be available at the meeting to be distributed as widely as possible. Further details will be announced soon.

A Facebook group has also been set up called 'No to the racist EDL in East London!'

The suggestion was made that United East End could lay the basis for united action against cuts in the borough in the future.

Dan Poulton

Dan Poulton

Dan is a writer, broadcaster and campaigner.  His most recent documentary was The New Scramble For Africa and his documentaries have appeared regularly on the Islam Channel. He is an organiser for Counterfire and a regular contributor to Counterfire site.

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