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Residents, local trade unionists, community groups and councillors have backed a rally and demo against the racist English Defence League in Tower Hamlets, east London.

Demonstrate: Stop the EDL in East London
11am, Sunday 20 June
Stepney Green Park, march to Altab Ali Park, Whitechapel MAP

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Here is the joint statement, backed by councillors, campaigners, trade unionists and community groups:

"The English Defence League is a violent, bigoted organisation and an embarrassment to our country. They should be condemned everywhere, but will be particularly unwelcome if they come to Tower Hamlets.

Most people in the East End live in peace and mutual respect for neighbours, regardless of their faith or skin colour.

As residents and workers in the borough, we will not tolerate attempts to divide us or stir up hatred. The real enemies of Tower Hamlets are poverty and inequality, not Islam.

At Cable Street in 1936 the people of the East End united to block the way to Mosley’s fascist blackshirts. We stand ready to do the same to the EDL. This will be a peaceful protest to celebrate our diversity."


Glyn Robbins, Councillor Helal Abbas (leader, Tower Hamlets council), Mowlana Shamsul Hoque and Musaddiq Ahmed (chair and secretary general, Council of Mosques, Tower Hamlets), Alex Kenny (East London NUT), John McLoughlin (branch secretary, Tower Hamlets UNISON), John Biggs (London Assembly Member, City and East), Phil Sedler (Tower Hamlets Tenants and Residents Federation), Councillor Oliur Rahman (Stepney and St Dunstan’s ward), Councillor Bill Turner (Mile End and Globe Town ward), Councillor Stephanie Eaton (Bethnal Green North ward), Julia Bard (Jewish Socialists’ Group), Dilowar Khan (London Muslim Centre), Julie Begum (The Swadhinata Trust), Dr Georgie Wemyss (author, The Invisible Empire), Shamsul Alam, Eileen Short, Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association, Guy Shennan, Ibrahim Ghahremani, Cyrus Ghahramani, Tim Sanders (Independent cartoonist), Sukhwant Dhaliwal (Women Against Fundamentalism), Phil Maxwell, Hazuan Hashim, Southall Black Sisters, Rozina Visram (author, Asians in Britain: 400 Years of History), Cathy Phillips (retired Tower Hamlets head teacher), Rich Palser (UCU branch co-ordinator, Tower Hamlets College), Delwar Hussain (writer), Musleh Faradhi (president, Islamic Forum of Europe), Ivor Dembina (Jewish Socialists’ Group/Jews for Justice for Palestinians), Damien Campbell (CWU rep, Isle of Dogs), Richard Kuper, Ruth Appleton (Sante Project), Dr Kambiz Boomla (GP, Chrisp Street Health Centre), John Budis (UCU rep, Tower Hamlets College), Mike Gerber (Jewish Socialists’ Group), Ruth Lukom (Jewish Socialists’ Group), Sinead Vaughan, Perdy Patterson (ESOL lecturer, Tower Hamlets College), Ian Crosson (UCU, Tower Hamlets College), Diana Neslen, United East End, Abjol Miah, Weyman Bennett and Sabby Dhalu (joint secretaries, Unite Against Fascism), Chris Nineham (Stop the War pc) plus others.

There will also be a rally the week before:
7pm, Sunday 13 June
London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JX MAP

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