Yesterday I reported that the English Defence League was planning on holding a rally at 2pm in Dewsbury town centre. But now the group’s demonstration will be limited to the confines of Dewsbury train station car park between 2-3pm.
“After discussions with local businesses, the council, the community and the EDL organiser, we have decided that the venue of the planned EDL peaceful static protest should now be on the public car park outside the railway station,” said Chief Superintendent John Robins.
He went onto add “This decision was made to ensure that any possible disruption to people visiting and working in Dewsbury on Saturday is kept to an absolute minimum.”
At the same time as the EDL demonstration a counter protest is also being held in Dewsbury by Kirkless Unite Against Fascism, celebrating what it says is the “unity of multicultural Dewsbury.”
But they too will not be allowed into the town centre. Instead the counter protest will be held on Wellington Road East, about 300 yards down the road from the train station car park where the EDL demonstration will take place.
A statement on UAF’s website, signed by Kirklees Unite Against Fascism, Kirklees Unison, Terry Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract and chair of Kirklees Inter-Faith Community, Paul Holmes, branch secretary, Kirklees Unison, Revd Louise Collins, Simon Midgley, CWU area delivery rep, Royal Mail, Bradford & District, reads;
“We, the undersigned, strongly oppose plans by the racist ‘English Defence League’ (EDL) – a group linked to the fascist BNP – to demonstrate in Dewsbury on 11th June.
The EDL is a racist group dedicated to attacking Asian people and Muslims. Islamophobia – bigotry against Muslims – is as unacceptable as any other form of racism. Its aim is to divide us by making scapegoats of one community, just as the Nazis did with the Jews in the 1930s.
Today they threaten Muslims. Tomorrow it could be Jewish people, Hindus, Sikhs, black people, lesbians & gay men, Travellers or Eastern Europeans. There is no place for Nazis, racists or the EDL in Dewsbury’s multiracial, multicultural and multi-faith community.
We also urge people to support the unity of multicultural Dewsbury by attending the peaceful antiracist event – at 12 noon, Wellington Road East Car Park on June 11th.”