Unite Against Fascism plans major counter-protest against EDL 'Muslim grooming gangs' march

Unite Against Fascism plans counter-protest against English Defence League march

Counter-protestors have been a regular feature at EDL marches in the past

Friday, October 20, 2017

The English Defence League (EDL) is planning to march through Peterborough tomorrow (October 21), but it is set to be faced with a major counter-demonstration.

The group is said to be focusing the rally on "Muslim grooming gangs" however Unite Against Fascism (UAF) suggests the EDL doesn't actually care about the victims of grooming.

It claims the EDL is "concerned only with fermenting anti-Muslim hate" and the UAF will be part of a counter-protest in Peterborough.

UAF claims Labour MP for Peterborough Fiona Onasanya will attend the demonstration against "the fascists" which has been organised by Peterborough Trades Union Council.

The president of Peterborough Trades Union Council, Ron Graves, said the council stands for unity and won't "stand idly by while groups like the EDL try to divide us on grounds of religion, ethnicity, or anything else.”

It is thought that less than 100 people will take part in the EDL march, as the last demonstration by the group fell flat as not enough people turned up.

UAF claims it has "played a central role, alongside many others" in reducing the numbers of the group. Many members have left since figurehead Tommy Robinson moved on, and some have joined the Football Lads Alliance - which Robinson has publicly backed.

Previous EDL marches could see thousands of people moving through the streets and some were drunk and violent.

A local UAF activist named Richard said that whilst EDL numbers have fallen, "there is no room for complacency and by holding a broad, diverse, vibrant and large counter-demonstration in Peterborough city centre, we hope to be able to continue and hasten their demise."