Far right group the English Defence League (EDL) is to stage a demonstration in Rochdale town centre on Saturday. [The EDL is not ‘far right’! 'Far right' = fascist. The EDL is not a fascist group.]
The anti-Islamist group have planned a protest outside Rochdale Town Hall.
In response members of left wing campaign group Unite Against Fascism are to demonstrate at the same time. [So the EDL is ‘far right’ but UAF is simply classed as ‘left wing’? Yet UAF is run by the far-left Trotskyist party, the Socialist Workers Party, which believes in violent revolution and supports terrorist groups like Hamas and, formerly, the IRA.]
Hundreds are expected to take part in the anti-fascism march in Stoneyfield Park, Boundary Street, Deeplish at 11am. [It will not be an ‘anti-fascism march’ at all. It will be a Trotskyist march against English patriots and English anti-Islamists – not the same thing. In fact UAF supports Islamofascists like Hamas, Hezbollah and a whole host of other killers and extremists. But they’re Brown, Exotic and not ‘Western capitalists’.]
Barbara Cook, who has helped organise the Unite Against Fascism march said: "We have heard that the EDL are coming in response to the allegations in the media regarding the exploitation of young girls. [‘Allegations’? They aren’t allegations! Muslims pimp and groom non-Muslim girls on a massive scale throughout England; especially in the North West (e.g., Bradford, Keighley, Blackburn, Oldham and, yes, Rochdale).
"We are a very multicultural town and have a good relationship within the community and as a community we should come out in force. [More leftist soundbites with zero content and zero factual status.]
"We are not out to fight, we are out to demonstrate peacefully." [Oh yes?! Is that why your leader, Martin Smith, has been arrested more than twice for acts of violence at UAF demos? Is that why another UAF leader, Weyman Bennett, was also arrested for encouraging violence at the Bolton demo? Is that why the UAF/SWP act out their leftist violent fantasies at every EDL ‘counter-demo’?]
According to an EDL internet message board the group will be meeting at Rochdale railway station .
The Observer contacted the EDL but at the time of going to press no-one was available to comment.
A spokesman from Greater Manchester Police said they have not received a formal request for protest from the EDL. [Usually the EDL does liaise with the police; so I’m not sure what’s happened here.]
A Rochdale council spokesman said the authority was aware of the planned EDL demonstration and was working with Greater Manchester Police but had not given any permission.
We will be covering the protests live here on Saturday.