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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Minister urged to lift marches ban [Press Association]

The Home Secretary should lift the ban on marches in Bradford this weekend or risk making protesters more radical, according to a think-tank.

Banning protests by -extremist groups is an ineffective way of combating their ideology, Demos said.

The warning comes as police in the West Yorkshire city prepares for clashes between the English Defence League (EDL) and Unite Against Fascism this weekend, despite Home Secretary Theresa May authorising a blanket ban on marches in the city.

Jamie Bartlett, a researcher at Demos, said banning the march "could push members of the English Defence League into more radical groups like Combat 18 or the Racial Volunteer Force".

He said: "Far from being destructive, protest can be an important outlet for that anger and frustration that could tip into violence and helps people to feel a sense of belonging to the society in which they live.

"The Government should show that being radical or extreme is acceptable in an open and free society like the UK. The same rules must apply to everyone, whether they are radical Islamist groups or the English Defence League.

"Preventing non-violent protest means others do not have the chance to counter-protest and demonstrate the strength of opinion against them. There may be some clashes and serious disagreement but this is part of living in a liberal society."

The far-right group planned to march through Bradford on Saturday, while Unite Against Fascism has organised a counter-protest in the city on the same day.

But the Home Secretary authorised a blanket ban on marches in the city last week following a request by West Yorkshire chief constable Sir Norman Bettison, who said he made the request because of the "understandable concerns of the community".

Police and council chiefs welcomed the ban but said static demonstrations may still go ahead.

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1 comment:

  1. Why do all these morons have to compare EDL with things like combat 18?

    They say one thing that makes sense and then ruin it with garbage.

    I suppose the powers that be like to show total submission to their islamic masters, by comparing EDL with outright nazis. As if muslims do not have a direct link with Nazis themselves!

    However, I do not despair: because the UK gov. and all its proxies are controlled by the muslim outlook, they are trapped. Whereas we, who are freethinkers are truly free. That is where we have the advantage.

    Of course that is why they are brainwashing our children in school, but at least we know what is wrong!

    No F#cking Surrender EVER!!!