Stop the EDL holding a National Demo in Worcester
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Approximately 500 people took to the streets of Worcester on 21st July 2018 to object to the presence of the EDL, who said they came to in opposition to a mosque being built. There was no evidence of any literature being handed out, as described in their brief, nor of any petition.
Many Worcester groups and individuals believe the proposed EDL National Demo should not be permitted to go ahead on 1st September 2018.
One of the reasons for requesting a ban is under S4A of the Public Order Act 1989 a person is guilty of an offence if they intentionally cause harassment, alarm or distress.
On Saturday 21st there is footage of the EDL chanting racist and abusive language directed in particular at our Muslim residents. Shoppers and businesses were were affected as anti-social behaviour became increasingly intimidating. The potential for further disruption and violence will be stretching the resources for the police and CPSOs as well as the finances necessary to steward the event.
Worcester has a reputation of being the Faithful City and welcoming to all.
We acknowledge under Article 11 'The Right to Freedom of Assembly and Association' a group has the right to come together in a peaceful assembly, however restrictions to this can be in the interests of:
"national security or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others."
We believe the West Midlands EDL stating the Stoke on Trent Infidels, the Yorkshire Patriots, the South West Wales EDL and the Democratic Football Lads Alliance are coming to support them, and calling for 4000 people to join them, is reason enough to impose a ban.
For what purpose are these groups coming? The construction of any building is down to the planning department and any objections should be formally lodged using the correct procedures, not by people not local to Worcester using intimidation tactics. Just looking at what is being promoted by them on social media it is obvious they have no intention of peacefully handing out fliers to the public.
We want the police, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid (MP for Bromsgrove) council and other agencies to ensure that this National Protest is not permitted, protecting ALL Worcester residents from the potential 'Battle of Worcester' the EDL are calling for on their FB page. Under the Human Rights Act this demonstration can be banned, as it supersedes the Right of Expression and Assembly.
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