EDL march on Saturday 1 September
31 August 2012 in Waltham Forest News
While the Council is vehemently opposed to everything the EDL stand for, we have unfortunately been unsuccessful in our attempts to ban them from the borough. The Home Secretary has not responded to our request and the police say they cannot prevent the march unless they think there is a serious threat to public order.
Residents are advised to stay away from the march and any counter demonstrations to avoid trouble.
Councillor Liaquat Ali, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion, said:
"Waltham Forest is among the most diverse areas within London. We consider this to be one of the borough's key strengths, helping to give the area its unique sense of vibrancy.
"The EDL is targeting our community because of this same rich diversity, but we are standing together and have called on the Home Secretary to ban any action by the EDL and any other group whose main aim is to incite hatred against others because of their religious beliefs, ethnic origin or sexual orientation."
Waltham Forest Town Hall
Waltham Forest Town Hall will be closed from 12noon on Saturday 1 September.