Thursday, 25 August 2011
The Metropolitan Police initially expressed reluctance to apply for a ban but changed their mind after a meeting with Tower Hamlets' Muslim mayor Lutfur Rahman. So the Met now takes its orders from Muslim wackos.
Scotland Yard is today applying to the Home Office for a ban on the English Defence League marching through London’s East End on September 3.

The decision comes from the Acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner following a campaign by political, religious and community leaders.

It follows Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman last Friday threatening legal action if the Met Police didn’t apply for a ban and a 25,000-name door-to-door petition organised by the Hope Not Hate campaign handed in to Scotland Yard last week.

“The Home Secretary knows the strength of feeling in the East End,” Mayor Rahman told the East London Advertiser this-afternoon.

“I feel humbled by all the support from community leaders and the public across London for the ban.

“The police have listened to the concerns of the East End. Now it’s up to Theresa May to see it through.

“She knows we don’t want the EDL coming here.”

Scotland Yard confirmed it is “in the process” of applying for the ban which covers five London boroughs, including Tower Hamlets, for a period of 30 days from September 2—the day before the EDL said it was coming to Whitechapel.

But there are fears even a ban won’t prevent trouble on the streets. The EDL has told the Advertiser its supporters will turn up for a protest under the ‘Right of Assembly’ in the event of a ban, which cannot be prevented.

The Met’s Tower Hamlets borough commander Paul Rickett said: “The EDL tell us they’ll implement a series of unannounced, sporadic demonstrations.

“A ban could mean an EDL demo in the East End that would be a massive challenge to the police—I don’t know if I have the resources to cope.”

The ban also prohibits a counter-march the same day by the Unite East End coalition, although the anti-fascist rally planned at Weavers Field in Bethnal Green would not be affected.


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