SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2014
ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE BURY PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE, DUNSTABLE ROAD, LU1 1BW
EDL Not welcome in Luton!
The racist and Islamophobic EDL have announced that they will hold an Islamophobic demonstration, in Luton on 22 November.
In April and May 2009 the violent and racist EDL held its first protests in Luton. Such mobilisations saw hundreds of thugs rampage through the town attacking the Asian community. Since then the EDL has held a number of protests around Britain. They’ve attacked people and protesters, caused damage to buildings and smashed up a Hindu temple in Dudley when they couldn’t get close to the mosque.
They’ve attacked mosques in Luton:
– Islamic Centre – 5 May 2009 – Arson attack
– Madinah Masjid – 22 July 2011 – Windows smashed, swastika graffiti and initials ‘EDL’
– Bury Park Jamia Masjid – 2 April 2012 – Arson attack
– Al Hira Masjid – 4 October 2013 – Arson attempt
– Central Masjid – October 2013 – Graffiti
The EDL are a pale shadow of what they were, the last time they were in Luton. Consistent, broad based campaigning has worn the EDL down. Their leaders eg Tommy Robinson, resigned, even admitting what UAF and others have long said, that those running the EDL are ‘racists and fascists’. Large scale opposition to them in Walthamstow and Tower Hamlets was crucial in undermining their support. They are a small collection of rejects from various fascist groups. We want to show the real side of Luton on Saturday, multicultural and anti racist. Luton belongs to all who want to see the backs of the violent Islamophobes. The EDL are down, let’s keep them that way.