13 charged over Sunderland mosque protest

Sunderland anti-mosque protest 6.10.12
Fascists throwing firecrackers at counter-demonstrators during last October’s protest

Police have charged 13 people after a demonstration at the site of a new mosque in Sunderland turned violent, as far-right groups including the EDL clashed with local Muslims and anti-fascists.

Around 200 people attended the pre-planned demonstration on St Mark’s Road in Millfield on Saturday, October 6, 2012, where a former council transport depot is being converted into a mosque for up to 150 Pakistani Muslims.

The English Defence League, Scottish Defence League and Sunderland Anti-Fascist Coalition were among the protesters.

Police have now charged 13 people with public order offences, one person has been given a caution and one person has been issued with a fixed penalty notice.

All those who have been charged are banned from attending any demonstrations in Sunderland or entering St Mark’s Road or Chester Road.

Sky Tyne and Wear, 1 March 2013

Cf. the earlier report by Spark and the comment by Gary Duncan of the Sunderland Anti-Fascist Coalition.