EDL planning another march in Cambridge

The English Defence League (EDL) is planning another march in Cambridge, according to campaigners. A “massive” counter demonstration has already been planned by Cambridge Unite Against Fascism (CUAF).

More than 670 officers policed an EDL march in the city in July, 2011.

Richard Rose, of CUAF, said: “Our head office has information that has been confirmed by the EDL that they will march in Cambridge on February 23. We have organised a counter demo opposing the EDL and what it stands for.”

Richard Howitt MEP has released a rallying call to Cambridge residents to join the counter demonstration. He said: “I urge all the decent people of Cambridge to attend this counter demonstration to show their opposition to racism.”

Tom Woodcock, secretary of Cambridge Trades Council, said: “The painful austerity measures that working people are facing are not caused by immigrants or by Muslims but by the government and their friends in big business and the banks.”

Cllr Jeremy Benstead, who represents Coleridge on the city council, said: “18 months ago we showed the EDL that they are not welcome here – let’s do it again.”

Cambridge News, 14 December 2012