EDL to hold protest in Newcastle

Newcastle Against the EDLThe English Defence League is to hold a demonstration on the streets of the North-east at the weekend.

Although few details have yet been announced, the EDL confirmed it plans to hold a national protest in Newcastle on Saturday (May 25) over proposals to open an Islamic school in the city.

Newcastle City Council has approved a planning application for a new faith school to be opened at Bishop’s Palace in the Benwell area of the city, previously used as the set for the BBC children’s series Byker Grove.

Meanwhile, a coalition of trade union and anti-fascist groups have announced a counter march and demonstration to take place on the same day. The Newcastle Unites Against The EDL march will assemble outside Newcastle City Hall at 1pm on Saturday.

Northern Echo, 20 May 2013