I have one major problem with the banning of the English Defence League march in Tower Hamlets on the 3rd of September. Its length.
It is, of course, only fair to ban ALL marches on the day, so as to be relatively impartial. Unite Against Fascism marches are also banned. No static protest is banned. We have to treat all equally. Good.
This could cause huge problems for another group – Disarm DSEi.
This is the group which protests every time DSEi is held in London – DSEi being Defence and Security Equipment International, the world’s largest arms fair. It is a group which protests against the global arms trade, particularly the selling of British weapons to countries involved in human-rights abuses…. don’t forget, Gaddafi’s Libya had many British (and French, and other) weapons in its arsenal when fighting against the rebellion.
DSEi will take place on the 13th of September in Newham. Thus, any march would fall under the same ban. Static protest is not prevented, in fairness. But DSEi should not be silenced, we must watch out for this one…
- Disarm DSEi website
- English Defence League March Is Blocked (news.sky.com)
- Banning Protest – Is it right? (spinelessliberal.wordpress.com)