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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.

However, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, has banned all marches taking place in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forsest, Islington and Hackney, for an entire 30-day period.

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…

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English Defence League march in Newcastle

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The English Defence League has been denied permission to carry out their planned march through Tower Hamlets, an area of London with a high Muslim population. A wide coalition of local political figures, Muslim and LGBT groups and others asked Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to instigate a ban.

The Scottish Defence League, an offshoot of the English Defence League, has been refused permission to march in Edinburgh on the anniversary of 9/11.

Is it right to ban them?

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