Council boycott Woolwich meeting over EDL link
A community meeting held to discuss the aftermath of the riots in Woolwich was boycotted by Greenwich Council.
Leaflets handed out in the town centre yesterday (August 18) on behalf of the council said it would not be attending because an organiser was connected to the English Defence League.
The leaflet read: "Whilst the council is extremely heartened by the general community response, the council is concerned that some people and organisations are using the events of last week to further their own causes. One of the main organisers of tonight's meeting has admitted to involvement with the EDL and has made what the council considers to be 'provocative' comments.
"We simply cannot offer any support to a gathering linked with an individual who has also
stated he still publicly supports the actions of the EDL and has used language which the vast majority of residents would find utterly offensive."
Organisers have said a member of their team was involved with the EDL in the past but no longer has an association with the group.
Last night's meeting was held in front of the comments wall outside the fire damaged Great Harry pub on Wellington Street.