Calls to ban EDL's march through Tower Hamlets
Labour politicians in Tower Hamlets have called English Defence League plans to march on the borough an attempt to 'fuel hatred and division'.
The right-wing group is planning a demonstration on September 7. There is a counter demo set to be held by Unite Against Fascism on the same day.
So far over 800 members of the EDL have stated their intention to attend.
At a recent Tower Hamlets Council meeting all parties united to support a motion condemning the EDL plan and calling for the Home Secretary to ban it.
Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Sirajul Islam, said: "The EDL threat to march is a clear attempt a fuel hatred and division. Politicians of all sides are united in their condemnation of the EDL march and have urged the Home Secretary and police to step in and stop the march taking place."
Labour's Candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs AM, added: "We all know that the EDL only want to come to Tower Hamlets to cause provocation and violence and any march by them should be banned.
"I understand and support our community wanting to stand against the EDL and in support of the peaceful lives we enjoy in our borough."
Current Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman last month said: "We have real fears that the EDL presence will act as a catalyst for further violence, disorder and destruction of property. There must be no place for hatred in our communities."
Two years ago, the Home Secretary banned a proposed march by the right-wing group through Tower Hamlets after a request by Scotland Yard.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson was arrested in the borough in June after an altercation during a charity walk.
He was banned from entering Tower Hamlets but later tweeted he planned to return when his bail conditions expire.