Confrontation expected as far right group plans protest against Langley mosque

There’s worrying news that the far-right English Defence League is organising a protest in Slough, while the Anti Fascist Network is promising a confrontation.

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The controversial organisation, formed in 2009 to oppose what it considers to be a spread of Islamism, Sharia law and Islamic extremism in the United Kingdom, says it has agreement from police to hold a meeting in Salt Hill Park on Saturday, 1 February.

The organisation says it is protesting at the u-turn by Slough Borough Council to grant Dawat-e-Islami to convert Langley Village Club into a mosque and Islamic community centre.

On its website it says:

Langley will now join a long list of communities where local residents have been driven to anger, tears and despair by the continuing nuisance of Islamic community centre and mosque visitors parking their cars along local streets ignoring local concerns, and often laws as well

The group states that its aim is to demonstrate peacefully in English and Welsh towns and cities, but conflicts with Unite Against Fascism (UAF), local opposition and other opponents have led to street violence, anti-social behaviour and arrests.

… a bigger threat than the BNP …

MP Jon Cruddas, writing in The Guardian, described the EDL as “… a dangerous cocktail of football hooligans, far-right activists and pub racists …”

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The Berkshire Anti Fascist Network’s response

The Berkshire Anti-Fascist Network has issued a call to “Stop EDL!”, encouraging people to turn up at Salt Hill Park to send a “united message that their message of hate is not welcome on our streets”.

 

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