WALTHAM FOREST: Ban on protest marches

This Is Local London: The march by Muslims Against Crusades back in July. The march by Muslims Against Crusades back in July.

A BAN on marches in Waltham Forest comes into force today (Friday September 2) following concerns over a planned protest by the English Defence League (EDL) in neighbouring Tower Hamlets.

The far-right group had wanted to hold its march tomorrow (Saturday September 3).

But Home Secretary Theresa May has decided to prohibit protests in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest, Islington, and Hackney for the next 30 days after police said they were fearful violence could erupt.

A Met spokesman said the force had received "specific intelligence" that the EDL march could potentially result in "serious public disorder, violence and damage".

However the EDL has said it will hold a static protest in Tower Hamlets instead, which cannot be banned by law.

Anti-fascist groups, including many campaigners from Waltham Forest, have pledged to hold a counter-protest.

The march ban is the first of its kind since the The Public Order Act came into force in 1986.

In a statement, Ms May said: "Having carefully considered the legal tests in the Public Order Act and balanced rights to protest against the need to ensure local communities and property are protected, I have given my consent to a ban on all marches in Tower Hamlets and four neighbouring boroughs for a 30-day period.

"I know that the Metropolitan Police are committed to using their powers to ensure communities and properties are protected. We encourage all local people and community leaders to work with the police to ensure community relations are not undermined by public disorder.'"

The Met's Chief superintendent Julia Pendry said: 'We have made this decision based on specific intelligence and information, and our message is clear, we do not want people coming into the areas to attend these events."

The ban does not apply to commonly or customarily held marches or funeral processions.

In July extremists group Muslims Against Crusades (MAC) held a march through Leyton and Walthamstow in which the EDL also planned a counter demonstration. There was a heavy police presence and it ended without incident.

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10:45am Fri 2 Sep 11

Eppingforest1234 says...

Hopefully this means extremist marches from groups such as the Muslims Against Crusades will also be banned... however these protests are allowed for 'free speech'.
Hopefully this means extremist marches from groups such as the Muslims Against Crusades will also be banned... however these protests are allowed for 'free speech'. Eppingforest1234

2:40pm Fri 2 Sep 11

ShinySue says...

They should never have let those sharia law nutters have a march before either - the whole of the met police were used to police it, or so it seemed!
They should never have let those sharia law nutters have a march before either - the whole of the met police were used to police it, or so it seemed! ShinySue

11:08pm Fri 2 Sep 11

Brisbane says...

So much for free speech. Can those in power really not realise that by barring the EDL from the political process they strengthen its arguments?
So much for free speech. Can those in power really not realise that by barring the EDL from the political process they strengthen its arguments? Brisbane

11:47pm Sun 4 Sep 11

sensibility says...

I agree to a ban on all marches, whether they are celebratory or protest marches.


this is because in the current UK wider economy and state of affairs the balances are so fragile we need to ensure a minimum stability
I agree to a ban on all marches, whether they are celebratory or protest marches. this is because in the current UK wider economy and state of affairs the balances are so fragile we need to ensure a minimum stability sensibility

8:56pm Mon 5 Sep 11

Sam Hain says...

Did you see the news item about the EDL coach breaking down in Tower Hamlets and being mobbed by angry local Muslims? Of course I deprecate all such illegal actions - doesn't mean I didn't have a jolly good laugh though!
Did you see the news item about the EDL coach breaking down in Tower Hamlets and being mobbed by angry local Muslims? Of course I deprecate all such illegal actions - doesn't mean I didn't have a jolly good laugh though! Sam Hain

3:05pm Wed 7 Sep 11

stevewhite says...

I don't agree with sensibility at all.

This government is in the process of destroying the pensions of many public sector workers and the NHS. A march against this destruction is the best way to mobilise opposition and prove to the government just how much opposition there is.

I also disagree with the justification given by the same person. The pensions are affordable and the balances are not so fragile; its just that this appalling government only apply free market solutions, which are making it more fragile than it actually needs to be. Take away hope, as this lot have done and you have a recipe for disaster, including the recent riots.
This lot of Tory free marketeers need to provide some hope for the young and the population as a whole.

No to banning marches and I hope there are lots more of them!
I don't agree with sensibility at all. This government is in the process of destroying the pensions of many public sector workers and the NHS. A march against this destruction is the best way to mobilise opposition and prove to the government just how much opposition there is. I also disagree with the justification given by the same person. The pensions are affordable and the balances are not so fragile; its just that this appalling government only apply free market solutions, which are making it more fragile than it actually needs to be. Take away hope, as this lot have done and you have a recipe for disaster, including the recent riots. This lot of Tory free marketeers need to provide some hope for the young and the population as a whole. No to banning marches and I hope there are lots more of them! stevewhite

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