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EDL to march despite losing appeal
The English Defence League is expected to hold a march in east London despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.
Leaders had wanted to rally in an area in Tower Hamlets which they say is "subject to Sharia law", but Judge Mr Justice King ruled that a police decision to impose restrictions over fears of "serious public disorder" was reasonable and proportionate.
Police said the route of the march - which must take place between midday and 3pm on Saturday - will include Queen Elizabeth Street , Tower Bridge Road, Tower Bridge Approach, The Minories and then into Aldgate High Street.
Organisers have been told they must not go beyond the junction with Mansell Street.
Scotland Yard said senior officers had decided to stop the march a third of a mile short of its intended destination in the hope of preventing "serious" disorder.
Police lawyers told the High Court hearing that people taking part in EDL marches could be "unreasonably" provocative.
They said between 1,000 and 2,000 people would take part in the EDL march and "several thousand" in counter-demonstrations by groups including Unite Against Fascism.
Chief Superintendent Jim Read said: "We must listen to our communities and what concerns them the most, and that includes addressing what they say makes them feel afraid on their own streets.
"We must also uphold the right to protest, it is a fundamental part of our society."