WALTHAMSTOW: Campaigners vow to halt EDL march
CAMPAIGNERS opposed to a proposed march by the far-right English Defence League (EDL) have vowed to make the borough a no-go area for the group.
The EDL announced online earlier this year that members intend to hold a demonstration in Walthamstow on Saturday August 18.
The group describes itself as an "inclusive movement" opposed to Islamic extremism, but critics say it is racist and divisive.
The We Are Waltham Forest campaign, set up in response to the proposed march, has now said its members will try and stop the event from going ahead with a counter-demonstration the same day.
The comments come after the group's first meeting, which it said was a big success attended by more than 100 residents.
The campaign is also planning a fundraising music concert on Friday June 29 at the Orford House Social Club in Walthamstow.
An EDL statement said: "Further details (of the march) will be given nearer the time.
"We are currently working together with the Met Police liaison team.
"It is not our intention to inflame tension, but to exercise our democratic right to peaceful protest."