September 25, 2010
Posted by Denise
Up to 1,000 people have signed a campaign group's petition urging authorities to ban a proposed march by the English Defence League.
The petition was launched earlier this week by Hope Not Hate in response to the controversial group's bid to stage a march in Leicester city centre on Saturday, October 9. People can sign the document online or print copies from the group's website.
Last night, Leicester Unite Against Fascism launched its campaign against the EDL's plans at a public meeting in the African Caribbean Centre, Highfields. About 200 members of the public and activists discussed plans for a counter-protest on the morning of the proposed EDL march.
Meanwhile, Leicester City Council's ruling cabinet was due to meet today to discuss the protest and the anticipated counter demonstration by Unite Against Fascism. The meeting was due to take place at Leicester Town Hall at 10am.
Council leader Veejay Patel said: "We have called this special meeting to enable members of the cabinet to discuss the proposal, and to consider advice from the police on the impact these marches could have on the city."
The city council is continuing to measure local opinion on the protest.
Up to 400 people have also sent their views to the council via an e-mail address set up earlier this week. To take part in the consultation send messages to: consultationEDL@leicester.gov. uk. The petition can be found at: www.hopenothate.org.uk
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