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Members urged to join anti-EDL protest

17 August 2010

NUJ members are being asked to join peaceful protests in Bradford on Friday and Saturday against the far-right English Defence League (EDL).

The EDL will meet in the Bradford Urban Garden, on the site of Westfield's mothballed shopping development, but a counter-protest and carnival organised by Unite Against Fascism and We Are Bradford will be held at Exchange Square.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:

"More than 10,000 local people have signed a petition opposing the march and local unions and community groups are appalled that the EDL would bring their hatred to the streets of Bradford."
"We hope that, in the wake of this grassroots mobilisation and community campaign, the EDL will see they are not welcome in Bradford."

The EDL has attacked and threatened NUJ members covering its activities. NUJ members seek to publish and broadcast materials exposing the myths and lies of racist organisations like the EDL.

For NUJ members working in Bradford on Saturday, the emergency legal helpline for journalists is 0800 587 7530.

  • Supporters of anti-Nazi activist and Unite Against Fascism officer, Martin Smith, will hold a rally on 7 September at the South Western Magistrates' Court, 176 Lavender Hill, London SW11 1JU at 9am.

Martin Smith was arrested at a protest held at the BBC in 2009 against Nick Griffin appearing on its Question Time programme and charged with assaulting a police officer.

Jeremy Dear said:

"The NUJ has worked with Martin on a number of anti-fascist campaigns and we are supporting the efforts to clear his name."

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