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English Defence League want to hold demonstration in Preston

Posted on - 9th January, 2016 - 12:33pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Politics, Preston City Centre
English Defence League members in Preston during a protest in 2010 Pic: pixel.eight

English Defence League members in Preston during a protest in 2010 Pic: pixel.eight

Far-right demonstrators are set to take to the streets of Preston city centre in February.

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The English Defence League has submitted an application to Lancashire Police to hold a demo on Saturday 20 February.

A poster for the event states: “The city that remove the nation’s flag to raise the flag of Palestine.”

This makes reference to a decision in July 2014 to fly the flag of Palestine over the Town Hall during the Middle East conflict.

The poster goes on to state Preston has “no go areas like Deepdale” and “take aways serving only halal”.

Related: Guest opinion from Max Neill on why Preston should hold counter-protest if demo is approved

Previous far right demonstrations in Preston have seen EDL groups placed on the Flag Market, with counter demonstrators from United Against Fascism behind a wall of police.

(c) Matthew Parkinson

EDL demonstration at Preston Flagmarket – (c) Matthew Parkinson

In 2010 a similar static protest saw around 1,500 EDL demonstrators turn out in Preston.

Preston anti-fascist groups are already planning a counter-protest with a Facebook event set up detailing where they will meet.

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