Around 100 members of the English Defence League assembled in Preston city centre to protest against what they claim is a ‘Islamicisation’ of the city.Advertisement
Preston Police, supported by a number of other forces, formed a ring of hi-vis around the far-right group as they marched a short section of the roads close to Preston Market.
Around 11.30am a number of coaches arrived carrying members of the EDL from a number of towns and cities across the country. They moved into the Blackamoor Head pub before massing outside it and walking around the side of the market.
Police had set up a sectioned off area in Birley Street where a marquee and PA system had been set up.
Prestonians watched on as the EDL chanted ‘You’re not English anymore’ at passers-by.
A number of speeches were made by EDL organisers but much of their content is too defamatory to repeat here.
The protest lasted for around 30 minutes, with the EDL being in the city for around two hours in total.
No arrests were made according to Lancashire Police.
Preston Market traders said footfall in the market was down and takings had been poor throughout Saturday morning.
A community celebration event was held in response to the EDL protests. Read about that here.