Home Secretary Theresa May has approved the Metropolitan Police’s application to ban the proposed EDL march in Tower Hamlets for a period of 30 days starting from 2 September amid fears of violence and disorder.
Tower Hamlets’ Mayor, Lutfur Rahman, who campaigned for the EDL march to be banned, has welcomed this decision.
He said: “I thank the Home Secretary for making this decision, which means we can now move forward as a community free from the threat of the EDL marching through our borough with their messages of hate.
“This has always been a borough where people of different faiths, cultures and backgrounds live in harmony, and we will not be divided by the EDL or any other groups.
“It is the correct decision, and I would like to reiterate my thanks to the thousands of people that supported our efforts to get this march banned. Once again we have shown we are One Tower Hamlets and with the march now banned, I urge anyone previously planning to march in support of our cause to stand down. Their support has been fantastic, and I am delighted that our efforts have been successful.”
Pyrus from the EDL wrote: “Banning the EDL march will only serve to enhance radical Islam’s propaganda. If the government demonises and persecutes critics of radical Islam, then the radicals will be encouraged.”
Their website suggests that the EDL will be progressing with the march as planned.