From Norwich Evening News 24 by Tom Bristow:
|MP: EDL “hate-merchants” |
not welcome in Norwich
The EDL is holding the march to protest at Norwich City Council banning a preacher from a stall at Hay Hill for promoting “hate- motivated” leaflets.
But its arrival has provoked strong opposition from trade unions and politicians.
Yesterday, Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North, said:
I do not want to see the EDL on parade in our city. I believe the EDL to be disreputable, divisive, harmful, and violent.EDL supporters will gather at Castle Gardens at 12.45pm and start their march at 1pm.
Hate-merchants like these have no place in Norwich or anywhere in Britain.
I am proud of this country’s legal freedoms and rights to take part in peaceful protest, but do not want to see them abused, and Norwich dragged down, this weekend.
They will head along Castle Meadow, down Opie Street, and Bedford Street, before turning left down Exchange Street to City Hall.
A message from EDL organisers sent to supporters called for no racially-motivated banners, face coverings, or racist chants.
Organisers also told supporters to not bring “weapons, smoke canisters, fireworks or marbles”.
Those in the counter demonstration will meet at 11am in Chapelfield Gardens for music and speeches.
They will head down Theatre Street, turn left at Debenhams and along Haymarket, before turning left at Starbucks towards City Hall.
Memorial Gardens and City Hall will be fenced off.