The English Defense League (EDL) has planned a demonstration in Norwich on Saturday 10 November, stating that it is a response to the decision to ban a Christian bookstall.
Norfolk Police have been informed of the extreme right-wing group’s intention to protest through the streets of Norwich, however a route has not yet been confirmed.
The EDL plan to protest against what they describe as a violation of “freedom of speech”. The rally is a reaction to a decision by Norwich City Council to prohibit a united reformed church bookstall on Hay Hill. Members of the public complained that it was distributing “hate-motivated” anti-Islamic leaflets.
A counter-protest is planned for the same day by a campaign group called We are Norwich, who embrace and celebrate the city’s diversity. Additionally, the Norfolk and Norwich Muslim Association (NNMA) condemned the proposed march.
A trustee of the NNMA, Dr Muhammad Abu-Elmagd, said: “We strongly believe that the EDL’s intention is to cause disharmony among the residents of Norwich. However, we hope that the people of Norwich will stand firm together and refuse to allow any attempt to divide our fine city.”