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English Defence League to protest in Coventry

Coventry Editorial 30th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE ENGLISH Defence League (EDL) has confirmed it will protest in Coventry next month against the city becoming a ‘Muslim ghetto’.

The controversial far-right wing group will descend on the city on Saturday, May 21 to protest against the threat of ‘Islamification’ across the country.

Although no specific time or venue has been confirmed, the EDL says speeches will take place in ‘the public square.’

Among other issues to be debated at the demonstration, the grooming of children, people becoming radicalised and joining ISIS, and immigration will be on the agenda.

In a statement released by the group they claim they seek to highlight “how this once-proud cathedral city is falling below the national radar while it’s being gutted by its transformation into a Muslim ghetto.”

“Coventry, the capital of England in the 1400s, and later famous for clock making and manufacture of bicycles, machine tools, motor cycles and cars, is now known for producing jihadists.”

Organisers describe the group as ‘non-violent’ and urge businesses to remain open and operate normally on May 21 – despite some EDL protests in previous years leading to clashes with anti-fascist demonstrators and arrests.

Earlier this year, the group, which describes itself as ‘English patriots’ staged demonstrations in Preston and High Wycombe.

Chief Superintendent Danny Long from Coventry Police said the force was aware of the EDL’s plans to ‘march and hold a static demonstration’ in the city.

He added: “Officers are currently negotiating with protest organisers to clarify their intentions and agree how we can accommodate their right to peaceful protest while ensuring the safety and security of the public.

“The precise time and location of the protest has yet to be confirmed.

“As a force we are extremely experienced in accommodating and preparing for such events.

It is not clear at this stage how many protestors will take part but we are continually monitoring the intelligence picture to understand the scale of the event.”