Published On: Sat, Jan 17th, 2015 on 1:41 pm

EDL voice plans to disrupt Bradford ‘freedom of speech’ gathering

Bradford Freedom Of Speech Protest EDL

EXCLUSIVE: The far-right group English Defence League (EDL) has urged supporters to turn up to a gathering being held in Bradford today over freedom of speech.

The Halifax division of the EDL announced on social media yesterday: ‘We have been informed that they will be a large demonstration against the Charlie Hebdo cartoons by Bradford Muslims on Bradford City Square tomorrow’.

The admin urged: ‘any patriot that can get there should do’.

An event page has been set up by EDL supporters and around 10 have confirmed they will be holding a counter-demonstration.

The original planned protest, expecting to attract hundreds, is expected to include speeches from Bradford West MP George Galloway and faith leaders.

It is being held by organisers opposing what they believe is hypocrisy of free speech in the West and the victimisation of Muslims in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

One of the organisers of the protest, who requested not to be named, said: “We have no intention of causing disorder. The EDL and far-right claim to stand up for free speech through terror, violence and intimidation of a peaceful multifaith gathering.

“They are no different to any violent extremists and no different to the terrorists who murdered innocent journalists, because this peaceful gathering is a show of unity and peace against all hate, violence and extremism.”

The protest has also come under scrutiny by the UKIP party in Bradford.

Bradford’s UKIP chairman Jason Smith called for it to be banned. He labelled it as an ‘embarrassment’ and a ‘terrible advertisement for Bradford’.

The police are expected to be monitoring the event.

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  1. Jon flinn says:

    Edl doesnt belong here in Bradford. They only want to spark a race riots across the country and therefore the law enforcement agencies should ban edl for stoking up violence.

    • Gaz says:

      They have the right to exercise their right to protest, whether you wish it or not.
      i believe that right still law? ( for now at least) Just as you have the right to protest, their protest.

      The law enforcement should enforce the LAW , however I do realise that is a disappearing thing these days for them to do.

  2. gaz says:

    if people have the right to have freedom of speech others can exercise their right to protest

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