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Tomorrow's far-right protest 'not welcome'

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MORE than 300 people have signed an open letter to the English Volunteer Force (EVF) ahead of the anti-Islamic group's planned demonstration outside the UK Border Agency's Lunar House headquarters tomorrow (Saturday).

The letter has been organised by the Oasis Trust, which runs a number of academies in the borough and sends the EVF the message that they are not speaking for the people of Croydon.

It says: "Freedom of speech is an important part of life in Britain. However, it is our view that the EVF is in no way attempting to make a positive contribution to debate or dialogue.

"Instead, this protest is destined to spark fear and intimidation in Croydon's communities and damage the borough's reputation as a place of happy diversity and tolerance."

Originally, the EVF had planned a march from Lunar House to the Croydon Mosque, in London Road, but police restricted the group to a static demonstration at the front of Lunar House in Wellesley Road.

The demonstration is due to start at noon and there will be two counter demonstrations; one by Croydon trade unionists and the other by anti-fascist groups.

These demonstrations will, according to a police spokesman, take place in Bedford Park, which runs along the side of Lunar House. There will be no public access to Lunar House on the day.

Tomorrow's far-right protest 'not welcome'


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