3 September EDL March and counter-demonstration likely to be banned.

As many of you will have heard, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner made a formal application today to the Home Secretary, for the EDL March in Tower Hamlets to be banned.

Imaan considers it very likely that the application will be granted.

This will prohibit the march – and any marches whatever – on the 3rd and for a period of 30 days from the 3rd. It will probably apply to Tower Hamlets and the surrounding boroughs.

If the application is granted, there will be no EDL and no counter-march on 3 September.  We will confirm the position as soon we know it, but we advise members to plan on an assumption that nothing will be happening.

If granted, the application will also affect the planned East London Pride march on 24 September.  The event will have to be changed to a Pride Festival without a March (likely venue: Oxford House / Weaver’s Fields) or delayed to a date outside of any ban-period.

Again, we will keep everyone advised about both events.