Rally to ‘keep out EDL’ by United East End after Woolwich attack on soldier

13:12 20 June 2013

Bystanders captured footage of the aftermath of the attack nearly a month ago. MoD/PA

Bystanders captured footage of the aftermath of the attack nearly a month ago. MoD/PA

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Community leaders are holding a rally in London’s East End to stop what they fear is Right Wing extremists exploiting last month’s Woolwich attack in which Army drummer Lee Rigby was stabbed to death.

They want to prevent groups like the English Defence League staging any march in east London in response to the soldier’s killing, similar to the attempt in Whitechapel two years ago when Home Secretary Theresa May banned marches.

“We share the universal revulsion at the brutal killing of Lee Rigby,” said United East End campaign co-ordinator Glyn Robbins.

“But we are also concerned that far-right organisations have attempted to exploit this dreadful incident to stoke up bigotry and Islamophobia.

“It’s necessary in the current climate that we re-state our commitment to defend our multi-cultural society.”

United East End is inviting community, faith and campaign organisations, political parties, MPs and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets to the 7pm rally being held at the London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel Road on July 1.

It is backed by Tower Hamlets Multi-Faith Forum, Unite Against Fascism and Rainbow Hamlets campaigns, NUT and Unison trade unions, East London Central Synagogue and Islamic Forum Europe.

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 19:11
View from the Ferris wheel at last year's Winterville

A sprawling festive town filled with seasonal feasts, markets and entertainment has sprung up in Victoria Park for the second year running.

Yesterday, 14:10
Vallie founders Robin Doble (L) and Nash Islam (R)

Tech City is the third largest technology hub in the world, and it’s right on our doorstep. Each week, we bring you news from the thriving area around Old Street roundabout. This week, reporter Sophie Inge talks to Nash Islam, co-founder of Vallie, the UK’s first on-demand app-based valet parking service.

Mon, 17:58
Ex-Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman

Deposed mayor Lutfur Rahman has been declared bankrupt ahead of next week’s High Court hearing into his assets following legal costs which haven’t been paid since he was barred from office seven months ago.

The former executive mayor of Tower Hamlets in London’s East End, who was disqualified in April for election malpractice and corruption, is due to return to the Court for a three-day hearing opening next Tuesday.

Mon, 12:54
Boris Johnson... ready at City Hall to hand out saplings for schools to plant in their playgrounds

Schools are being offered tree saplings free to plant in their playgrounds to improve air quality and cut pollution.

Mon, 07:00
Exitement as youngsters shown their work on public hoarding at St Clement's

Children at a school in London’s East End have had their artwork put on display on public hoardings at a development along the main A11 Mile End Road.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Pupils from George Green's School keep close to their Ark 'float' in Lord Mayor's parade, just in case the heavens open

Pupils taking part in the Lord Mayor’s parade weren’t taking chances with the weather.

There could be floods if the heavens opened—so they kept close to Noah’s wooden ark, just in case.

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Some of the people who've landed jobs with Barts NHS trust through its Community programme

A training programme set up by the NHS trust that runs five major hospitals in the City and East London has helped 700 people this year in their search for jobs.

Friday, November 20, 2015
Andrea Pendock gets her lunch delivered to her home in Bethnal Green by Mayor John Biggs himself

The Mayor jumped on the ‘gravy train’ through London’s East End helping deliver fish’n’chips to his vulnerable residents.

Most read news


Tesco - Every little helps

Would you like to have the opportunity to win a huge £2,500 to spend at Tesco? Well with this amazing prize you can do exactly that! MyOffers are giving you the chance to get your hands on £2,500 to spend on anything you desire may it be free weekly groceries for the foreseeable future, a new TV, home decoration or even a new sofa!

You could get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge!

Here’s your chance to win one of the most feature-packed smartphones on the planet, from tech giants Samsung, The Samsung S6 Edge!

Digital Edition

Read the Docklands and East London Advertiser e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder