A peaceful EDL demo.
Vigil against the EDL
Provisional details 12.00 noon. Guildhall Square.
The situation is still extremely confused,and we are still unsure what has been decided.From what we can gather the EDL are not to be allowed to have a wreath laying at the war memorial-but are to be allowed to march across the square.
After having been given assurances that the EDL would be denied use of council property, it now appears they have been given access to everything.
Below is a comment made by one of their demo organisers posted on our facebook page.
"By the way - The whole Demo has been 'sanctioned' :) We are working closely with the council, who have also given us Victoria Park to hold our Demo. They have also given us full use of coach parking in the city, free of charge. Your cries are falling on deaf ears, you deluded bunch - People agree with us, they relate to us. You are gaining no support - Time to call it a day :)"
Portsmouth Council take a bow.
We will be demanding use of Guildhall Square for an anti-racist vigil.
If we are denied this and forced to go elsewhere we want people to ask why they are being treated with such largesse.
However we assert our right to assemble in our own square.
Please write to the council and The Portsmouth News to ask what the hell is going on.