The resignation of Tommy Robinson and other leading members of the English Defence League (Report, 9 October), is a vindication for Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and those that joined us opposing EDL demonstrations over the last four years.
EDL street mobilisations began to lose momentum following the massive demonstration in Tower Hamlets in September 2011, uniting a broad range of communities in opposition to the EDL that prevented them from even entering the borough. This was a huge defeat for the EDL. It attempted to revive itself by stirring up racism, Islamophobia and division following the murder of Lee Rigby, but this did not gain the sympathy with public opinion they were hoping for. UAF mounted a national campaign under the slogan “Don’t let the racists divide us”. This culminated in another demonstration in Tower Hamlets last month, which inflicted a further defeat on the EDL.
Robinson et al have left a sinking ship but this is only a tactical retreat and, just like other European far right leaders, Robinson and Kevin Carroll will use other methods – possibly through electoral means – to spread their Islamophobic and racist message.
This Saturday the EDL still intends to take to the streets of Bradford and UAF will be supporting the We Are Bradford mobilisation. In Liverpool, the EDL and their allies in the north-west will try to disrupt a big trade union march against fascism called by Unite and other unions, and supported by UAF. The campaign against the EDL and fascism goes on.
Peter Hain MP, Len McCluskey Unite, Mark Serwotka Public and Commercial Services Union, Billy Hayes Communication Workers’ Union (CWU), Jane Loftus CWU, Chris Keates NASUWT, Dilowar Hussain-Khan East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, Rev Preb Alan Green Rector, St John on Bethnal Green, Aaron Kiely National Union of Students, Steve Hart Unite Against Fascism, Ashiq Hussain We Are Bradford, Sabby Dhalu UAF, Weyman Bennet UAF, Jude Woodward One Society Many Cultures
Further info on We are Bradford and Liverpool anti-fascist march visit http://www.uaf.org.uk