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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 February 2011

EDL racists terrorise Luton

ON SATURDAY 5 February, the racist and hooligan English Defence League (EDL) marched through the centre of Luton.
A Socialist Party member who attended the counter-demonstration to the EDL sent the following report:

"An eerie silence fell over Luton town centre on Saturday. The few shoppers were vastly outnumbered by shop workers in the shopping centre; themselves vastly outnumbered by police from all over southern England.

Several thousand EDL supporters marched into St George's Square in the centre of Luton, surrounded by police. The town centre was divided into two sections by the police, with the EDL at one end and the counter-demonstrators at the other end.

The silence was broken by music from the counter-demonstrators, who were penned in by thousands of police. The counter-demonstration was comprised of members of the UAF (Unite Against Fascism), different socialist groups, Love Music Hate Racism, as well as a large number of trade union activists from Luton and the surrounding area.

Platform speakers while exposing the racist nature of the EDL, unfortunately didn't put forward a programme of action to fight the government's jobs and spending cuts which could unite all communities and prevent the socially divisive agenda of the EDL."

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