Do they really not see the contradiction in their position? Answer: no, they really are that dumb.
"We the undersigned welcome the banning of the racist English Defence League's (EDL) march through Tower Hamlets.
However we believe the headlines claiming the EDL have been "banned" from Tower Hamlets are misleading. The EDL will still be holding a static protest in the borough.
We are also appalled to discover that the Metropolitan Police are applying for a blanket ban on ALL marches across five London boroughs: Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest; and the City of London for 30 days.
This is a huge attack on everyone's civil liberties and prevents people's right to oppose racism.
We have the democratic right to peacefully march through Tower Hamlets on 3 September to show unity of Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Black, Asian, LGBT communities, trade unions and all those against fascism and for freedom, and to voice opposition to the EDL's attempts to divide us.
Our legal advice says there is no law that says if one march has been banned all marches in that area must be banned.It is our human right to peacefully march in Tower Hamlets."
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Via Calling England and a piece by Brendan O'Neill in the Telegraph, I come to the ridiculously irony-deprived UAF statement on Theresa May's ban of marches in East London. You will recall that the UAF were demanding a ban on EDF marching, well ...