UPDATE "Scores on the Doors"
Some 400 officers from six forces, including Cambridgeshire, policed two protests in Cambridge on Saturday February 23rd. Cambridgeshire Police were supported by officers from five forces, with specialist support from public order units and police dogs.
Around 500 protesters took part in the march by the trade union supported Unite Against Facism (UAF).
English Defence League (EDL) fielded around 30 protesters, who took part in an assembly ....
Four arrests were made during the policing operation.
Cambridgeshire Police say that plans are now finalised ahead of protests in Cambridge today Saturday February 23rd.
In a statement, they report:
Police are working closely with Cambridge City Council and a wide range of other agencies to ensure that demonstrations planned by the English Defence League (EDL) and local Unite Against Fascism (UAF) take place safely and peacefully.
The EDL is due to hold an assembly at Christ's Pieces between 2pm and 4pm and is not expected to hold any form of march or procession.
The UAF (joining details below) is due to assemble at Petersfield at around noon before marching along the following route:
East Road, Burleigh Street, Fitzroy Street, Jesus Terrace, New Square, Christ's Pieces, Emmanuel Street, St Andrew's Street into Sidney Street, Green Street, Trinity Street, Market Street and Market Hill, before returning along the same route to East Road but then crossing over to Norfolk Street, Gwydir Street, Mill Road, and back to Petersfield.CLICK ON READ MORE ICON BELOW
During an intensive period of negotiations with the event organisers, an alternative route along Christ's Lane was opposed by the police following consultation with a range of other agency representatives at the Cambridge City Safety Advisory Group.
As a result, police placed conditions on the route of the procession using powers under Section 12 of the Public Order Act 1986. Section 12 allows a senior police officer to place conditions on a public procession to prevent serious public disorder, serious damage to property or serious disruption to the life of the community.
Superintendent Vicky Skeels, the Cambridge City Commander said there would be some traffic disruptions but this would be kept to a minimum.
She said: "We are taking the planning for this event very seriously and are actively engaging with a wide range of communities and other agencies to ensure that we are fully informed of issues that may be relevant to local policing on the day.
"I can assure the public we will have sufficient police officers on duty and available within the community to provide a good policing level in Cambridge and ensure the protests are policed effectively.
"We will have additional police officers patrolling key areas in the city centre and also in areas where people may enter and exit the city by public transport or by private car. We will have additional staff patrolling the city centre and Mill Road area into the late evening to support local businesses in the night-time economy.
"At this stage we are unable to estimate the numbers of people expected to attend the protests, however, we will ensure there will be sufficient resources deployed around the city to maintain public safety and to ensure community and traffic disruption is minimised.
"While those taking part in the protest in the city will be allowed to express opinion and protest peacefully, we will not tolerate violence, incitement to hatred or other criminal activity."
Leader of Cambridge City council, Cllr Tim Bick, said: "I believe one of the best things about Cambridge is that it is a multi-cultural and tolerant city where people respect each other.
"We are working closely with the police to support them in their preparations for the protests as we recognise the right for free speech and peaceful demonstration as well as the need to protect the whole of the community from any unlawful behaviour.
"Ultimately we hope the people of Cambridge will be able to go about their normal business and enjoy the city with minimal disruption."
Anyone with information or concerns about the protests should contact police on 101.+++ ENDS +++
ANTI EDL MARCH AND CELEBRATION OF UNITY
Assemble at midday at Petersfield, Cambridge (near parkside pool)
Cambridge Unite Against Fascism/Love Music Hate Racism says:
Let's Keep Cambridge Nazi Free...
Stop the racist EDL in Cambridge
March and Celebration of Unity and Diversity
Called by Cambridge UAF and supported by local and national Trade Unionists, including the Cambridge Branch of the NUJ, Community Organisations, Councillors, Cambridge Trades Council and Richard Howitt MEP
Then we'll head off in our march into town. It's a long march and we mean to return to Petersfield after it. Then there will be refreshments provided by the Mosque.
Speakers * March* Music * Poetry * Art
More details on website and on this Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/565357606823252/
“I urge all the decent people of Cambridge to attend this counter demonstration to show their opposition to racism” - Richard Howitt MEP.
Sign the unity statement here:
Cambridge UAF on Facebook:
Cambridge Love Music Hate Racism on Facebook:
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