Don't rise to bait' is message to all

Issue 476

PEOPLE should ignore the planned EDL protest in Dewsbury, a Muslim community group urged yesterday (Fri).
The Kirklees Imams and Mosques Advisory Board (KIMAB) hopes that people generally stay calm and pay no attention to any attempted provocation.
KIMAB chairman Maulana Mohammed Amin Pandor said: “We are confident decent people, both Muslims and nonMuslims, will reject the EDL.
“The EDL is an extremist group whose intention is to cause trouble by dividing our communities. We hope people turn their back on them.”
The KIMAB represents more than 40 mosques around the district and condemns all forms of extremist ideology.
Mr Pandor added: “It is sad that we have groups like EDL and AlQaeda who want to brainwash, radicalise and recruit people to become extremists.
“We condemn extremism of any form. We have written to all mosques in Dewsbury to make today (Friday) a day of prayers for peace and harmony.
“We want young people to remain calm and not be provoked as this would be a victory for the EDL. Young people should also avoid the train station.”
The call was backed in a joint statement by Kirklees Council group leaders Mehboob Khan (Lab), Robert Light (Con) and Kath Pinnock (Lib Dem).
They said: “The demonstration is detrimental to the good work which communities are doing to make Dewsbury a better place for everybody.
“People and businesses have the right to go about their activities without feeling threatened or uncertain of the impact of the demonstration.”
The EDL protest will take place in the railway station car park from 2pm to 3pm. About 500 members are expected and they may start arriving from as early as 11am.
A counter demonstration organised by the Unite Against Fascism group is due to be held over the road in a Wellington Street East car park.
The Ashworth Road flyover is to be closed by police for the duration of both events in a bid to keep rival protesters apart.
Kirklees Police Chief Supt John Robins said: “Our aim is to ensure it is business as usual for traders, businesses and the people of Dewsbury.”

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