A community unites, proud of its achievements and unity, despite being one of the poorest in Britain. Read here the letter calling for a ban on the proposed EDL march through Tower Hamlets.

You can add your opposition to the 20 thousand who have so far petitioned for a ban. View the Hope Not Hate campaign tabloid being distributed to 50 thousand homes in the borough.

We, the undersigned, call on the authorities to ban the proposed march by the English Defence League (EDL) in Tower Hamlets on Saturday 3 September. The EDL is a violent racist organisation that seeks to vilify communities and damage community relations. Its planned march is designed to whip up fear and incite violence.


We reject entirely the EDL and its racism and we don’t see why the people of Tower Hamlets should pay for its march of hate. There can be no excuse for this march of hate. It is not right for one or two thousand racists to bring fear and trouble into somebody else’s community. We have to stop the EDL from marching.


We are calling on the police and council to ask the Home Secretary to ban the march. In doing so we are standing up for all the people of Tower Hamlets, whatever their religious or racial background.


We have shown before that we can force the authorities to act. We need to stop the EDL from marching in Tower Hamlets in September.


We are proud of Tower Hamlets, a vibrant multiracial area, which has a long and proud history of resistance to racism & fascism. From Cable Street in the 1930s, to Brick Lane in the 1970s and to Millwall in the 1990s, the people of Tower Hamlets have come together to see off racism and fascism before. We will now stand united against the racist and extremist EDL.


We believe that everyone has the right to live in peace and without the fear of abuse or violence. We stand against all prejudice, whether it’s racism, anti Muslim racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia or extremism.


We oppose all extremism – from whatever quarter – and we recognise that extremism breeds extremism. We condemn the extremist EDL just as we condemn Islamist extremism. We say a plague on both their houses.


We believe that the people of Tower Hamlets should be allowed to live without the threat of violence and fear. This is why we are standing together against the hatred of the EDL. We believe in HOPE not hate. That is why we are calling on the authorities to ban the EDL march of hate.

Sam Tarry

Campaign Organiser, HOPE not hate


Mr Mohammed Hormuz Ali

President, Bangladesh Welfare Association


Mr Sajjad Miah

Acting President, Brick Lane Mosque


Mr Mahmud A Rauf

President, Brick Lane Business Association


Mr Badrul Islam

Director, Centre for Citizenship and Development


Mr Amir Hussain

Chairperson, Tower Hamlets Apasenth


Mr Ansarul Haque

General Secretary, Collective of Bangladeshi School Governors.


Mr Gopal Das

General Secretary, Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi


Mr Nurul Islam

General Secretary, Soytten Sen School of Performing Arts


Mr Shahriar Bin Ali

Joint Convenor, Bangladesh Youth Union


Ms Shamim Ara Begum

Convenor, Nari Digangta - an association of progressive Bangladeshi women


Syed Enamul Islam

Secretary, Pir Habib Memorial Foundation


Dr B B Chaudhuri, Nirmul Committee


Ansar Ahmed Ullah

Organising Secretary, Altab Ali Memorial Foundation


United Platform Against Racism & Extremism


Syed Nahas Pasha

Editor, Janomot


Belal Ahmed

President, London Bangla Press Club