West Midlands firefighters say no to the EDL

Firefighters from the West Midlands will join anti-racist demonstrators on 1 September to oppose a planned rally of the English Defence League (EDL).

The Rally Against Hate, organised by the Worcester Trades Union Council, has been called in opposition to a ‘national event’ that the fascist EDL want to hold in Worcester following a rally they held in the city earlier this year.

Andrew Scattergood, regional secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in the West Midlands, said: “Our members will be joining other anti-racist campaigners and members of the local community in a counter-demonstration against the EDL’s presence in Worcester.

“Each day firefighters protect their communities from all sorts of dangers. They do this regardless of their race, religion, sexuality or gender. We provide a humanitarian service to those in need. This is why firefighters will be present to join the justified opposition to the division and bigotry of the EDL.

“We stand with all members of our community and we will not only protect them from the dangers of fire, but if needed, from the dangers of the far-right. The rise in far-right activity is alarming and appears to be getting stronger. However, with every ounce of strength they gain, I have full confidence that the people of Worcester and beyond will meet this with a message of peace, inclusion and justice.”

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