EDL demonstration

Around 40 members of the English Defence League are holding a demonstration outside Parliament today.

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EDL members set fire to Islamic symbols

Members of the far-right English Defence League have been staging a protest in Westminster.

Only around 40 members of the EDL joined the demonstration. Credit: London Tonight.
The EDL were vastly outnumbered by police and journalists. Credit: London Tonight.
Members of the EDL set fire to Islamic symbols. Credit: London Tonight.
Some of the group covered their faces. Credit: London Tonight.

Pictures: EDL demonstration

Around 40 members of the English Defence League are holding a demonstration outside Parliament today.

The group were denied permission to march through Walthamstow by the Home Secretary.

The EDL had originally planned to march through Walthamstow. Credit: London Tonight.
EDL members waved banners. Credit: London Tonight.
Around 40 people turned out for the demonstration. Credit: London Tonight.
The far-right group demonstrated in Parliament Square. Credit: London Tonight.

EDL moves protest to Parliament

EDL protestors at a demonstration in central England (May 1, 2010)

Far-right group English Defence League (EDL) will protest outside Parliament today.

The EDL originally planned to demonstrate in Walthamstow, but the MET Police banned all marches there for 30 days.

EDL says it's a movement opposed to Islamic extremism, but critics say it's racist.

Waltham Forest Councillor Chris Robbins says the ban "is a victory for the ordinary residents."

But EDL has told the police it will try to stage more protests there once the ban is lifted.

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EDL march banned

EDL demonstrators at Aldgate station in September 2011 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A planned march by the English Defence League through Walthamstow this weekend has been banned by the Home Secretary.

The ban prevents all marches in Waltham Forest, Islington, Tower Hamlets and Newham for 30 days.

Protesters will be allowed to gather outside the Houses of Parliament for an hour.

Police say they were concerned there would be serious disorder if the march went ahead.

Chief Superintendent Peter Terry said: "We have made this decision based on specific intelligence and information, and our message is clear, we do not want people coming into the areas to attend these events."