More than two hundred people took part in a rally today hoping to raise the profile of diversity in Bristol. The event comes just 24 hours after sixteen people were arrested following an EDL march through the city.
A petition of more than 2,000 signatures is to be presented to Bristol City Council this evening, calling for a march by the English Defence League to be banned. The EDL denies any racist and far-right connections.
It says it has co-operated fully with the authorities to cause as little disruption as possible. The campaigners say similar marches in Luton and Telford have been stopped and want councillors to ask the Home Secretary to halt it. The march is due to be held in the city on Saturday 14th July.
Police are promising tough action against anyone intent on causing trouble when a controversial march by the English Defence League takes place in Bristol. A thousand officers will be in the city a week on Saturday in an operation costing more than half a million pounds.
The EDL has revealed death threats have been made against two of their members, while rival group Unite Against Fascism has told this programme it will hold a protest in the city on the same day. Richard Payne reports.