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Who are the English Defence League?

Bristol is bracing itself for one of the most controversial political rallies of recent years. On Saturday the anti-Islamic English Defence League will march through part of the centre.

The route has been agreed with police, but opponents are planning a counter-demonstration and there are fears it could all overshadow the Gay Pride festival taking place nearby.

But who are the English Defence League? Their critics accuse them of being racists - something they deny. Our Politcal Correspondent Bob Constantine reports.

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Petition calls for English Defence League march ban

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.

The march will be held on Saturday 14th July

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 officers take to the streets over budget cuts

Thousands of police officers took to the streets of London today, many from our region, to protest about how budget cuts are directly affecting them.

They say cuts will mean a loss of front-line services.

The Chief Constable of Gloucestershire, Tony Melville, who's resigning over government changes to the police service, was at today's march and spoke to officers before it began.

Our political correspondent Bob Constantine has been following events in the capital:

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Chief Constable of Gloucestershire to join protest march

Chief Constable of Gloucestershire, Tony Melville, is joining the march Credit: ITV West

The Chief Constable of Gloucestershire will join thousands of officers at a protest march in London today.

Tony Melville, who is resigning over budget cuts, has taken a day off to take part.

The march, similar to this one in 2008, is in protest at cuts to force budgets and proposed changes in terms and conditions. Off-duty officers from across the region, inlcuding two hundred from Dorset, will also be there.

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