Over 120 individuals and organisations have signed an open letter launched by Oxford Unite Against Fascism condemning the decision by the English Defence League to call a national demonstration in Oxford following the jailing of a group of men for sexual exploitation of children. Local councillors, trade union branches and trade union activists, and concerned citizens are included in those who accuse the EDL of exploiting the suffering of victims of abuse in an attempt to stir up race hatred against the Muslim community.

The EDL is a violent racist organisation that is always seeking to demonise Muslims.   Now it wants to cynically exploit the terrible suffering of abused children in Oxfordshire to attack Muslims, stating it wants to "keep a blowtorch on the Oxford Muslim community" The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre reports that child sexual exploitation is not confined to one community, age, demographic, social status or gender.  We can't allow the EDL to turn the failure to protect children from sexual exploitation into a racist campaign to advance the EDL's fascist politics.

UAF are aiming to do a press release reporting the extent of support for the statement in the next couple of days.  Please sign and circulate the statement, and encourage your TU branch officers, stewards, community leaders, etc to sign. The statement can be found here.


  • No to EDL exploiting suffering of victims of abuse
  • Justice for the victims
  • Don't let the racists divide us

7 pm Thursday 26th March  - Oxford Town Hall


  • Weyman Bennett  joint national secretary UAF
  • Van Coulter – Oxford City Labour Councillor
  • Ruthi Brandt – Oxford City Green Councillor
  • Dr Ramzy Director Islamic Information Centre and representative of Muslim Council of Great Britain
  • Debbie Hollingsworth - Womens Officer Oxfordshire County UNISON

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Demonstrate against the EDL 

  • No to EDL exploiting suffering of victims of abuse
  • Justice for the victims
  • Don't let the racists divide us

Saturday 4th April. Assemble 12 noon  Bonn Square.

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Help UAF to build the rally and protest against the EDL:
Mon 23 Mar 12-1pm  - Stall, Carfax
Tues 24 Mar  4.30-6pm -  Tesco Stall, Cowley Road
Weds 25 Mar 12 -1pm – Stall, Bonn Square
Thurs  26 Mar  4.30-6pm – Stall, Co-op Cowley Centre
Fri 27 Mar 12.30pm – Oxford Central Mosque, Manzil Way
Sat 28 Mar 1-2pm - Stall, Bonn Square

Please mail back if you can help.