We urge people from all walks of life in Sheffield to unite in
celebration and defence of One Sheffield Many Cultures on Saturday, 8th June from 11am in the Peace Gardens.
We strongly oppose plans by the English Defence League (EDL) and their national leadership to demonstrate in Sheffield on Saturday, 8th June.
We condemn the recent brutal murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich. There can be no justification for such a terrible attack on an individual. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends.
We also oppose the cynical attempts by the EDL and others to exploit the murder to whip up racism and direct hatred against all Muslims in defiance of the wishes of Lee Rigby’s family and regiment.
The EDL is a racist group dedicated to attacking Asian people and
Muslims. Islamophobia – bigotry against Muslims – is as unacceptable as any other form of racism.
The EDL’s aim is to divide us by making scapegoats of one community, just as the Nazis did with the Jews in the 1930s.
Today they threaten Muslims, tomorrow it could be Jewish people,
Hindus, Sikhs, black people, lesbians and gay men, Travellers or Eastern Europeans. There is no place for the fascist EDL in our multicultural and multi-faith city.