Right to protest being hindered in Manchester

Manchester City Council has called on the Home Secretary, Alan Johnson,  to ban English Defence League protest planned for next month.

DAILY TELEGRAPH, 16Sep09: Faith groups and traders have joined councillors to make the request after a similar rally in Birmingham erupted in violence.

Ninety people were arrested as anti-fascist campaigners clashed with supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) on September 5.

Gangs of men and youths hurled bottles at each other and pelted riot police with bricks as frightened shoppers looked on.

Manchester City Council says it has never had cause to stop a planned protest before and wants advice from Alan Johnson.

Birmingham City Council were successful in getting an order from the Home Secretary which banned EDL protesters from the Bullring area of the city, under section 14a of the Public Order Act.

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