‘Stay away’ plea over city demos

BBC.CO.UK, 30 Oct 2009: Young Muslims have been urged to stay away from parts of Leeds on Saturday as the English Defence League (EDL) stages a protest against Islamic extremism.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the EDL’s rally in City Square and a rival protest by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) in Victoria Gardens. Hundreds of police officers will act as a barrier between the rival protesters.

Police visited mosques in the city on Thursday to urge young people not to get drawn into any disorder.

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