Community in Brent unites against plans for far-right group to march in Cricklewood
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A far-right organisation is planning to hold a second protest outside the headquarters of a major Egyptian political group in Cricklewood on Saturday.
Members of South East Alliance (SEA) are due to demonstrate outside a flat above shops in Cricklewood Broadway which is speculated to be the headquarters of Muslim Brotherhood (MB).
MB was a praised political group in Egypt but were ousted from power amid popular demonstrations.
They are believed to be launching a fight-back against Egypt’s military rulers from their new home.
SEA, who held a protest at the same spot last month, deny they have links to the English Defence League claiming they are ‘a non-political community based street movement’.
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However, their Facebook page is filled with anti-Muslim posts.
North West London United (NWLU) is an alliance of groups which was formed specifically to oppose the march.
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The Rt Rev Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden and Deputy Bishop of London, the North West Islamic Cultural Centre, Brent Trades Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council and Andrew Dismore, London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, are among those who have signed a statement by NWLU calling on people to oppose the march by joining their peaceful counter demonstration on Saturday at noon.
A spokesman said: “Cricklewood is one of the most multicultural areas in the UK and we are proud of our diversity. The intention of this fascist group is to provoke hatred and division, something that has no place in our community.
“A big presence of local residents to oppose the fascist march on Saturday will send a clear signal that their violent racism is not welcome here.”
In January, far-right political group British First held an identical march outside the flat.
SEA are expected to start demonstrating at 1pm.