The English Defence League (EDL) have cancelled plans to hold a flash demonstration outside of the ‘Discover Islam’ centre in Luton later this month.
The group claims that the decision has been made following ‘positive conversation’ with Lenos Wilson, chairman of The Non Violence Alliance.
Speaking on behalf of the EDL, joint leader Kevin Carroll said: “The reason for our decision is that we have been contacted by an organisation called ‘The Non Violence Alliance’ who have argued, quite convincingly, that our efforts would be better spent on activities less likely to result in needless confrontation.
“The chairman of the scheme, Lenos Wilson, is a well-respected member of the West Indian Community and we are grateful for any advice that he is able to provide concerning the additional measures that we can take to both safeguard our future demonstrations from violent ‘counter protestors’ and to ensure that no one who is looking for trouble is attracted to the EDL.”
Mr Wilson had first got in contact with the EDL following the Channel 4 documentary ‘Proud and Prejudiced.”
Unhappy with the way that the programme represented Luton, he teamed up with Leeroy Jenkins of www.nextuplocal.com and Dennis Riley of Tropical FM to create a new film.
Mr Jackson said: “Our film will be a more representative version of what our town is really like and everyone will have the opportunity to have their say.
“It will include footage from the Mela, the carnival and all the positive things that do go on in Luton.”
Anyone wishing to take part in the film should visit www.nextuplocal.com.
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