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'We must not rise to EDL antagonsim'
6:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
Piers Telemacque, President of Bradford College Students’ Union, said: “Let me start by saying I’m outraged, offended and disgusted that a group like the EDL want to come to our city to try and cause racial tensions where we live.
“They want to spread a message of hate and division, particularly towards the Muslim community. They come with the intentions of intimidation, and racial and physical abuse of our families, friends and neighbours.
“We cannot and will not allow this to happen. We must stand together as a community and as Bradfordians, and say. You can come, and you will go and Bradford will NOT be divided. We will continue to live together and accept and embrace the different people, beliefs and cultures that make Bradford so unique and what it is today.
“We should not be put in a position where we have to avoid going to our city centre to shop, especially two days before EID.
“I have met numerous times with the police and the Council, and I am confident that they will do everything to ensure everyone is safe on Saturday. But, we must not rise to the EDL’s antagonistic chants, gestures or placards. We must not engage in violence or direct confrontation with these people.
“Because, the reality is that it is us who will suffer the consequences once they leave on Saturday evening. We will be the ones left with the prison sentences, we will be the ones left with divisions between people in Bradford and ultimately we will be the ones left to pick up the pieces.
“Stay safe, stay vigilant and stand together.”