We have an appointment with Sussex Police on Monday to deliver the petition! They seem to be interested and taking it very seriously. The vast majority of the signatures were from the Brighton and Hove area. We will also submit a copy to the council, who have responsibilities regarding the March For England.
To: Sussex Police, re March For England
Police: Stop the March For England bringing violence to Brighton
Each year March For England comes to Brighton to protest against diversity in our country, bringing with them violence and intimidation. We, the people of Brighton and of elsewhere in the UK, do not want them to march next year, or ever again!
Why is this important?
In 2014 and 2013 the reported cost of policing this group was £1million in Brighton alone. There were 27 arrests during the 2014 march, and several violent clashes bringing injury to bystanders and destruction to property.
The Marchers and EDL members often stay in town once the march is over and create an atmosphere of intimidation, often resulting in further violence.
It is clear that the people of Brighton do not want the March to take place, and make their presence known along the route.
Free speech is important in our country, nobody wants to deny peaceful protest no matter how abhorrent the opinions of the protesters are to us. But when a protest consistently brings violence, stands for racism, hatred of minorities and scapegoating, AND costs the tax payer hundreds of thousands of pounds to police, it's time to put an end to it. They are disturbing the peace and inciting hatred, and we want to stop them marching through our town.
To show how serious this cause is, I include a link to a short video. This shows one of the mass street fights which occurred during the march, which police were powerless to prevent. WARNING contains violent scenes. http://youtu.be/uU8TnvCgBqQ
How it will be delivered
The petition will be delivered in person to Brighton Police Station.