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London Mayor Vs Lord as Sadiq Vows to Tame Protest on Oct.27

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Diwali celebrations at Trafalgar Square in London

The mayor said despite the police restrictions, it is possible that the protest, or parts of it, could seek to breach the conditions imposed and make their way to protest outside the Indian High Commission at Holborn…. reports Asian Lite News

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan to discuss policing plan with Met chief Cressida Dick as controversial British politician Lord Nazir Ahmed and his supporters vow to protest in front of India House on October 27.

In a letter to Navin Shah, the London Assembly Member for Brent & Harrow, the mayor hailed the Met police preparations to maintain law and order on October 27.

The mayor said despite the police restrictions, it is possible that the protest, or parts of it, could seek to breach the conditions imposed and make their way to protest outside the High Commission.

Pakistani agencies are sponsoring coaches from various parts of Britain to muster support. Asian Lite receives several complaints about mosques were used to drum up support for the protest march.

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Lord Nazir Ahmed

Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham condemned the decision of the police to impose restrictions and said he will go to the Indian High Commission as usual.

“This is unacceptable and undemocratic act to ban peaceful march to the Indian High Commission. I will be going to the Indian High Commission as every year,” the Lord who is facing a rape trial on Dec.2 told The News.

“As I stated in my previous letter, I am clear that holding this march on Diwali will only deepen divisions at a time when Londoners need to come together,” the mayor said in his letter. “As you know, the power to ban marches of this nature lies with the Home Secretary, not with me as the Mayor of London. That’s why I have called on all those considering taking part in it to think again and cancel their plans.

It is possible that the protest, or parts of it, could seek to breach the conditions imposed and make their way to protest outside the High Commission

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“Whilst I am yet to hear back from the Home Secretary, following my representations to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner I have received confirmation from the Metropolitan Police that in order to prevent serious disruption to London they have applied strict conditions on the protest taking place on 27 October 2019.

These conditions mean that the march and any assembly is restricted to take place between Parliament Street, Whitehall and Trafalgar Square.

“The Metropolitan Police have informed me that whilst this prevents assembly and protest outside the Indian High Commission, it is possible that the protest, or parts of it, could seek to breach the conditions imposed and make their way to protest outside the High Commission. The police have reassured me that a robust policing plan will be in place to ensure the security of the High Commission of India, and also to take quick steps to minimise any disruption caused.”

Met Impose Restrictions

The Metropolitan Police has imposed conditions upon marches and rallies being planned by a number of pro-Kashmiri protest groups, scheduled to take place in London on Sunday, 27 October.

The Met is liaising closely with the protest organisers and the High Commission of India to prepare for the policing operation. The Met will take all necessary steps to ensure the security and integrity of the High Commission of India and the safety of those who work there or visit on the day.

 “Hundreds of protests take place each year in London, representing many different causes and views,” said DAC Matt Twist, the Gold Commander in charge of the policing operation. “We understand that this is a significant anniversary date for those protesting, and also recognise this falls on the important Hindu festival of Diwali. My intention on the day will be to balance the rights of those protesting with those who may be affected by it. We will take all necessary steps to prevent crime and disorder.

“Those attending the demonstrations can expect to see a significant police presence. Taking into account the anticipated number of protestors, and in order to prevent serious disruption, we have imposed pre-event conditions on the Free Kashmir protest under Sections 12 and 14 of the Public Order Act. The assembly and march must start in Parliament Street, process along Whitehall and conclude in Trafalgar Square. These are very iconic London locations, allowing good visibility of the protest, but will avoid the serious disruption that would be caused if roads closer to the High Commission became blocked.”

Notice under Section 12 Public Order Act 1986: In order to prevent serious disruption to the community, the following conditions have been placed upon this procession.

 by . Any procession on Sunday, 27 October that is associated with the Muslim Action Forum, World Muslim Federation, Pakistan Patriotic Front, Overseas Pakistan Welfare Council, Jammu Kashmir National Awami Party, the PTi AJK or any other Pro Kashmiri Groups must;

– Start at Parliament Street (see map A)
– The procession must not commence before 14:00
– The route of the procession must follow the following route:
o Parliament Street
o Whitehall
o Trafalgar Square

Failure to adhere to these conditions may lead to arrest and prosecution. The conditions may be subject to change by the senior officer present – if in doubt please consult a police officer.

Notice under Section 14 Public Order Act 1986:

In order to prevent serious disruption to the community, the following conditions have been placed upon this assembly.

Any static assembly that is held in London on Sunday, 27 October that is associated with the Muslim Action Forum, World Muslim Federation, Pakistan Patriotic Front, Overseas Pakistan Welfare Council, Jammu Kashmir National Awami Party, the PTi AJK or any other pro-Kashmiri group, must;

  1. Preceding any Procession must be located in Parliament Street (see map 1)
    2. Following any Procession must be located in Trafalgar Square (see map 2)
    Failure to adhere to these conditions may lead to arrest and prosecution. The conditions may be subject to change by the senior officer present – if in doubt please consult a police officer.

 

 

 

 

 

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