Saturday 12 October 2013: The English Defence League (EDL) returned to Bradford , in the first protest since the resignation of the EDL leadership over claims the group was riddled with far right extremists that could no longer be control.
About 300 people gathered in the static protest that was completely surrounded by 1000 police officers. There were 11 arrests for public order offences. The police operation was said to have cost £1m.
Now West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has called for chief constables to be given the powers to ban such protests.
As much as many people would probably sigh with relief that the EDL are banned from their street protests, it raises a very serious question with democracy and the right to protest; who else could face protest bans in the future should the government approve these new police powers.
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