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Labour MPs, trade unionists and faith leaders have united with anti-fascists marching against the far-right Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) in London on Saturday.
Figures such as shadow home secretary Diane Abbott and shadow chancellor John McDonnell have urged people to join the protest against the DFLA.
The DFLA – vocal supporters of infamous anti-Muslim campaigner Tommy Robinson — are marching against “child abuse” on Saturday.
But anti-fascists warn that it’s just another attempt to whip up sentiment against the Muslim community, urging people to rally at 1pm at Old Palace Yard Westminster.
Joint convener of Stand Up To Racism Sabby Dhalu said that the conviction of DFLA supporter Peter Gillett for rape and child abuse highlighted the “cynical hypocrisy” of the organisation.
“The DFLA is using this myth to march on Saturday to spread Islamophobia and racism by falsely claiming grooming, sexual abuse and exploitation are crimes only committed by Muslim men targeting white girls.”
“We will be standing up to the DFLA and urge people to join us in Westminster on Saturday.”
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