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Rival groups set to bring city to standstill during protests
10:00am Friday 13th April 2012 in News
Rival groups are set to bring a city to a standstill as residents celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
A protest by anti-arms campaigners Smash EDO during the Queen’s jubilee holiday is being staged in “the worst place” for city centre traders and tourists.
Last night it emerged that up to 25 members of a rival right-wing nationalist group could attend the march.
It is claimed that EDL members will join the march on June 4, sparking fears about potential clashes.
The group is already heading to the city April 22 as part of their March for England. Smash EDO has issue an appeal for members to hold a counter demonstration at that event.
The anti-arms campaigners revealed plans to demonstrate in North Street, Brighton, on June 4 – the third day of a four-day public holiday – against a possible war with Iran.
Critics say the choice of location undermines the group’s claim that it does not want to disrupt people’s enjoyment of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Smash EDO is campaigning to close the EDO factory in Home Farm Road, Brighton, which it claims makes arms used in illegal military action overseas.
For the full story see today's Argus.