Open letter: EDL not welcome in High Wycombe - no to exploitation of victims of sexual abuse - no to the demonising of Muslims - don't let the racists divide us

We the undersigned condemn the decision by the English Defence League (EDL) to come to High Wycombe on Saturday 9th April to exploit the suffering of Buckinghamshire victims of child sexual exploitation to further its own selfish ends.

This is not the first time that the EDL have tried to take advantage of the suffering of exploited children. They have also tried to use the abuse of children in Rotheram and Oxfordshire to stir up hatred against Muslims, blaming whole communities for the actions of a few criminals.

Sexual exploitation is an appalling crime, but it is not linked to ethnicity or religion. As the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre point out, ‘Child sexual exploitation is not confined to one community, age, demographic, social status or gender.’ We support and seek justice for all victims of sexual exploitation regardless of their social or ethnic background.

The EDL is also attempting to demonise the local Muslim community as supporters of terrorism in its efforts to stir up racist hatred. Such demonising of Muslims has led to an increase in abuse and violent hate crimes against Muslims.

The EDL is a racist and fascist organisation dedicated to attacking Asian people and Muslims. Islamophobia – bigotry against Muslims – is as unacceptable as any other form of racism. Today they threaten Muslims, tomorrow it could be Jewish people, Hindus, Sikhs, black people, LGBT people, Travellers or East Europeans. The EDL has already widened the scope of its attacks to include refugees fleeing war.

We urge people of goodwill to support the ‘EDL not welcome in High Wycombe’ statement and join other High Wycombe residents protesting against the EDL on Saturday 9th April

No to the EDL exploiting the suffering of victims of abuse
Justice for the victims
Don't let the racists divide us.

Open letter initiated by DWP Bucks and Oxon PCS with Unite Against Fascism

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