LGBT History Month event booted out of venue by far-right activists

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Members of the English Defence League chant as they prepare to march through Bristol on July 14, 2012 in Bristol, England. A large police presence was used to keep supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) - who marched to Queen Square for a rally - from a counter demonstration that was taking place at the same time by We are Bristol started in Castle Park. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

An LGBT history month event in Yorkshire was forced to be out of the venue because the far-right groups wanted to hold their event there. The LGBT History Month event had been set to be held in Rotherham town hall on February 25, with contributors from the local LGBT activists.

In spite of this, Rotherham’s Rainbow Project group have now been told that they will be unable to use the venue, after the far-right English Defence League announced a rally outside Rotherham town hall, refusing to choose another date. “We would like to confirm our Relaunch to mark LGBT History Month 2017 in Rotherham on [February 25] has been cancelled. New date to be announced shortly.” the Rainbow Project statement reads.

The statement from the local police reads: “A protest is expected to take place on Saturday 25th February 2016 from 2pm until 4pm [proceeding to] the Town Hall where speeches will take place. We have engaged with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council at every stage of the planning including during discussions about protest routes. We recognise the cumulative impact the repeated protests have on the communities of Rotherham and are resolute in our determination to keep communities safe from harm. Whilst we are obliged to facilitate peaceful protests, we are clear in our determination to work with partners to prevent crime and disorder and minimise disruption to the community. To this end, strict conditions have been imposed on timings, numbers and locations.”

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