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Anti-racists announce counter march to Tommy Robinson rally in Cambridge

People will be gathering to oppose the march for Tommy Robinson in Cambridge this weekend.

Stand Up to Racism (SUR) and Unite Against Fascism (UAF) have organised a counter protest on Saturday (July 21) in Donkey Common – after becoming "concerned with the rise in Islamophobia and the far right".

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, was jailed for 13 months for contempt of court on May 25 this year – after being subject to a suspended prison sentence for contempt of court before.

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Contempt of court is a law that ensures each person is given a fair trial. This means that anything published which creates a substantial risk of seriously prejudicing 'active' criminal proceedings is against the law.

Robinson was arrested outside Leeds Crown Court for filming and broadcasting details of a trial which was subject to reporting restrictions.

The judge who jailed the activist said his actions may cause a re-trial which would cost the taxpayer "hundreds and hundreds of thousands of pounds."

But hundreds of his supporters will be attending a march from Parker's Piece to Midsummer Common to stand up for free speech and the 'persecution' of Tommy Robinson.

In a statement, said to be signed by Daniel Zeichner MP, SUR and UAF gave their reasons for holding a counter march.

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It reads: "Supporters of Tommy Robinson have said they will march in Cambridge. Using the smoke screen of 'defending free speech', they are trying to rebuild a far right street movement in Britain.

"These people are not interested in free speech, but want to silent those they disagree with.

"They have a record of violence towards minorities, particularly Muslims' wherever they go, division, violence and racism follow.

"There is no place in Cambridge's proudly diverse, multi cultural and multi faith community for the sort of racism espoused by Robinson and many of his supporters.

"We stand proudly alongside our Muslim brothers and sisters, and welcome the arrival of refugees in our city.

"We won't let the racists divide us, and call for the utmost unity against their poisonous aims."

People will be assembling for the anti racism march at around 2pm in Donkey Common (opposite the swimming pool).

Speakers at the Stand up to Racism march will include Mr Zeichner and Alex Mayer MEP.

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