UPDATE: Two men have been arrested after the EDL and members of the Muslim community held demonstrations in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.


High ranking members of the English Defence League have been defeated in their High Court bid to hold a demonstration in Tower Hamlets, an area the EDL claims is “subject to Sharia law”.

The Met Police banned a proposed march to be held in the East London suburb on Saturday, with officers imposing the restrictions to prevent any outbreaks of “serious public disorder”.

Judge Mr Justice King ruled against the EDL, stating that the Met’s decision was reasonable. The Judge also blocked the group from pursuing a judicial review.

During the hearing, lawyers acting on behalf of the far right group argued that the police had imposed a ban on the demonstration due to concerns over counter-demonstrations, adding that the EDL simply wwanted to publicise the fact that the suburb was now subject to Sharia law and those that did not comply were often beaten.

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Lawyers said the EDL - which describes itself as a "human rights organisation" and says it believes that "proponents of radical Islam have a stranglehold on British Muslims" - wanted to demonstrate peacefully.

But the Metropolitan Police said senior officers had decided to stop the march a third of a mile short of its intended destination in the hope of preventing "serious" disorder.

Police lawyers said people taking part in EDL marches could be "unreasonably" provocative.

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They said police thought that between 1,000 and 2,000 people would take part in the EDL march and "several thousand" in counter demonstrations by groups including Unite Against Fascism.

They said, if EDL marchers protested in the "faces" of the people their demonstration was aimed at and rival demonstrators clashed, police would be faced with "crisis management".

Mr Justice King, who was told that Tower Hamlets had the biggest Muslim population in the country, said the EDL had not shown the police decision to be unlawful, irrational, unreasonable or disproportionate.

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    The English Defence League (EDL) at a march in east London despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

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    The English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson, also known as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, at a march in east London despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

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    A member of the public watches the English Defence League (EDL) as they march in east London, the protest has gone ahead despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

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    English Defence League (EDL) march in east London, the protest has gone ahead despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

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    The English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson, also known as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, speaks at a march in east London that has gone ahead despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

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    Police lines near Tower Bridge in London as the English Defence League (EDL) march despite them losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

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    The English Defence League (EDL) march near Tower Bridge in London despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

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    The English Defence League (EDL) march near Tower Bridge in London despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

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    Members of the UAF gather during an English Defence League (EDL)march in east London that has gone ahead despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

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    Police hold back the English Defence League (EDL) march near Tower Bridge in London despite them losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

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    ALTERNATIVE CROPThe English Defence League (EDL) at a march in east London despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

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    Police detain a man as the English Defence League (EDL) march in east London that has gone ahead despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

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    Police hold back the English Defence League (EDL) march near Tower Bridge in London despite them losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

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    Members of the EDL lay a wreath during a march in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

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    A members of the EDL is led away by police after march in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

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    Members of the EDL clash with anti-fascist supporters after march in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

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    Members of the EDL clash with anti-fascist supporters after march in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

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    EDL demonstrators on Whitehall near to outside Downing Street, London.

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    Members of the English Defence League (EDL) pose for a photograph with EDL leader Tommy Robinson (3rd R) outside the Old Bailey, in London, on June 6, 2013. The EDL gathered outside the Old Bailey Thursday during the sentencing of six men who planned a terror attack on an EDL rally in 2012. The plot failed when the men arrived at the event two hours too late. Omar Mohammed Khan, Mohammed Hasseen, Anzal Hussain, Mohammed Saud, Zohaib Ahmed and Jewel Uddin were in court at the start of a two-day sentencing. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Members of the English Defence League (EDL) pose for a photograph with EDL leader Tommy Robinson (2nd R) outside the Old Bailey, in London, on June 6, 2013. The EDL gathered outside the Old Bailey Thursday during the sentencing of six men who planned a terror attack on an EDL rally in 2012. The plot failed when the men arrived at the event two hours too late. Omar Mohammed Khan, Mohammed Hasseen, Anzal Hussain, Mohammed Saud, Zohaib Ahmed and Jewel Uddin were in court at the start of a two-day sentencing. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson (right) with English Defence League supporters outside the Old Bailey in central London, as six Islamic extremists are sentenced for plotting a deadly attack on an EDL rally.

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    English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson with supporters outside the Old Bailey in central London, as six Islamic extremists are sentenced for plotting a deadly attack on an EDL rally.

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    English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson (centre) with EDL supporters outside the Old Bailey in central London, as six Islamic extremists are sentenced for plotting a deadly attack on an EDL rally.

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    English Defence League supporters secure flags to barriers outside the Old Bailey in central London, as six Islamic extremists are sentenced for plotting a deadly attack on an EDL rally.

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    English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson outside the Old Bailey in central London, as six Islamic extremists are sentenced for plotting a deadly attack on an EDL rally.

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    English Defence League supporters outside the Old Bailey in central London, as six Islamic extremists are sentenced for plotting a deadly attack on an EDL rally.

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    An English Defence League supporter outside the Old Bailey in central London, as six Islamic extremists are sentenced for plotting a deadly attack on an EDL rally.

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    File photo dated 06/06/13 of English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson (centre) with EDL supporters outside the Old Bailey in central London, as Robinson has admitted the far-right group the has "completely questionable" tactics.

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    WOOLWICH, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Supporters of the EDL are shadowed by police officers on June 29, 2013 in Woolwich, England. Supporters of the English Defence League have gathered at the site where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed, to mark Armed Forces Day. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

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    WOOLWICH, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: A supporter of the EDL with a large tattoo on his back on June 29, 2013 in Woolwich, England. Supporters of the English Defence League have gathered at the site where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed, to mark Armed Forces Day. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: A close up view of joint EDL leader Tommy Robinson's legs as he walks down The Mall on June 29, 2013 in London, England. The leaders of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson and co-leader Kevin Carroll planned to march from Hyde Park to Woolwich to raise money for a young girl fighting against neuroblastoma, but were arrested outside Aldgate East Tube Station. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

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    WOOLWICH, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: A supporter of the EDL gestures to the public on June 29, 2013 in Woolwich, England. Supporters of the English Defence League have gathered at the site where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed, to mark Armed Forces Day. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

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    WOOLWICH, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: A supporter of the EDL gestures to the media on June 29, 2013 in Woolwich, England. Supporters of the English Defence League have gathered at the site where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed, to mark Armed Forces Day. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

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    WOOLWICH, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: A supporter of the EDL gestures to the public on June 29, 2013 in Woolwich, England. Supporters of the English Defence League have gathered at the site where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed, to mark Armed Forces Day. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

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    Anti-fascist supporters clash with police as they are moved on before the EDL march reaches Leeds City Square.

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    People gather before an EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    An EDL member is attend by police during an EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    A man holds a flag during a EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    People participate in an EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    EDL members face up to the police during a EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    EDL members clash with the police during a EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    EDL membe vlash with the police during a EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    EDITORS NOTE GESTURES. People gather before an EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    EDL members clash with the police during a EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    A EDL member receives first aid from the police after being injured during a EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    People participate in an EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    A woman with an Algerian flag is removed by police as EDL members gather march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    An injured EDL member gives a victory sign during a EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    EDITORS NOTE GESTURES. People gather before an EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    Riot police during an EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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    A man wearing an EDL polo shirt has his head bandaged during an EDL march at Centenary Square in Birmingham.