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Tommy Robinson Hints Tower Hamlets EDL Rally Will Go Ahead Despite High Court Loss

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

The English Defence League is expected to hold a march in east London today despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

Leaders had wanted to rally in an area in Tower Hamlets which they say is "subject to Sharia law", but Judge Mr Justice King yesterday ruled that a police decision to impose restrictions over fears of "serious public disorder" was reasonable and proportionate.

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EDL leader Tommy Robinson hinted the rally would be going ahead today

Police said the route of the march - which must take place between midday and 3pm - will include Queen Elizabeth Street, Tower Bridge Road, Tower Bridge Approach, The Minories and then into Aldgate High Street.

EDL leader Tommy Robinson today tweeted that he understood the "frustration" surrounding the judge's decision but hinted the march would still be taking place.

"I know people are angry and frustrated about yesterday's decision but today must pass off peacefully. Police on the street are not our enemy," he wrote.

Earlier he posted: "We are coming down the road #EDL"

Organisers have been told they must not to go beyond the junction with Mansell Street.

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 wanted to publicise the fact that the suburb was now subject to Sharia law and those that did not comply were often beaten.

Scotland Yard 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 told the High Court hearing that people taking part in EDL marches could be "unreasonably" provocative.

They said 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.

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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.

Chief Superintendent Jim Read said: "We must listen to our communities and what concerns them the most, and that includes addressing what they say makes them feel afraid on their own streets.

"We must also uphold the right to protest, it is a fundamental part of our society."

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