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06/09/2013 09:18 BST | Updated 06/11/2013 05:12 GMT

EDL In High Court Battle For Right To March In East London

The EDL is planning to march in Tower Hamlets on Saturday
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The EDL is planning to march in Tower Hamlets on Saturday

English Defence League leaders have told a High Court judge they object to police stopping a march in east London planned for Saturday.

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Members of the far-right group have begun a legal battle for the right to demonstrate in Tower Hamlets, an area which they say is subject to "Sharia law".

Police have told Mr Justice King that they imposed restrictions on the route marchers could take because they feared an outbreak of "serious public disorder".

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The EDL describes itself - in a website "mission statement" - as a "human rights organisation" and says it believes that "proponents of radical Islam have a stranglehold on British Muslims".