The ‘Sikhs Against the EDL’ have announced they will be joining an anti-racism protest to be held in Cambridge.

They will join with members of the Cambridge Unite Against Fascism (CUAF) as English Defence League (EDL) hold a protest in Cambridge on Saturday 23 February.

Initially the EDL intended to hold a march but now have announced to hold only a static protest.

This would be the second time the EDL would be turning up in Cambridge in two years.

The last time, in July 2011, when they attempted to march to protest against a mosque some 2,000 anti-racists blocked the streets of Cambridge.

The EDL were able to muster only 200. The counter protest then was also called by Cambridge UAF and led by Kick Racism Out of Football and Cambridge Fans United.

The ‘Sikhs Against the EDL’ group was formed two and half years ago in response to some mis-guided Sikh youth then supporting the EDL.

They also used to carry Sikh flag on the EDL marches and use Sikh insignia and emblems in their anti-Muslim propaganda.

However, most of those Sikh youth have since left the EDL, largely due to the campaign led by the Sikhs Against the EDL.

Balwinder Singh Rana, spokesperson for Sikhs Against the EDL, said, “We must keep up the pressure and we must keep showing solidarity with all anti-racists and Muslim brothers and sisters. The EDL may have been wounded but they have not yet been defeated.”

“In the current economic climate with mass unemployment and austerity the racists will always try to blame the minorities for all the problems. And when they go looking for scapegoats we are an easily identifiable target. They would also try to divide our communities to turn us against each other. "But now is the time for all minorities and white anti-racists to unite together and show to these racists that they would not win.”