English Defence League march in London is blocked

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Plans by the English Defence League (EDL) to march through five London boroughs have been blocked by Home Secretary Theresa May.

The EDL wanted to demonstrate in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest, Islington and Hackney on 3 September.

The Metropolitan (Met) Police feared there could be violence and disorder if the marches went ahead.

Mrs May said such rallies would be banned for 30 days to reflect the need to protect "communities and property".

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