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Planned protest in Sunderland

November 14, 2012, 5:46 pm

Northumbria Police has been advised there will be a demonstration in Millfield on Saturday, November 17.

The organisers of the protest, the Northern Patriotic Front, have assured police their intention is to stage a peaceful protest at noon on Saturday. It’s anticipated the protest will last one hour, the group will then disperse. There is also expected to be a counter protest.

Extra police officers will be in the area to reassure residents and deal with any issues.

Sunderland Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, said: “We understand there will be feelings of concern and vulnerability within the community around this event and want to offer our reassurance to residents that we will do everything we can to ensure their safety.

“The organisers have assured us they do not want any trouble and their intention is to hold a short peaceful assembly before moving on and police will act in a neutral capacity to facilitate this. We expect those attending to ensure they do behave peacefully and they don’t become involved in trouble.

“It’s expected there will be a counter protest and we also expect all those attending to behave peacefully and not become involved in any trouble.

“We will deal with anyone causing problems will be dealt with.

“We have been working closely with our local communities to keep them informed and reassure them since the protests first started in the summer and we will continue to do so.

“We would like to thank local residents in advance for their cooperation and understanding, and would urge any with any concerns to contact police.

“Many people have been asking why we cant ban the protests, police forces do not have the power to ban a protest or the right to peaceful assembly. This is a fundamental democratic right and is laid down in the European Convention of Human Rights.

“On certain occasions we can insist on certain conditions being applied to ensure we preserve public safety, prevent crime, serious disorder and serious damage and protect the rights of others

“Our priority is and will remain ensuring public safety and minimum disruption to the local community. “

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