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Lincolnshire protest march against migrant workers 'must stay peaceful'

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 05, 2011

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A PLANNED protest march against migrant workers is expected to go ahead.

Police and Boston Borough Council are among the organisations now working to make sure the march, scheduled to happen on November 19, passes peacefully.

Co-ordinator of the march Dean Everitt, 42, of Wyberton, said the number of migrant workers in Boston had motivated them to organise the gathering.

"There are school-leavers who can't get a job because migrants are taking them and working longer hours for less pay," He said.

"The problem is simple – they need to shut the floodgates.

"People are welcome to turn up and support us, as long as it is peaceful."

The march has been promoted on Facebook and the group has more than 2,400 members.

Chief Inspector Lee Pache, of Lincolnshire police, said: "We are aware of the Facebook page and have been notified by a member of the public of their wish to hold a protest march in Boston.

"Police are working with Boston Borough Council and other partners to ensure any planned protest or assembly within Boston is lawful and peaceful.

"Everyone in the community has a democratic right to have their voice heard, but any demonstration or comment on social media must not incite racial hatred or criminal activity, as this is an offence and any such offences will be dealt with by police accordingly."

Councillor Peter Bedford, leader of Boston Borough Council, defended the rights of citizens of the European Union to travel to the area for work.

He said: "Freedom of movement means that EU citizens have a legal right to be here. They come to work.

"Boston Borough Council works hard to deal with the issues their presence has generated.

"A minority of those who come present difficulties and we work with other agencies, including the Government-sponsored reconnection scheme, which helps people return home.

"We continue to work hard with the migrant workers, their families, community groups and other partner agencies to aid successful integration and to deal with the pressure that such large numbers have presented.

"I have had a meeting with our MP, Mark Simmonds, to discuss immigration and the impact on Boston and, as a council, we continue to press the Government for more resources."

He urged organisers to do all in their power to ensure any protest march taking place in Boston remained peaceful and lawful.

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  • starman1961  |  October 12 2011, 10:54PM

    No, this march shouldn't be cancelled because I personally don't agree with it, that would be ridiculous. I and others are simply questioning the motive of why migration/immigration is the central issue given that it is clear that austerity measures are the biggest problem. Also that anti muslim Islamahphobes including the EDL are eager to jump on board and who are saying things like "This could be the next big thing" on their websites. If the organisers really wanted to avoid a racist hate fest then they WOULD cancel out of opposition to racism and Fascism. We can Suppose they will later claim they were "hijacked by the far right" Yeah right !

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  • Steve_Lincoln  |  October 12 2011, 8:33PM

    Why should they cancel it starman, because you don't agree with it? It's a legitimate march for a legitimate reason, one that people obviously care about and want to do something about. Just because it doesn't concern you, it clearly does others.

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  • Steve_Lincoln  |  October 12 2011, 8:30PM

    Why should they cancel it starman, because you don't agree with it? It's a legitimate march for a legitimate reason, one that people obviously care about and want to do something about. Just because it doesn't concern you, it clearly does others.

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  • starman1961  |  October 12 2011, 12:02AM

    No sooner was it about migrant workers from Eastern Europe and then it's about Muslims. Who next in this fast developing Boston Tea Party racist hate fest. Comment from ptl66 shows that EDL types and assorted *mindless violent morons" (thanks FoS) are clearly on board now. Perhaps Nick Griffin will turn up for a fundraiser ! Why then don't the organisers of this event cancel it. Your turn to speak Dean Everitt......

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  • dayus  |  October 11 2011, 9:47PM

    Tell those school leavers to work harder for less pay. Simples!

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  • loree68  |  October 11 2011, 7:55PM

    I believe that if ONLY boston people got behind the march it WOULD be peaceful. Unfortunately there is a lot of interest from other areas who may be out to cause trouble. If the police have enough manpower to protect BOTH parties it could be peaceful. As said we will see what happens, but i for one is very cautious about working in the town that day. the trains and buses may bring hundreds of troublemakers from other parts of the country. I still don't understand what the organiser hopes to achieve or even that it is on a very busy saturday with the markets and shoppers from around the area.

  • starman1961  |  October 11 2011, 5:27PM

    @FoS..Yes you are right about football the main focus is the game, with racism being the SECONDARY issue introduced by "morons" - unlike this march where blaiming and scapegoating migrants is the one CENTRAL issue which as a result WILL be fully responsible for attracting racist and Fascist morons. Thanks for helping to clarify that.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  October 11 2011, 4:26PM

    It seems you may be missing the point starman. The fact that the march may attract morons does not make it a "racist march". Football matches attract mindless violent morons, but it isn't the fault of the players.

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  • starman1961  |  October 11 2011, 1:44PM

    Well, if this march goes ahead we will see clearly what types it attracts. The authorities are also clearly concerned re: "racial hatred" and "criminal activity" in relation to THIS protest but I suppose you also dismiss these concerns as "racist" and "bigoted". How convienient.

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  • Steve_Lincoln  |  October 11 2011, 11:46AM

    starman, just because people are marching against migrant labour, it doesn't make them racist. You are the only one here being racist and bigoted.

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