EDL in court fight over march bid
Leaders of the English Defence League have begun a High Court fight for the right to demonstrate in an area of east London which they say is "subject to Sharia law".
They told a judge at a hearing in London that they objected to police preventing an English Defence League (EDL) march - planned for Saturday - entering Tower Hamlets.
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".
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".
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