The EDL had lost a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate, and the Metropolitan Police said they feared it would cause “serious public disorder”.
Lawyer for the EDL, Jamas Hodivala, told the court that the group chose Tower Hamlets because, in their opinion, the area has become “subject to Sharia law”.
A judge sanctioned the police order on Friday, quashing an EDL challenge and accepting the Met Police’s argument that the march’s route was “unnecessarily provocative”. The Tower Hamlets borough has the biggest Muslim population in the country.
Tommy Robinson, leader of the EDL contested the ruling in a tweet:
So it’s official , tower hamlets is a no go borough for people who wish to criticise Islam