An Eid event, celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims, has been cancelled due to security concerns post Brexit, local media reported.
Thousands were expected to attend the annual Islamic event in a park in Southampton, the largest city in Hampshire county south of England, following a planned demonstration by the right-wing South Coast Resistance group together with members of Pie and Mash Squad, calling for “an end to mass immigration.”
Pie and Mash Squad describe themselves as “a group of people who love Pie n Mash and Britain the way it used to be.”
On social media, the right-wingers encouraged demonstrators to “join us to celebrate Brexit and an end to mass immigration.”
On June 23, Britain voted to leave the European Union, buttressing the right-wing tied, who want to see an end to immigrants coming to the UK.
The anti-immigration demonstrations, meanwhile, were not planned for the same day, organizers still thought it was “for the good of all communities” to cancel it.
“We have considered the political situation and unrest in UK after leaving the EU, the rise of racist activity and comments around other cities around the country, and Pie and Mash deciding to visit Southampton,” Shere Sattar, chairman of the British Bangladesh Cultural Academy, told the BBC.
He added: “We the British Bangladeshi Cultural Academy with other organizations have decided that for the good for all communities in our city it would be best if we cancel the huge gathering in the city park for Eidul Fitre prayer.”
Sattar said he hope to hold other events in Southampton later this year.
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