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Planned Pegida and Newcastle Unites events

19 Feb 2015 14:23 PM

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This is information for the public in relation to the planned Pegida and Newcastle Unites events taking place in Newcastle on Saturday, February 28.

The force has met with the organisers of both groups and times and locations for the events have been agreed.

The Pegida demonstration will take place at 11am in the Bigg Market. Protesters will gather there for speeches and a demonstration.

Newcastle Unites will meet in Gallowgate at around 10:30am. They will then walk a short distance to Newgate Street where they will hold a demonstration.

There will be extra officers in and around the city on the day to ensure the events pass peacefully and that any disruption to the public is kept to a minimum.

Newcastle Chief Superintendent Laura Young said: "We have met with representatives from both of the organisations and have agreed on plans for their demonstrations.

“The organisers from both groups have assured us they do not want any trouble and their intention is to hold peaceful protests before moving on and we will act in a neutral capacity to facilitate this.

"There are other events taking place on that Saturday and the city will be busy. I want to reassure people that there will be adequate resources in place to deal with all of the events taking place that day.

“People often ask why we can’t ban 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 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 ensuring public safety and minimum disruption to the local community. “