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No Notice Protest

WEST MIDLANDS Police are monitoring a protest in Birmingham city centre today (Saturday 22 September).

It is understood that some community members are staging a static demonstration in the city to voice their concerns about an online film which they believe insults Islam.

Local officers are monitoring the protest and all shops and attractions in the city remain open as usual.

As on previous occasions, the police have no power to ban a static protest – in fact the right to protest peacefully is a sign of a healthy democracy and we have a positive duty to facilitate that right.

Superintendent Richard Moore, from Birmingham Central police station, said: “We want people to feel reassured and local officers will be staging an operation to ensure that everyone who comes to the city centre, be it to take part in the protests, or to go about their day to day business, can do so in safety.

“We are communicating with the community to ensure the protest runs smoothly.

“Officers will be deployed throughout the city to provide a visible reassurance to retailers, shoppers and all those visiting Birmingham.

“If necessary, any criminal or public order offences will be swiftly and proportionately dealt with.”

“People should go about their normal business in the city centre and where necessary should be guided by the officers in the area.”

Today’s protest follows a similar peaceful protest which took place yesterday.

Shops and businesses in the city remained open throughout the protest although some made the independent decision to temporarily limit access to their premises.

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