Lincolnshire Echo – October 5, 2011
A PLANNED protest march against migrant workers is expected to go ahead.
Police and Boston Borough Council are among the organisations now working to make sure the march, scheduled to happen on November 19, passes peacefully.
Co-ordinator of the march Dean Everitt, 42, of Wyberton, said the number of migrant workers in Boston had motivated them to organise the gathering.
“There are school-leavers who can’t get a job because migrants are taking them and working longer hours for less pay,” He said.
“The problem is simple – they need to shut the floodgates.
“People are welcome to turn up and support us, as long as it is peaceful.”
The march has been promoted on Facebook and the group has more than 2,400 members.
Chief Inspector Lee Pache, of Lincolnshire police, said: “We are aware of the Facebook page and have been notified by a member of the public of their wish to hold a protest march in Boston.
“Police are working with Boston Borough Council and other partners to ensure any planned protest or assembly within Boston is lawful and peaceful.
“Everyone in the community has a democratic right to have their voice heard, but any demonstration or comment on social media must not incite racial hatred or criminal activity, as this is an offence and any such offences will be dealt with by police accordingly.”
Councillor Peter Bedford, leader of Boston Borough Council, defended the rights of citizens of the European Union to travel to the area for work.
He said: “Freedom of movement means that EU citizens have a legal right to be here. They come to work.
“Boston Borough Council works hard to deal with the issues their presence has generated.
“A minority of those who come present difficulties and we work with other agencies, including the Government-sponsored reconnection scheme, which helps people return home.
“We continue to work hard with the migrant workers, their families, community groups and other partner agencies to aid successful integration and to deal with the pressure that such large numbers have presented.
“I have had a meeting with our MP, Mark Simmonds, to discuss immigration and the impact on Boston and, as a council, we continue to press the Government for more resources.”
He urged organisers to do all in their power to ensure any protest march taking place in Boston remained peaceful and lawful.