In anticipation of the demonstrations expected to take place in Birmingham on Saturday 11 October, Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has made the following statement and is asking all members of the community who agree to add their names to it.
“Every day in the West Midlands, we are fortunate to celebrate our vibrant and thriving community, in which we all appreciate the shared values of respect for each other’s humanity and the desire for us all to continue to live in harmony.
“We are one race, the human race, and it is our different faiths and cultures that enrich us, broaden our vision and understanding of humankind and make our city a very special place to be. We respect each other’s values and protect each other’s rights to worship in our own way.’
“We hope that those who take part in the rally will recognise that it is the diversity in Birmingham that makes us strong, makes us united, makes us one people.
“We respect the right of everybody to peacefully demonstrate and hope that anybody who comes to this great city respects that right too.
“And on behalf of police officers, who have to do a difficult job to do, we ask those who wish to protest against the rally to do so in a peaceful and lawful manner. Please remain calm and dignified.”
David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner
Yvonne Mosquito, West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner
Mark Anthony Keane
Tracie J Gilbert
Joan & Eddie Roberts
Sohan Singh Soroya
Cllr Allan Andrews – Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group, Conservative Spokesman for Policing & Equalities, Coventry City Council
M Ikhlaq – I fully endorse your statement. In the beginning we were created from one, Adam. We were made into different race so that we could recognize each other not to despise each other.
Renu Marley – President, Renuka Marley Human Rights Foundation
Nozmul Hussain – Chief Executive, Community Foundation
Cllr Waseem Zaffar MBE – Lozells & East Handsworth Ward, Chair of Birmingham City Council’s Scrutiny Committee for Districts & Public Engagement
Mrs C J McArdle RGN
Cllr Philip Townshend – Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council and Chair of the Coventry Police and Crime Board
Nazan Fennel – Founder of Road Safety Campaign, Livein Hope “We are one race, the human race, and it is our different faiths and cultures that enrich us, broaden our vision and understanding of humankind and make our city a very special place to be. We respect each other’s values and protect each other’s rights to worship in our own way.”
Anyone who wants to endorse this statement is asked to contact the PCC’s office to ask for their name to be added. Please phone us on 0121 626 6060, email at WMPCC@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or use the website contact form.
The demonstrations referred to in this statement are planned by the EDL and the UAFBack to News Archive