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Home / Latest News / Silent march to walk through Cardiff in memory of solider Lee Rigby

Silent march to walk through Cardiff in memory of solider Lee Rigby

A silent march in memory of a soldier killed outside an army barracks will take place through the streets of Cardiff tomorrow.

The march, in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby, starts at 1pm on Saturday from Maindy Barracks, on Whitchurch Road, and ends 1.6 miles away at the Welsh National War Memorial, in Alexandra Gardens, Cathays Park.

A Facebook group set up for the event has attracted 72 “friends”. The details have also been posted on the English Defence League website and the Welsh Defence League (WDL) Facebook page.

South Wales Police said it was aware of the march and officers would be on duty “to safeguard the right of the general public to go about their normal business”.

Attempts to contact the organisers were unsuccessful. The Facebook page, Walkforleerigby Cardiff, urges people to walk in silence and bring flowers or wreaths.

“All races and religions extremely welcome,” it adds.

Butetown’s Labour councillor Ali Ahmed, who is also chair of Unite Against Fascism Wales, said there had been an increase in tension since Drummer Rigby’s death, but the Muslim community had also received support.

Coun Ahemd said the EDL and WDL had never been successful in the Welsh capital because the people of Cardiff were “united”, irrespective of race or religion.

Coun Ahmed said: “The community here in Cardiff are all united, whether they are Muslim or non-Muslim. We have met a number of faith groups and they are all opposing the extreme views.

“The people in Cardiff are very united, regardless of race, religion or colour.”

A South Wales Police spokesman said: “We are aware of the planned activity in Cardiff tomorrow and, as you would expect, officers will be on duty to safeguard the right of the general public to go about their normal business, and to ensure local business activities are not disrupted.”

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