Manchester will be buzzing with a variety of events this weekend which will see thousands flock to the city. These include the annual 10th day peace walk, Diwali celebrations, University open days, U2 at the Manchester arena and several football matches including Manchester City vs Burnley at the Etihad.
Whilst it is a time to revel in the fun and festivity some of these events will bring, the public is always advised to stay safe and avoid actions that compromise this. The English Defence League (EDL) are also due to protest this weekend in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. The EDL have been known to hold racist and controversial views about ethnic minorities in Britain.
GMP’s Chief Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry, who will be overseeing policing for the events, said: “This weekend will see thousands of visitors coming to Manchester to take part in events across the city.
“Ahead of this weekend, we have been working closely with partners, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and British Transport police, to ensure the events run smoothly and with minimal disruption.
“We are also aware of an English Defence League protest taking place in Piccadilly Gardens. Counter protest groups will be in attendance and we have been working closely with organisers to ensure there is as little disruption to the city centre as possible.
“We respect everyone’s right to lawfully protest, but with this comes a high degree of responsibility and we expect everyone involved to behave in a peaceful manner.
“I would like to emphasise that hate crimes will not be tolerated, and anyone seen to be breaking the law will be dealt with accordingly.
“It will be busier than normal on the transport networks, and there are some planned rail strikes on Saturday 20 October, so I would advise those coming to Manchester to carefully plan their journey in advance.
“GMP has extensive experience policing large scale sporting events, protests and concerts and we are dedicated to ensuring that visitors can come to Manchester and enjoy all it has to offer.”