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Football Lads Alliance march in Birmingham draws protests

Fears grow over rally by Football Lads Alliance in Birmingham, with threatening posts uncovered on Facebook page.

Police have announced plans to step up patrols in anticipation of potential violence [AP]

A growing number of British citizens and local MPs have united to condemn “hatred and intolerance” as a march by the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) takes place against what they call “Islamist extremists” in the UK city of Birmingham.

In a move to oppose Saturday’s march, Stand Up To Racism has organised a counterprotest called the Birmingham United anti-racist event, also in Birmingham, to push a “message of unity and opposition to racism and Islamophobia on the streets of Birmingham”, according to the group’s Facebook page.

The FLA, which describes itself as a “new movement with a new purpose to fight extremism”, was set to stage a rally at 12:00 GMT as thousands of football fans descend on the city for a short walk in commemoration of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings which left 21 people dead.

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