Protest march against Muslim school in Portsmouth

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HUNDREDS of people are expected to march through Portsmouth in protest over a Muslim primary school in the city.

Members of the local community along with Britain’s First and English Defence League (EDL) members plan to march from Lake Road, where the Madani Academy is to be based, on Saturday.

They will then walk through Fratton Road, Victoria Road South and Albert Road, returning to Lake Road before the march finishes at Guildhall Square.

Hampshire police has confirmed it is aware of the march taking place and there is expected to be a police presence.

Natasha Payne, 28, of Portsmouth, is one of the organisers.

She said: ‘I just believe it [the school] is going to divide us even more.

‘We should all be mixed, we should be mixing together.

‘This is not about religion, I’m not a racist person. We should just all be together.

‘It’s about being given the choice if we want to allow our children to go there, regardless of beliefs.

‘This is not a racist march – we want the communities to come together.’