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ALL FOR ONE: Ravi Massey (left) makes the presentation to Mashuq Ally, Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Raj Rattu, Nomzul Hussain and Desmond Jaddoo

BIRMINGHAM IS proof that people from different communities can work together to make the city a safer, better place for everyone as these community leaders can testify.

West Midlands Police have just extended a big thank you to this small group who helped to make big changes in the run-up to a major protest organised by the English Defence League (EDL) in the city centre last summer.

They were awarded with a ‘Community Thank You’ during a police awards ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum.

Tensions had been running high and there was widespread unrest. It came at a time when an elderly Muslim man had been stabbed to death after leaving a mosque and three bombs were planted across the region.

To complicate matters, 3,000 young people, many of them of African and Caribbean heritage, were meeting at a faith conference nearby at the International Convention Centre.

The activists – Majid Khan, Ataf Iqbal, Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Raj Rattu, Desmond Jaddoo, Nozmul Hussain, and Mashuq Ally, Birmingham City Council’s assistant director of equalities and HR – helped to calm tensions.

Jaddoo, who is standing as an independent candidate for Ladywood in the local council elections next month, said: “It shows that people from different communities can work together and work effectively.

“It also reflects the developing dialogue between West Midlands Police and the African Caribbean community, which I hope will continue in a positive, frank, transparent and accountable manner.”

The police citation says of the group: “Each one, in their own way, influenced communities in Birmingham to significantly dampen down counter protests to ensure the city’s reaction was dignified and proportionate.

“The group gave ‘added legitimacy’ to reports through social media on the policing operation and ‘actively intervened and stood between counter protesters and police lines, acting as a barrier and preventing confrontation.

“There is no doubt that this event had the potential to create significant community concern. The actions of these people minimised disruption, supported communities and went way beyond any official role that they fulfil. They are hugely deserving of formal recognition.”

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