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Protesters banned from Birmingham school gates over ‘fears for kids’ safety’ in LGBT lessons row

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ANT-LGBT protesters have been banned from demonstrating outside a Birmingham primary school.

A High Court injunction blocked the group from gathering at the gates of Anderton Park Primary School.

Anti-LGBT protesters have been banned from demonstrating outside Anderton Park Primary School
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The interim injunction stops demonstrators gathering at the school’s gates
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The ban follows weeks of protests by parents angry at schoolkids being taught about LGBT equality.

Birmingham City Council pursued legal action after the risk to children “became too serious to tolerate”.

Council leader Ian Ward believed “common sense had prevailed”.

He said: “Children right across Birmingham should be free to attend school safely and without disruption.

We will not tolerate the ongoing intimidation of parents, hard-working school staff and local residents


Ian Ward, Birmingham City Council leader

“All our schools must be safe spaces and we will not tolerate the ongoing intimidation of parents, hard-working school staff and local residents.”

He urged campaigners and parents “to engage in constructive dialogue with the school”.

Muslim parents say they don’t want their children taking part in LGBT equality lessons.

But some protesters’ behaviour was “increasingly unacceptable”, the council found.

LGBT ROW ESCALATES

Anderton Park had to close early before half-term after the protests escalated.

Birmingham City Council made the legal move to protect staff and pupils when they return from the break.

The interim injunction is in place until June 10 and bars demonstrators from streets immediately surrounding the school.

It also stops protesters printing or distributing leaflets, inviting others to protest or encouraging people to congregate at the school entrance.

‘PARENTS MANIPULATED’

Mr Ward added that campaigners and parents should take this opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue with the school”.

On Thursday, the ex- chief prosecutor for the north-west of England, Nazir Afzal, said parents are being “manipulated”.

He was brought in to mediate between the two groups.

Jess Philips, Labour MP, for Yardley, backed the court’s decision as “the right thing for the children”.

You cannot silence people who speaking & demanding there RIGHTS


Shakeel Afsar, lead protester

She said: “It’s just a shame it has come to this thanks to the bigotry of a few”.

Lead protester Shakeel Afsar, who clashed with Ms Philips outside the school, vowed to fight the ban.
He tweeted: “You CANNOT silence people who speaking & demanding there RIGHTS.


“We will Challenge all & every injunctions that are issues against us.”

Parents claim children are too young to learn about LGBT relationships and that lessons went agsint Islamic teaching.

Education secretary Damian Hinds has previously issued a fierce condemnation of the demonstrations, calling them “unacceptable”.

Parents are angry that children are being taught about LGBT equality
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The protests are being led by Shakeel Afsar – who doesn’t even send his kids to the school
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Labour MP Jess Phillips, who clashed with Mr Afsar, has welcomed the ban
A counter protester faced him anti-LGBT protester Mr Afsar 
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