Birmingham city centre protests - 20 July 2013
This page shows how West Midlands Police staged a large-scale operation to keep visitors to the city safe during an EDL protest and counter protest on Saturday 20 July.
- Updates about the planned protests in Birmingham city centre were shared with the public on a daily basis from Monday 15 July. We shared this information on a daily basis in the week leading up to the protests, ensuring the public were kept informed at an early stage.
- As well as placing regular updates on our social media channels, we added full details to the West Midlands Police website.
- A video of Assistant Chief Constable was also placed on Youtube, with key messages being shared both in the clip and on social media.
- Due to the expected size of the protests, several media outlets picked up the story. TV, radio and print publications all publicised the protest dates.
- On the day of the protest, several messages were sent in the morning to reassure visitors and businesses across the city centre. A number of local blogs and websites were also actively tweeting these messages.
- Updates were also shared explaining the work undertaken by police and partner agencies at the Emergency Control Suite (ECS),
- Several news websites were reporting live during the protest. Many shared our updates and embedded our tweets onto their web pages.
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