I FIND it ironic that in order to prevent a demonstration of which they disapprove, some of our councillors and our MP, Tony McNulty (who voted in favour of our illegal invasion of Iraq), are proposing to use the tactics of Mussolini's Blackshirts and Hitler's Brownshirts.

That is, they will be inciting violence on the pretext of provocation in order to get the demonstration banned or to intimidate its supporters.

Incidentally, why is 'anti-Islam' automatically equated with racism? I thought Islam was a religion, not a race.

BRIAN SCOTT St Kilda's Road