“We suspect that violent radicalisation is declining within the Muslim community. There may be growing support for nonviolent extremism, fed by feelings of alienation, and while this may not lead to a specific terrorist threat or be a staging post for violent extremism, it is nevertheless a major challenge for society in general and for the police in particular. There also appears to be a growth in more extreme and violent forms of far-right ideology. Indeed it is clear that individuals from many different backgrounds are vulnerable, with no typical profile or pathway to radicalisation”
11.05 Small number of EDL at demo area by the canal playing their songs loudly on speakers.
11.27 Police at Clock Tower put it under a Section 14. Threaten assembled UAF with arrest if they don’t leave. Shouts of disagreement from the UAF.
11.38 Police have driven the UAF back from the Clock Tower to outside H. Samuel on Gallowtree Gate. Arrest woman with shaven green hair in black coat.
11.40 Police issue final warning and continue driving the UAF, who are chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!”, back down Gallowtree Gate.
11.45 Police form line across Humberstone Gate.
11.50 Police have driven the UAF back to junction of Gallowtree Gate and Halford Street.
12.10 Police move crowd back from Clock Tower along East Gates.
12.36 EDL move down St. Margaret’s Way and are halted. Police vans escort in the last two EDL coaches.
13.05 EDL come round corner onto Burley’s Way. There is some souting between one or two of their number and a couple of counter-protestors stood on a wall. I estimate numbers to be about 1,000*, but being at street level makes estimations difficult. March keeps stopping. As the EDL round the corner about four, no more than half a dozen, people clap them.
13.25 Heavy police prescence holding back bemused weekend crowds at Clock Tower. Some SWP people and street pastors going around. The police dogs are noisy in their van.
13.30 EDL reach Clock Tower.
13.40 EDL on Church Gate.
13.45 EDL stopped on Church Gate at junction with St. Peter’s Lane. They were booed by locals. There were quite a few people with cameras taking photos, including professional photographers and what looked like students. The EDL was singing “You’re not English any more!” at the crowd. Two separate police lines kept both crowds apart.
13.50 Police gradually forced the crowd of locals and photographers back down St. Peter’s Lane towards the Cherry Tree pub, including a woman with a pram. At the front of the crowd in the road are are group of angry Asian men and there is some pushing and shoving between them and the police as they are moved back away from the EDL. Soon afterwards whilst trying to get closer to the EDL march via Butt Close, reporters and local youths are chased by police with drawn batons away from Church Gate.
14.00 EDL go back up St. Margaret’s Way to the demo ground.
14.30 The first of the promised snow begins to fall.
16.15 I entered a local fast food restaurant, part of a popular chain. Upon entering and complaining of being cold, I was asked by the girl (for what it’s worth she was white) serving me if I liked snow? I said yes, but I didn’t like being cold and had been out in it all day. She then asked me, unprompted and quite randomly, if I’d been to the demo. I said I’d been observing it, so she asked if I was for or against the EDL? When I said I was against them, she told me that as 700 police officers had been deployed it was a waste of money and mentioned how wrong that is when the Government are making cuts to save money. She also couldn’t understand how if racism is illegal, how the EDL were given permission to do a racist demo? She also told me how she’d been looking at her customers and wondering if any were EDL. Another pair of customers came in, a young man and woman, and the man asked what had been going on in the city? The other member of staff (an Asian gentleman) said that the EDL, the English Defence League, were holding a protest. The customer looked nonplussed and had a blank look on his face, as if that name was meaningless. No hint of recognition. As I was leaving I noticed a sign in the window saying that the restaurant was halal, as it seemed were several eateries in the locality.
As I was making my way home Leicester looked very white. Shame the EDL weren’t around to see it.
"I’ll start my Expose day by repeating what I said yesterday
'The vast vast majority of EDLers in any of their demonstrations come from out of the area. They don't know the areas they go to or anything about the people there. The only info they have is what's fed to them by other scared men with no actual comprehension of what they're doing, how they're going to do it or what they actually plan to achieve.
3 years now and the EDL have achieved fuck all except a stunning number of arrests and charges for racism and violence, 3 known paedophiles in their ranks and a reputation for fucking up local economies and grief tourism.
What has the EDL achieved? Nothing. except spreading ignorance, hate, violence, criminality and attracting others who thrive on those very things. There is nothing positive the EDL can bring to an evolved society and they have achieved nothing positive in their entire existence. Don’t you get that? Do you ever wonder why you are so disliked by society as a whole?
It’s nothing to with being left/right/liberal/dhimmified/commie/etc etc etc and entirely to do with how despicable and hypocritical everything about you is. Can you not see the painful similarities between what the EDL does and what the nazis did?
Can you not for once do something of note that makes the lives of others better/happier? No.
You’re full of shit about being denied freedom of speech when you wish to deny that to others. You’re full of shit when it comes to ‘extremists’ when there are terrorists in your own ranks. You’re full of shit when you claim is only about islamic extremism, when everything the EDL does damages the work the communities, security services, the police do to actually help.
You jump on the grieving, manipulate them to your own ends, worship the armed forces yet put them at risk, destroyed Armistice Day and actually invited neo fucking nazis, applaud the violence committed by your own members. You’ve done nothing to remotely raise awareness of anything, simply because everything the EDL foams about has already been reported - that’s how they find out about it - they read something in the media and then scream about it not being reported in the media. How stupid can you get?
What has the EDL ever done except spread hate, lies, division, violence, cost local communities and revel in their self imposed ignorance and rile up other violent racist ignorant individuals to join them in achieving their aim of fuck all.
Get some self respect and do something positive with your life. You’re a fucking embarrassment to Britain.’