|The BBC reports that 60 EDL supporters were arrested on public order offences on Saturday, the day of the EDL’s Tower Hamlets dem|
The EDL numbered around 1000 and demonstrated near Aldgate Tube Station under a police escort, whilst a counter-demonstration estimated at around 1500 held a gathering nearby on Whitechapel Road.
Both demonstrations took place despite the Home Office placing a ban on marches in the area, which restricted both protests to static demonstrations.
From the BBC:
“Police said 16 arrests were made during a demonstration by the group, while 44 people on a coach were held later on suspicion of violent disorder.”
Sixteen were arrested during the demonstration “for offences including assault on a police officer, common assault, drunk and disorderly and affray."
Another article stated that, “Scuffles broke out and missiles were thrown by activists as 3,000 officers tried to maintain control.”
“The later arrests came after a coach taking EDL supporters away following the protest broke down outside Stepney Green Tube station, at about 18:30 BST.” All of the passengers were arrested for public order offences.
The Founder of the EDL, Stephen Lennon, breached his bail conditions to attend the protest. He was convicted in July for leading a street brawl of 100 football fans in August 2010.
In a speech (see this YouTube video) that can only be described as racist, Islamophobic and hateful, Lennon stated that “Islam rules by intimidation and violence.”
He also placed the blame of 7/7 not on those few individuals who actually carried out the attacks, but on the entire Muslim community,
“…every single Muslim watching this video on YouTube, on 7/7 you got away with killing and maiming British citizens…the Islamic community will feel the full force of the EDL if we see any of our citizens killed, maimed or hurt on British soil ever again.”
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