MailOnline: The far-right racist organisation, English Defence League (‘EDL’) was out in force yesterday in the British town of Blackburn which has a high Asian population. Their members were protesting against the alleged spread of Sharia law and militant Islamism.
The protestors, numbering around 2, 000, brought the town to a halt as fighting broke out among themselves and as a result of police activities to keep them apart from a counter-demonstration taking place at the same time by the group Unite Against Fascism.
The English Defence League (‘EDL’) was formed from the “United Peoples of Luton“, a grouping of far-right British extremists which was established as a response to the 2009 protests against British troops returning from the Afgan war. EDL has around 2000 active supporters and are linked to other far-right organisations throughout Europe.
- Protest march passes off peacefully (mirror.co.uk)
- Shaming the St George’s Cross: Vile EDL thugs in 2,000-strong hate protest wear flag-coloured burkas to confront Muslims (dokmz.wordpress.com)
- Clashes at English Defence League march in Luton (telegraph.co.uk)
- English Defence League and Unite Against Fascism to hold simultaneous protests in Rochdale (menmedia.co.uk)
- Massive police operation as far-right group descends on town (dailymail.co.uk)
- ‘Extreme Islam’ protest: Police operation as far-right EDL descends on Luton (dailymail.co.uk)
- Massive police presence for protest (mirror.co.uk)
- Protesters stage anti-Islam demonstration north of London (cnn.com)