August 16, 2011

EDL tried to take advantage of looting

Throughout the looting/riots, the EDL attempted to capitalise on the situation, and use it as an excuse to promote themselves and as an excuse for some violence.

Cambridge saw EDL vigilantes clear Mill Road (an important road in the town centre) of imaginary looters, only to be told by local traders that they were not welcome. Meanwhile a senior Met police officer warned of more attempts by the EDL to hijack local communities defending themselves, with places like Enfield being hit.

Nor did the EDL stick to its alleged belief of only being anti-Islamic extremism. An EDL gang attacked a bus with black youths on it in London, whilst EDL posters online flooded forums with racist language directed primarily against blacks:

The English Defence League have reverted to type, with torrents of sickening anti-black racism on their divisional Facebook walls, peppered with the N-word, and description of black people being “monkeys” and “apes”. Since their existance, the moderators have tried to brush all of their non-Muslim racism under the carpet, pretending that the EDL have only one enemy, Muslims, but since the rioting began in London, the far right group have switched tack to virulent anti-Black racism of an extreme and disturbing nature.

Now graffiti is going up condemning the riots, signed by the EDL. Compare and contrast such behaviour with how many victims of the looting reacted. In Birmingham, Tariq Jahan, the father of one of the three men killed by looters, called for calm:

Today we stand here to plead with all the youth to remain calm, for our communities to stand united. This is not a race issue. The family has received messages of sympathy and support from all parts of society … I lost my son. Blacks, Asians, whites – we all live in the same community. Why do we have to kill one another? Why are we doing this? Step forward if you want to lose your sons. Otherwise, calm down and go home – please.”

Others held vigils or banded together to clean up the area. If there is a silver lining in all this senseless violence and destruction then it will be the renewed bonds that now exist between many people in the worst affected areas, which is what a healthy society depends on.

Pickled Politics

Thanks to NewsHound for the heads-up


Antifascist said...


Can you get in touch as soon as poss, please.


Anonymous said...

Wonder what's happened to the EDL's Jamaican Defence League, and its Ganja Defence League???

Fortunately I, and hundreds and thousands of antifascists were never fooled, not even by the poster that was on show at their first violent visit here to Birmingham: BLACK AND WHITE UNITE.

The EDL were formed as Aryan nationalists, and Aryan nationalists they always will be.

Britain divided is Britain weak.

lisa said...

A poem about David Starkey's ignorant and devisive racism.

Anonymous said...

Trevor KKKelway has been very successfully trolling the Hope Not Hate Facebook site as Martin P Foster, and he's still not beren banned by the Searchlight Admin.

He's been bragging about this on his twitter, apparently!