September 03, 2011

EDL supporters clash with police

English Defence League members have clashed with police in east London
Far-right demonstrators clashed with police as they protested in east London.

Scuffles broke out and bottles and firecrackers were thrown by members of the English Defence League (EDL) as riot police, mounted police and dogs turned out on the streets in large numbers to maintain control.

The clashes broke out as EDL leader Stephen "Tommy" Lennon addressed the crowd, telling them he had broken his bail conditions to be at the protest. The far-right group told Scotland Yard it planned to lead a "static demonstration" in the wake of a 30-day ban by Home Secretary Theresa May on marching in six areas.

There had been fears of potential unrest ahead of the protest, centred on the deprived inner city borough of Tower Hamlets. Mrs May also banned marches in Newham, Waltham Forest, Islington, Hackney and the City of London. More than 3,000 officers were expected to be available amid fears of violence and clashes with opposition groups including Unite Against Fascism.

Campaigners have been in ongoing negotiations with police chiefs in the wake of tough measures introduced by Mrs May. It is the first time since the Brixton riots 30 years ago that police have requested powers to stop marches in London.

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Anonymous said...

Oh dear. EDL mobile numbers released

Anonymous said...

Stephen Cacky-Lemon turned up dressed as a rabbi according to Hope not hate

Anonymous said...

He was deliberately making fun of Jews, being a Hitler-loving BNPer!

Anonymous said...

It would be hard to have sympathy with any Met that had gotten hurt today, given their consistent failure to take the EDL menace seriously.