Certain groups, including the English Defence League (EDL) and British National Party (BNP) organised separate protests outside Liverpool Crown Court on Monday 6 February 2012.
Demotix reports that the BNP and EDL “were protesting against the case of 11 Asian men from Rochdale who have been charged with child exploitation and sex offences.”
Casuals United, a group affiliated with the EDL, reported “Over 150 patriots were protesting at Liverpool Crown Court today where 11 of the 47 strong “Operation Matrix” Muslim paedophile gang are being tried.”
They gave an example that supports the unusual media blackout of such a significant court case. “The protest was staged because information had been received that the Liverpool Echo had been warned by police not to report on the case so as not to upset “community cohesion”.”
Only two days after the Leicester demonstration, the EDL had organised a Liverpool protest, displaying a poster with the caption ‘Our children deserve better’ on their website.
The BNP website had a poster with the caption ‘Help campaign against Muslim paedophile gangs’.
The BNP reported that they had distributed more than 5,000 specially produced leaflets throughout the city centre.
In a publicity disaster, UAF was present to counter the anti-paedophile protests.
Not a politically correct issue
A past Suite101 report, regarding a by-election in the north of England, revealed that Labour’s Jack Straw had highlighted that there was a problem with a specific section of the community. However, it had taken him about a decade from the time that the BNP first raised the issue, to speak up. The reason for this tardiness was never proved. Jack Straw has been the Labour MP for Blackburn (a town with a large South Asian Muslim population), since 1979.
Sources and further information
Casuals United website