Approximately 300 supporters of the English Defence League marched in Bristol to protest against Islamic extremism and the Islamification of the country.
Death threats and the foiled plot to attack the EDL at their previous demo in Dewsbury did not prevent approximately 300 brave patriots from turning out and exercising their democratic right to protest peacefully on Saturday 14 July 2012.
According to The Independent two local EDL supporters had received death threats in the run up to the protest.
The BBC reported that the leader of the EDL Bristol Division, Micky Bayliss, said he had received “numerous threats”.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary praised the good behaviour at the marches. They estimated 300 EDL supporters, 500 ‘We Are Bristol’ supporters and 700 people at the Bristol Pride march (all took place on the same day).
Sixteen arrests were reported, including Martin Smith, national officer of the ironically named Unite Against Fascism (UAF).
As previously reported by Digital Journal this is not the first time that this violent far-left street thug has been in trouble with the law. He was previously found guilty of assaulting a police officer in October 2009 and was also arrested at the EDL Bolton demo in March 2010.
A YouTube video shows some violent far-left extremists attempting to attack a police line.
EDL supporters held signs saying ‘Dumping ground for the world’s Islamic dross & extremists. Nobody asked Bristol people’, ‘If you want Sharia laws, emigrate east’ and ‘Sharia Courts – 7th century lunacy has no place in 21st century Bristol. This is not Saudi Arabia’.
The EDL protesters sang, “We’re the famous EDL”.
Speaking at the rally in Queen Square, Bristol, Tony Curtis of the EDL said, “We’re not the ones driving around with bombs in our cars.” No doubt a reference to the bomb that was found in a car on its way to the previous demo in Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
The police had stopped the car, by chance, in a routine check. It was impounded on suspicion of being driven without insurance. However, a routine search at the pound later unearthed the makings of a pipe bomb.
The Telegraph reported that a suspected terror group allegedly planned to attack the EDL Dewsbury demo with a pipe bomb, guns and machetes.
Tony Curtis went on to criticize the reporting of the EDL in the press “All we’ve tried to say is we do not want Islamic bombers in our country!”
Chelsea Anne White, an EDL ‘Angel’ from Bristol welcomed the demonstrators to Bristol. “We are not here to cause trouble. We are here to speak out about what is being allowed to go on in our great country.” She said.
Other EDL demonstrations in 2012 have included:
On 30 June 2012 the EDL protested in Dewsbury, the town which was home to the ringleader of the 7/7 London bombings.
On 9 June 2012 the EDL demonstrated in Rochdale, where nine Muslim men had been found guilty of child grooming. Tommy Robinson spoke about the hands of the police being “tied by political correctness”
On 5 May 2012 the EDL celebrated three years with a rally in Luton, the birthplace of the EDL to highlight “massive ongoing problems within Luton town as far as Islamic extremism goes and Luton Borough Council’s inability and ineffectiveness to deal with these.”
On 25 February 2012 the EDL protested in Hyde, Greater Manchester to demonstrate against the gang attack on seventeen-year-old Daniel Stringer-Prince.
On 6 February 2012 the EDL held a demonstration outside Liverpool Crown Court to protest against Muslim paedophile grooming gangs.
On 4 February 2012 the EDL marched in Leicester to highlight the Rhea Page case.