Following the recent arrest of eight men from Keighley on child sex offenses, the EDL held a demonstration on Saturday, 4 August.
As previously reported on Digital Journal, the EDL were to hold a demo in Keighley, West Yorkshire to highlight politically correct inaction against child sex grooming gangs of a Muslim background that have been operating locally for many years.
Tony Sutcliffe speech
British Freedom Party Bradford Organiser, Tony Sutcliffe spoke at the demo.
“So here we find ourselves to be abandoned by our MPs. We’ve been abandoned by them. They’re just feathering their own nest and are scared to put their heads above the parapet. The government for decades has failed to listen to the average man on the street.” He said, pointing out that he was not a football hooligan or a Nazi.
He went on to say, “We cannot allow these criminals to hide behind a religion. They must integrate with our social fabric and failure to do so is just not acceptable anymore.”
Giving a quote borrowed from Sir Winston Churchill, he said, “An appeaser is somebody who feeds the crocodile hoping it will eat him last. Well this is a big crocodile and it is going to eat them.”
Tony Sutcliffe finished off his speech with another quote from Sir Winston Churchill “Never give in; never, never, never, in nothing - great or small, large or petty. Never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
West Yorkshire Police
In a statement issued on the West Yorkshire Police website, Airedale and North Bradford Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Ian Kennedy reported that the day passed without serious incident.
"I am very pleased with how the policing of the event went. The community of Keighley pulled together and did not rise to any provocation.
"The day passed without serious incident and local people can be extremely proud of how they dealt with the demonstration.
"I would also like to thank all partners who have done a fantastic job in assisting us to ensure the day concluded positively."
The Keighley News reports around 160 EDL supporters at the demo and a small number of arrests. A YouTube video shows a man being arrested, apparently for wearing a face covering with the England flag – possibly to highlight the fact that the same rule does not seem to apply to women wearing an Islamic face covering.