In the past week the Metropolitan Police have arrested English Defence League supporters and asked the Home Secretary to ban the EDL Walthamstow march to be held this Saturday.
EDL banned from marching
The Independent reports today that Policing minister Damian Green has agreed to the Metropolitan Police request for a ban on marches by the English Defence League in Waltham Forest, north-east London, and three surrounding boroughs.
Return to Walthamstow
Despite numerous disruptions to the EDL and their political wing, the British Freedom Party, over the past few days, the EDL have vowed to return to Walthamstow “more determined than ever before”.
“We will never be silenced, we will never submit – even when politically correct policing fails to protect our freedoms or our rights.” The EDL website says.
It is now likely that a static demo or rally will still be held without an actual march.
As reported by Digital Journal, EDL leader Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) announced a return to Walthamstow after the Metropolitan Police failed to sufficiently maintain law and order facilitate a pre-arranged march and rally on their previous visit on Saturday, 1 September. Instead, the Metropolitan Police ended up caving in to shocking levels of violence and intimidation from the far-left UAF organised counter demo (an organisation supported by British Prime Minister, David Cameron).
Met Police applied to ban march
Earlier in the week the BBC reported that the Metropolitan Police had applied to Home Secretary, Theresa May to ban the march under section 13 of the Public Order Act.
As well as Waltham Forest, the neighbouring boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham and Islington would be affected by the ban.
The Guardian series reported Chief Superintendent Peter Terry, who was to be in charge of policing the march on Saturday, said: "We have made this decision based on specific intelligence and information, and our message is clear, we do not want people coming into the areas to attend these events."
"Our engagement work with local communities will continue to ensure that we, wherever possible, address any concerns and provide factual information about the role and legal powers of the police.”
Police target EDL instead of Muslim extremistsSaturday, 20 October 2012Islamic extremist that previously assaulted Tommy Robinson is assaulted
Luton Today reports that Stephen Lennon has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting extremist Bury Park preacher Saiful Islam.
Luton Today reports that a spokesman for Bedfordshire Police said five men got out of a black BMW and assaulted a man in New Bedford Road, Luton on Saturday morning at about 10.15am.
He was punched and kicked and lost his mobile phone and keys in the incident, and his injuries are described as “reddening of the left eye”.
53 EDL arrested
The BBC reports that 53 EDL supporters were arrested on ‘suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance’ on Saturday afternoon, on their way to a surprise protest outside a mosque in Whitechapel, East London.
Police said one of the bail conditions imposed on the men bans them from entering east London to demonstrate for a stipulated period of time.
Kevin Carroll was arrested later when driving home and bailed until 30 November.
Monday, 22 October 2012Stephen Lennon appears in court
The Huffington Post reports Stephen Lennon appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court to face the charge of "possession of a false identity document with improper intention", Scotland Yard said in a statement.
"The case relates to allegations that a man tried to travel to the US in September using another person's passport," a Met police spokesman told AFP.
Stephen Lennon is remanded in custody to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 7 January.
Paul Weston, Chairman of British Freedom Party arrested
George Whale of the BFP informs that he has just received a call from Party Chairman, Paul Weston, speaking in the back of a police van, after being charged with breach of the peace, having travelled to Wormwood Scrubs Prison with a friend to visit or check up on Stephen Lennon. They later learned that he is in fact being held at Wandsworth prison.
Tommy Robinson put in danger by authorities
An article on the BFP website reveals that Tommy Robinson has been incarcerated in London’s Wandsworth Prison on a wing full of Muslims screaming death threats at him.
The article expresses concern that he may have been placed in danger for vindictive or political reasons.