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article imageHuge English Defence League protest march in Manchester

By Richard Milnes     Mar 2, 2013 in World
Manchester - Some had prematurely celebrated the demise of the EDL, especially after the imprisonment of their charismatic leader known as Tommy Robinson on what many had described as politically motivated and trumped up charges.
Saturday’s demo in Manchester proved that they were very much still fully operational as hundreds of patriotic supporters came down the road.
According to mainstream media reports, around 700 EDL supporters gathered in Albert Square, Manchester on 2 March, outnumbering a much smaller counter protest of 350 supporters of the racist anti-English pressure group, UAF by two to one, which even the Daily Mail and ITV are now describing as ‘left wing’.
The protesters sang “E-E-EDL” and “I’m England ‘til I die”.
One protester held a sign reading ‘Barbaric Sharia Laws Not Welcome’. Other protesters marched with English flags indicating the EDL Division or Region that they represented, such as ‘North East’.
The counter demonstrators carried signs reading “Socialist Worker”, which is the name of a far-left, Marxist political party and “Unite Against Fascism” (UAF), which is a far-left Anglophobic movement with a history of violence and intimidation against political opponents, which usually goes unpunished. Digital Journal previously reported on how they attacked the peaceful EDL Walthamstow demo, by throwing rocks and sticks. Other attacks have included the use of darts and clawhammers on those that disagree with them.
The far-left UAF (which is supported by British Prime Minister David Cameron) have previously marched side by side with Islamic extremists carrying signs reading ‘Islam Will Dominate’.
In an article on its website, the EDL answered the question as to why it was specifically coming to Manchester with a long list of points including:
the use of Longsight market to encourage British Muslims to travel to Afghanistan to fight against British soldiers;
the case of the Muslim couple who had been planning to bomb Jewish areas of the city (Greater Manchester has the highest rate of anti-Semitic crime in the UK);
a speaker at a Manchester Student Union event who recently claimed that homosexuals and adulterers should be executed.
A post by an administrator of the EDL Manchester Facebook group suggested that the different patriotic groups were putting personal differences to one side and uniting against the threat posed by the far-left. It said “Just a little message to all patriots that stood loud and proud today. We shown the lefts, UAF and antifa c***s the right is rising. We shown them today that we can stand as one and that is what we did. We had patriots from all different orgs standing together and I for one was proud to stand by each and everyone of you :) can we do it all again next week please? ;) ha ha ha.”
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