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article imageTommy Robinson steps down from the English Defence League

By Sami Zaatari     Oct 8, 2013 in World
The head of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, has announced his departure from the organisation, calling street demonstrations counterproductive.
In a statement, Robinson also went on to acknowledge the threat of far right extremism:
I acknowledge the dangers of far-right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.
As well as Robinson's departure from the group, 12 other senior members have also left the organisation, which may signal the end of the organisation itself.
The Quilliam foundation, a British government funded think tank that counters extremism, specifically Islamic extremism, have issued a press release taking credit for Robinson's departure, writing the following:
Quilliam has been working with Tommy to achieve this transition, which represents a huge success for community relations in the United Kingdom. We have previously identified the symbiotic relationship between far-right extremism and Islamism and think that this event can dismantle the underpinnings of one phenomenon while removing the need for the other phenomenon.
The English Defence League was founded by Tommy Robinson back in 2009, with the stated aim of countering 'militant Islam'. Since then the group has been involved in several controversies, with several of it's members, including Robinson, getting arrested for acts of violence, including arson attacks on mosques.
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