“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Glasses And Bottles.

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The true character of the EDL was revealed over the weekend.

They sought conflict in Oldham and when the police tried to restrain them the police were attacked with glasses and bottles.

The HOPE not hate blog and Nick Lowes describes events:

“A hundred EDL supporters turned up unannounced in Oldham town centre yesterday in a worryingly new development. While they ostensibly claimed to be marking the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and indeed they did lay a wreath, the nature of their mobilisation could be a sign of things to come.

The EDL met up in the Greaves Arms and marched through Oldham town centre to the local cenotaph where they laid a wreath and held a two minutes silence. Among those there were a number of current and former BNP members, including Griffin’s former bodyguard and convicted drug dealer Jock Shearer. The police moved in to break up the gang and they were met with a volley of glasses and bottles. A number of people were served with dispersal orders (Section 27 of the Public Order Act) which banned them from the town for 24 hours.

It was clear that many EDL supporters are becoming increasing frustrated at how the police have contained them in recent protests, not least in Bradford, where they were penned in by police and an eight foot wall. A growing number seem keen to just go it alone with spontaneous actions.

I’m nervous about where this is all going and I fear a growing cycle of both targeted and indiscriminate violence by EDL supporters. Some are actively hunting down their opponents, including myself, while actions like we saw yesterday in Oldham could spark off real violence within communities. And of course violence is what these people are after.”

Update 1: Thanks to entdinglichung:

The EDL’s opportunism knows no limits:

“POLICE officers swooped to quell a racist confrontation which flared up shortly after soldiers had paraded through Nuneaton yesterday afternoon.

Members of the English Defence League attended the ceremony, which granted the Borough Council’s Freedom of Entry to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

The acting servicemen, carrying machine guns and led by a regimental band, were cheered by large crowds who lined the town centre streets.

As the march came to an end, the 60-strong EDL entourage headed towards the Edward Street area of the town, which is the heart of the local Muslim community.

We were expecting some people connected with the EDL to be at the parade and after it had finished they congregated at The Crew bar in Queen’s Road,” said Chief Inspector Chris Lewis.

“They positioned themselves outside and raised tensions with the Muslim community, which caused a few minor skirmishes but nothing of any consequence.

“We moved in to keep people at a distance and to calm things down. The EDL members were then escorted away from the scene and back to Nuneaton train station.”

The Warwickshire force commander, who was in charge of policing the parade, added: “We are constantly scanning for intelligence and knew that the EDL were planning to be in attendance for this occasion.

Many of them had travelled from other parts of the country but they also had some local supporters.” “

Update 2: Another bottle thrown:

“One person has been arrested in Nuneaton after police kept apart English Defence League sympathisers and members of the Asian community following an Army parade.

Warwickshire Police said no incidents occurred during Sunday’s parade, which marked the granting of the Freedom of Entry to the Borough to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Officers estimated that around 60 people who appeared to be associated with the English Defence League gathered in and around a pub following the parade, which passed off peacefully, at about 2.30pm.

A Warwickshire Police spokesman said: “This attracted the attention of the local community and as a consequence a large group of people, principally from the Asian community, gathered a few yards away at the junction of Edward Street and Queens Road.

“There was much chanting and potential provocation from both groups, but fortunately no-one was injured.”

The spokesman confirmed that a bottle was thrown, which led to one arrest being made.

Meanwhile, in what police described as a separate incident, a car was attacked and damaged as it travelled along Queens Road.

Ch Insp Chris Lewis said the day was marred by the tense situation in Queens Road, which was contained by officers from both Warwickshire Police and West Midlands Police, who escorted English Defence League sympathisers to the town’s railway station at about 5pm.

The officer thanked local community leaders for providing “very active support”. “

Written by modernityblog

14/09/2010 at 03:53

8 Responses

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  1. “Some are actively hunting down their opponents, including myself”

    Really? What’s happened?

    I can only imagine that the “savage cuts” about to hit will galvanise greater support for the EDL, with a likely scapegoat for job losses, as always, being “those bloody immigrants, stealing our jobs and our women” etc.

    James Bloodworth

    14/09/2010 at 10:30

  2. James,

    You’ll have to ask Nick Lowes about the hunting down, but it use to be a fairly standard neofascist tactic, the NF used to do it, also the BNP, etc

    Certainly, it is possible that the Tory cuts will play into the EDL’s hands, that’s why a legitimate nonracial, non-EDL, non-neofascist outlet for dissent is so important….


    14/09/2010 at 13:37

  3. Thanks Ent, I have updated the post.


    14/09/2010 at 13:38

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