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EDL Supporters: Torrent of Racist Abuse.

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Lift a stone and some EDL supporter pops out, usually letting their mask slip, Wish FM reports:

“Three English Defence League supporters have been ordered to pay more than £350 each after being found guilty of subjecting rail passengers to serious racist abuse.

Tracey Hurley (33), Stuart Parr (28) and a 17-year old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court on 20 January for trial.

The court heard that, on Friday 25 June last year, the trio had attended an EDL march in Bradford and had been on their way home when they travelled from Manchester Victoria to Wigan on a Northern Rail service.

During the journey they became abusive and intimidating, subjecting several passengers to a torrent of racist abuse.

The abuse began when the three sang songs relating to the EDL and Taliban. At Salford Crescent an Asian man boarded the train and was immediately targeted by the group who shouted derogatory remarks about Allah to the man.

PC Tony McGibbon, of British Transport Police, said: “The abuse continued for some time and was directed at anyone on board the train who the three perceived to be anything other than white British.

“The behaviour of the three was offensive in the extreme, completely unacceptable and made everyone on the train feel incredibly uncomfortable.”

A passenger advised a member of rail staff who reported the behaviour of the three to BTP officers.
After witnesses were spoken to the three where arrested and interviewed.

During interviews they admitted having been at the EDL march and drinking heavily, but denied making any racist remarks or behaving in a racist manner.”

PS: ANYONE remotely tempted to defend the EDL should read my comments policy, again.

Update 1: My moderation queue is slowly filling up with stupid comments from dim witted EDL supporters, forget it, you and your comments ain’t going to see the light of day, now feck off.

Written by modernityblog

22/01/2011 at 00:39

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  1. Yes – I had some reservations about Baroness Warsi’s speech, but she’s right to identify a problem.

    Sarah AB

    22/01/2011 at 09:47

  2. I am not defending the EDL as they are loathsome.

    All of us go through life where we are subjected to boorish comments. Had these three picked on a fat kid or a nerd would you be as insistent about punishment. If they were making threats this is criminal rather than being boorish.

    I am very leery about speech codes and they can be taken to extremes even in a country governed by the First Amendment.
    A group of men talking about car parts and motor oil was told that such conversation created a hostile work atmosphere. A similar complaint was issued about another group discussing the Michner book the Covenant because the Afrikans name of the hyena was mistaken for a Yiddish anti Black slur.

    Be careful about surrendering your liberties for political expediency. Sometimes we have to endure clowns like the EDL and Truthers to enjoy the fruits of our liberties.


    22/01/2011 at 15:09

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