EDL was in protest against the government allowing a huge mosque to be built; Dudley council had previously refused. Life after Tommy Robinson plods on for the English Defence League, with a march in Exeter kicking off today.
Up to 250 police officers will join mounted police on patrol in the streets to quell outbreaks of violence, while hundreds have already arrived for a counter demonstration.
New chairman Tim Ablitt has bizarrely claimed to IBTimes UK that today's event in Exeter shall feature a Muslim woman marching with the EDL. The EDL wants more Muslims and fewer neo-Nazis in its ranks, the group's new chairman said. Meanwhile, around 800 people are expected to mount a counter demonstration against the group.
The EDL is set to be challenged by a group called Exeter Together who have insisted they will take a strong stand against bigotry. Spokeswoman Hannah Packam told the Express and Echo: "We want to unite together in a celebration of diversity and the multi-cultural community we are all so proud of in Exeter. A Bristol woman joining the march told local media she travelled around 100 miles for the march "to show strength" and "to oppose racist ideas". The English Disco Lovers (EDL) protest group also joined Exeter Together in their usual flamboyant fashion. Large parts of the city centre will be affected by the activity, although the marches are not expected to clash.
Some 250 officers from other parts of the country including Birmingham have been drafted in by Devon and Cornwall Police, in anticipation of a "large" EDL march. The right-wing group has used Exeter University’s Islamic studies and Muslim research centres as justification for the march in the city. The group first appeared in 2009 as a reaction against the Muslim protest at a homecoming parade in Luton. It quickly became known for holding street demonstrations and protests, often in majority Muslim areas: between 2009 and 2012 it held over 50 street-based demonstrations, which at their 2010 peak mobilised between 1,000 and 3,000 activists. The EDL (English Defence League) sees itself as a defender of British values, which includes the army.
Mr Robinson was also "gutted" that Help for Heroes rejected money donated to the charity for his sponsored walk. In its mission statement, the EDL says its first priority is "protecting and promoting human rights", which it believes are threatened by Muslim extremists.
However a survey of 1,600 EDL supporters found that this concern extends into the wider issue of immigration.
Matthew Goodwin, who carried out the research for Chatham House based on the YouGov survey, says that a wider discontent with society is the EDL's focus: "It's actually a sense that British society generally, as they see it, is under threat," he told Channel 4 News. But Matthew Collins of Hope Not Hate says that as its numbers have dwindled over the last few years, the EDL has become more fascist: "It became a 'something for everyone' organisation, a means of protest, and it became increasingly fascist and extremist," he told Channel 4 News. On Wednesday morning last week, before the murder of Lee Rigby, the EDL had 20,000 followers on Facebook: that figure is now 130,000 and rising. The campaign group says there were only a maximum of 300 actively engaged members before the Woolwich murder. Mr Collins says the organisation was on its last legs, beset with infighting and leadership changes. EDL supporters are more likely to be white working class, according to Hope Not Hate, while the Scottish Defence League (SDL) are more likely to be Protestant.
Compared to other far-right groups like the BNP or the National Front, the EDL attracts many more women supporters. Although supporters see themselves as defenders of British values, this is always manifested in opposition - either to Muslims or to anti-fascists. What characterises supporters is a strong disillusionment with politics: EDL supporters were almost twice as likely as the average respondent to feel very dissatisfied with the way democracy is working, according the Mr Goodwin's research for Chatham House.
The same research found that supporters of counter-jihad groups like the EDL are not overtly racist: 58 per cent agreed that non-white citizens who were born in the country are just as "British" as white citizens.
EDL supporters are more likely to believe that violence is justifiable - and inevitable: 72 per cent say that violence between different groups is "largely inevitable", compared with an average of 46 per cent.
According to the Chatham House report, this may be because of a pessimistic, apocalyptic vision presented by the EDL.
From hijab to burqa - a guide to Muslim headwearVirgins for sale in Colombia in 'world's biggest brothel'Fireman Sam 'Koran' episode pulled from streaming site'Jihadi Jack': 'If they want to bomb me, they'll bomb me'Drinking vs smoking - which is worse? This week UKIP had to disown a local election candidate Sue Bowen after it emerged she had been a BNP candidate. Then it turned out another candidate, Anna-Marie Crampton, photographed with Farage two weeks ago, was caught spouting conspiracy theories about Jews and the Holocaust.
Now this blog has been sent evidence that a senior UKIP activist has close associations with the English Defence League.

Membership is not available to anyone who is or has previously been a member of the British National Party, National Front, British Freedom Party, British People’s Party, English Defence League, Britain First or the UK First Party. If UKIP thinks these parties are racist and wants nothing to do with them, then why does it tolerate prominent members associating with the English Defence League? UPDATE: The Hope Not Hate blog points out that another key member, Tony Nixon, has been caught saying lots of racist stuff on his Facebook account, and supporting the EDL. Probably because it doesn’t have the resources to do a CRB and full background check on every single one of its members. Well done for making UKIP a better organisation now rather than waiting till they actually got somewhere and then shoving the boot in when it would have made more impact and been more embarrassing. By the way, UKIP don’t have the monopoly on its members, even its councillors, having weird and wonderful opinions and believing in various conspiracy theories. BTW – I resigned from the English Democrats over BNP links, which is a story easily found by googling it. In the meantime Bea Campbell, who regularly took freebies from the East German regime, is not only not criticised on these pages, she is welcome to write here. Personally I find that this kind of doggedness in outing and denouncing one’s opponents in the end lessens the ability for public discussion, even on discussion boards like this one.
That was pretty low IMO, and it showed that the people leading that campaign just didn’t get the culture of the Millwall fans and that website. But that doesn’t surprise me when I have read that the owner of this blog loaths high street bookmaker shops for example. I have yet to read any good analysis of the EDL on this website or on the old Pickled Politics one.
Not to mention that it’s such a graceless attempt at generating guilt by association.
In this case, Cliff Dixon has compromised himself but does not have the testicles to acknowledge it. Two opposing public demonstrations, ostensibly over the issue of freedom of speech and the banning of a Norwich church from City Council premises, went off largely peaceably in Norwich today (Nov 10).
The English Defence League drew around 200 people to its march, which it said was to defend freedom of speech and the rights of Norwich Reformed Church and its mininster Rev Alan Clifford, who has disassociated himself from the demonstration. A counter march from the We Are Norwich collection of faith and community groups, political parties and trade unions, drew over 1500 people to its demonstration.
After marching from Chapelfield Park and Castle Meadow, the two sides faced each other, with a large gap in between, in front of Norwich City Hall, where the church banning decision was made. With a very large Police presence of 400 officers from 11 different forces, just four arrests were made on the day, despite a lot of tension and provocation from both sides.
All three EDL speakers referred to the issues of freedom of speech and the banning of Norwich Reformed Church during their speeches.
It is only fitting that we smoke a Nub Habano while we read our latest book from Captain Capitalism. While we focus on the many commie inspirations of our current leaders in Washington, and the losers in our government bureaucracies like the IRS, BATFE, etc., it is a nice reminder that not all institutions are corrupt and that there are children among us who reflect the American children of the past. The FBI office in charge of investigating terrorism is contacting pro-life organizations.  Huh? Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. And there I was sitting in my car in a Walmart parking lot on a sunny Memorial Day in my hometown crying hard. The English Defence League (EDL) is a far-right street protest movement which opposes what it considers to be a spread of Islamism, Sharia law and Islamic extremism in the United Kingdom. 2) Street speeches denouncing the "poor armed muslims" and anger about soldiers butchered in the streets? But, if you were the victim from last week's beheading, wouldn't you want someone to be as angry as Tommy Robinson?  We would! And, true to form, the left fascists and the Muslims showed up to disrupt, agitate and engage in modern low-grade civil war. If they were EDL, you can be sure both the BBC and Reuters would have happily said so, and even put it in their headlines. We have to provide some protection and we are hoping to facilitate her attending," Ablitt told IBTimes UK. There will be a high police presence in the city, even though we have received no information to suggest there will be any violence or disorder. In order to deliver a personalised, responsive service and to improve the site, we remember and store information about how you use it. Current leader, known publicly as Tommy Robinson, recently told Channel 4 News he was "extremely passionate about our troops", and supporters clearly feel an affinity, however unfounded, with murdered Drummer Lee Rigby.
This was the top concern of respondents, followed by the economy, while "Muslims in Britain" was named as the third most quoted concern.

But Mr Collins, author of the book, Hate, My life in the British far-right, said that this is not an accurate representation of support.
At its peak mid-2010, there were around 3,000 members, but around 80 per cent of active members had drifted away. The EDL can still tap into networks and contact people who have left the organisation, as the post-Woolwich effect has shown.
Indeed, the organisation quotes Islamic attitudes to women as one of its grievances with Islam.
While they have not been seen on recent anti-cuts marches, EDL supporters in Leeds recently protested against the closure of a pub that may be converted into a Muslim centre. Dixon has attended a number of nationalist marches with the relatively small ‘March for England’ group – who are close to the EDL.
Instead it trusts members to be truthful and if they are not to expel them when the truth comes out. A Yorkshire Labour councillor thinks his mother is a green alien and aliens abducted him as a child. If David Cameron was at a public event and stood in front of a Union flag, and a member of the BNP walked in front of it when the photo was taken, would that give Cameron links to the BNP? Also, I’ve never heard of Sikhs against Sharia, but it sounds like an EDL sort of organisation. When you turn the EDL into dangerous ogres who must cause alarm wherever they appear, what you end up being is shrill.
If somebody paints German Gothic lettering on a flag, everyone involved in politics knows (or should know) the undertone. Because frankly they ain’t ever gonna get the reins over power, but they generate enough heat to split the right wing vote. We are the people who make up Norwich and we stand together peacefully and with dignity against the EDL.
At times it was challenging for officers but we successfully met our objectives of allowing the two groups to protest, which was their legal right. Day in and day out, we provide the services that make the City of New York one of the best in the world. Rosenthal "Power Naps" (his words, in his defense), the workers of the municipal workers union are working paying into Mr. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. At many of their demonstrations, EDL members have clashed with counter-demonstrators, including supporters of Unite Against Fascism (UAF). But the thugs and the sharia advocates engage in a low-grade civil war action, turning the demonstration into a violent melee. At a recent protest at Westminster on Bank Holiday Monday, an estimated 1,000 EDL supporters chanted "Muslim killers off our streets" and "There's only one Lee Rigby".
Immediately after the Woolwich attack, the group and its leaders were vocal in their condemnation of the attack - and what they saw as the causes of the attack.
A LibDem councillor in Hampshire thinks aliens in an organisation called Majestic are secretly walking the planet.
Galloway was photographed last week in a public place with a Tory – Does that make him a Conservative?
But when I hear David Blunkett or people like that joining in with trying to smear them, I recoil from it the same way I did when this blog led a campaign to stop Rod Liddle becoming the editor of the Independent.
It's too much like looking into a mirror and the things in the mirror are surprisingly unsettling. These cookies are completely safe and secure and will never contain any sensitive information.
SWP leaders have this weird opinion that they can use female members for sexual purposes without asking.
I do not think it was unreasonable for the council to ban that church from using a charity stall for very inflammatory remarks. It's when the talk begins to turn to what you stand for that things begin to fall apart.Newsweek and MSNBC had made the mistake of going "Full Liberal" and not only is there a much smaller liberal audience, but that audience doesn't really like naked liberalism. These are simple text files which sit on your computer, and are only used by us and our trusted partners. It would rather see its agenda dressed up in mainstream colors than see it for what it really is.---What media liberals fear most isn't the right, it's being exposed as the left. Politicians are not perfect, nor can any be expected to as it’s a requirement of the job to not be perfect.

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