Trouble at Stoke-on-Trent English Defence League rally.

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  1. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    After that Islam4UK was banned,not to ban these lot would send the wrong message.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/8476873.stm

    [/quote]Fifteen people were arrested at an English Defence League (EDL) rally in Stoke-on-Trent after trouble broke out.

    Four officers were injured and vehicles were damaged when EDL supporters broke through police cordons. Two of the officers needed hospital treatment.

    About 1,500 EDL supporters were at the rally in Hanley to protest about Islamic extremism, police said.

    Up to 300 members from the group Unite Against Fascism gathered on the other side of Hanley centre.

    Multi-faith pledge

    Supt Dave Mellor of Staffordshire Police said more than 600 officers had been deployed to the rally and disorder had been "sporadic".

    One officer needed hospital treatment for an arm injury, another needed a facial injury to be examined by doctors. The two other injured officers returned to duty immediately.

    BBC Midlands Today reporter Matt Cooke said said there had been few problems with the Unite Against Fascism demonstration.

    He said there was trouble as the EDL crowd dispersed.

    Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Sikh faith leaders signed a pledge against all forms of racism, ahead of the event on Saturday.

    Unite Against Fascism supporters in Hanley

    The Right Rev Gordon Mursell, the Church of England Bishop of Stafford, said after signing the pledge on Thursday: "We believe that real diversity actually helps create a vibrant and attractive city.

    "The EDL and BNP think the opposite. That is why we oppose them."

    Staffordshire Police said it had sufficient officers in place to deal with the demonstration and had learnt "valuable lessons" from other police forces around the country, who had dealt with similar protests.

    Ninety people were arrested following clashes between EDL campaigners and anti-fascist supporters in Birmingham in September.
     
  2. They shouldn't be banned. They should be sufficiently organised such that they have membership lists that can then get leaked and live on my hard drive. This helps me check if I am ever in any danger of socialising or doing business with them.
     
  3. saw this on the local evening news. Looked quite nasty, the reporter had to duck as bottles etc pelted the police vans. They got a comment from one of the EDL and he made it perfectly clear what they wanted (quote) "No black in the union jack" i was suprised the BBC showed that to be honest.

    Despicable, i hope the powers that be step in and do somthing about these thugs sharpish.
     
  4. Somebody should do something. It's crazy.

    Hopefully, The Nanny State will step up to The Oche and protect us all.
    God knows where we would be if we could make our own decisions.
     
  5. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    I'll bet tommorow we see calls for action against the EDF from Musim's & other groups.
     
  6. Other electricity suppliers are available.
     
  7. Sorry, which bunch of violent extremist lunatics did you want banned?
    The EDF or Unite Against Fascism?
     
  8. Ban Labour from Government at the next election and maybe the rationale for both groups will evaporate.
     
  9. What is the CofE view on homosexuality? And they're not too keen on female bishops. Obviously they mean diversity should only aplies to other people.
     
  10. Funnily enough I have a black mate that is a member of the EDF that was there tonight, he gave a slightly different version of events to that reported by the news.

    Not denying the arrests but I fear that the "racial element" is absolute b0llocks.
     

  11. Would your black mate like to explain what motivated him to join a racist organisation like the EDL? :D
     
  12. You lie, The EDL are all BNP racist thugs, I saw it in the newspapers.
     
  13. Well they certainly look like a representative cross section of the UK...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/stoke/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8476000/8476851.stm

    ...if Britain was populated entirely by white bald football hooligans.
     
  14. I suppose we have to ask ourselves why there is a EDL in the first place. They don't form these groups for no reason.
     
  15. Twenty years ago when I was a student in Stoke, my girlfriend, a sixth former, had a friend of Pakistani descent, a girl, who was brought up in a liberal, western household.

    She recounted how said girl had been accosted by a group of lads, British but of Pakistani origin who had denounced her for having a white boyfriend and generally insulted her - in urdu.

    Consider that those bastards - I remember the crowd of surly youths of Pakistani origin who stuck to themselves and didn't mix with the rest of the VI form, they are now grown men in their early forties, probably with families of their own who have built on the prejudices that they held then and have raised a whole generation of disaffected offspring.

    The girl in question denounced them as racist bastards then and she was right to do so. They were trouble then and as we failed to nip it in the bud they are a damned sight more trouble now. No doubt the EDL attracts some fascists and undesirables but if they are standing up against the values that those wnakers from 20 years ago are still promoting then good luck to them. The "Anti Fascists" should be standing shoulder to shoulder with them if they really oppose extremism.