13/08/2011 – The EDL Telford gathering appears to be going ahead in Wellington, with a large turn out reported. Shops and businesses boarded up windows and the town ground to a halt, with a large police prescence. We will report on events when we know what has happened.
09/08/2011 – EDL have made a statement saying that they planning a peaceful protect against Anarchy in London on the 10/08/2011.
A number of violent demonstrations across the UK have prompted the authorities, and possibly rogue hackers to take action against a number of extremist organisations including the EDL and UAF.
The EDL website not only now is down possibly hacked but also their Facebook page is down. EDL’s mission varies, though the main themes are the fight against Militant Islam, and to stop Mosques being built.
Their second aim with the Mosques is perhaps an ill conceived idea, though the fight against Militant extremism is of course a good cause. The problem is when innocents get caught up in violent marches and protests, and the valuable police resources that are needed to police these demos.
The Telford March which was planned for the 13th March has been subject of much controvesy and there are fears that an unknown number of potentially violent people will not contain their anger, and trouble will flair.
There has been much criticism that the EDL should not be protesting, though it is a right to do so, there must be better ways to get their message heard, protests are now old news, politics is where they can raise their concerns.
Recently Police in Dorset had arrested an EDL member who was accused over a suspected bomb plot. A driver and at least six others were arrested for conspiracy to cause an explosion. All were later mysteriously released without charge.
It is believed that Police are currently investigating both the EDL and UAF for a number of reasons including organised violence, inciting racial hatred, and other non specified terrorism related offences. The actions of these organisations are certainly gaining headlines, but also affecting many innocent citizens in negative ways.
Over the coming demonstrations by the EDL and UAF police have said that they will be coming down hard on any signs of civil disobedience and ask that both sides carry out peaceful protests.
Some sources say that following investigations some leading members of the EDL group have been arrested under terrorism laws, and their website has been shut down. Though it has been back on and off, it seems that there must be a concerted effort to shut the EDL down.
This follows suspicions of both links to the Norway Killer and senior members of the EDL who hold racist and anti – English views. As an organisation there are doubts about where the EDL is going, and what t really is.
The Tower Hamlets protest which has met resistance looks set to be banned after an EDL stabbing on a UAF supported who was stabbed at a protest march.
The far right human rights organisation called the EDL website is now down. It has certainly been hacked for the umpteenth time this year and last. The coming protest and Telford march which planned has met much resentment from members of the local Telford community.
The Tower Hamlets protest later this month is also facing resistance. To give a wider picture the EDL movement came out of the football firm culture and although EDL claim to be a peaceful Human Rights organisation, in recent times it has been leaning towards the right.
There have been many previous protests and marches over the past year. The overall aim of the EDL appears to be non political but to raise awareness of issues which they believe are important to the general population. These issues revolve around Islam.
A rival organisation called the UAF – United Against Fascism is a money making organisation which has one current aim, to protest against the EDL. The UAF is said to be a highly militant and dangerous organisation, and probably has more of a warped ideology that the EDL as it seems to not know what it really wants.
At many demonstrations you will see UAF supporters fighting with EDL and vice versa. Many innocent victims have resulted from protests which these organisations are involved in, and Police and Government have been looking at ways to control the spread of these militant organisations.
Recently the Police made a drive against Anarchists in the UK, though this is a not well known Ideology, and many believe that the real dangers to the public come from organisations such as EDL and UAF, though Anarchists come in varying forms, the most violent of which infiltrate other protests with the intention of damage to property and violence.
The Facebook page of the EDL has also been hacked, and it is believed that members of a well known hacking group have taken the website down. The UAF site is also reported to of been hacked on a number of occasions recently.
The website turned into a place that racism and many other ism’s were widely discussed and there had been calls for some time to take action, legally, against what in effect was a place where hatred was being encouraged.
The EDL website and Facebook may of been taken down by the domain registrar, at request of the authorities, though no official word has emerged in any of the major media sources.
The violence, hatred and foul words at recent EDL and UAF protests have created many negative headlines. Although EDL membership is estimated at around 20,000 people, only a few thousand turn out for the bigger protests, with the UAF attracting similar numbers.
EDL and UAF members have been involved in stabbings and other violent offences, and cannot be seen to be serious movements that have a future, though fair issues are raised by both sides, until they can take control and cut out the violence they will not be taken seriously.
The police are expected to crack down hard on any violence on upcoming marches, and a rapid response team in full body armour has been arranged for the forthcoming marches, which seem to produce both racial, religious, and other negative emotions in people.
On a recent march a UAF member was stabbed, though the EDL claimed that it was Muslims not EDL members who committed the act.