Friday, 16 September 2011

Crossing paths with the English Defence League

Out and about in Bermondsey the other weekend, Tsanga & I happened upon the fag end of an English Defence League demonstration (a full-on march had been outlawed by Home Secretary Theresa May). It was the most heavily policed event I've ever witnessed in London, or anywhere. It was hard to tell whether the cops were out in force because the EDL is genuinely dangerous (?) or because the MET will do anything to avoid losing the streets again like they did on occasion during the anti-cuts protests and recent riots. If you're interested in the EDL a) this is sort of the wrong site for you b) here's an interesting piece by The Daily Telegraph's Damian Thompson on their place in modern Britain.

I have no evidence whatsoever that this trash was scrawled by a EDL member but it was right next to their coaches ...

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