Just one thing, we are not “right wing” and we aint connected to the EDL either. We are anti immigration protesters. We go where we want 5w
Far Right Marches in London
The English Defence League (EDL) have organised a ‘March on Parliament’ this Saturday and Antifascists are planning counter-protests. A group called the ‘Football Lads Alliance’ (FLA) have also arranged a protest in London on the same day and have far right links.
Their meeting point is not yet disclosed but Police information suggests the EDL may be meeting at the Lord Moon of The Mall pub on Whitehall and the Red Lion Pub on Parliament Street with the intention of starting the protest at 12:00. NICC COMMENT: social media indicates EDL followers are coming from various parts of London and further afield in the UK to attend this march so they are likely to use Charing Cross, Embankment or Westminster stations to get to this event. COMMENT ENDS.
At this time 195 people have confirmed on the main Facebook page (found here) as attending but they have various local divisions across the country and the Police estimate numbers to be more like 250-300.
The EDL having been planning this march for at least a few weeks, a march on Parliament in their words to “expose the culpability of government, media, churches and the bulk of opinion formers and decision-makers in civil society that enabled:
– The 22 March jihad attack at Westminster
– The 22 May jihad bombing in Manchester
– The 3rd June jihad attack at London Bridge.”
Social media chatter from the EDL and those associated with the EDL has increased in light of the recent attacks. They have focused on these latest terror attacks and say they are marching on Parliament as the government are not doing enough. NICC COMMENT: Recent events have emboldened them and given them a platform to spread more Islamophobic messages. COMMENT ENDS.
A couple of weeks ago former EDL-leader Tommy Robinson organised and spoke at a protest in Manchester with his new movement ‘UK against Hate’. He advertised this as a peaceful rally and he deliberately invited guest speakers from minority groups (e.g. a Black Christian minister, a Sikh leader and an LBT campaigner) so that he could attempt to
portray an anti-racist image that is inclusive of minority groups. Robinson’s movement is clearly anti-Islam and his speech at the event included a reference to a website he intends to set up called ‘findajihadi.com’ in which he is promoting vigilantism. Hundreds of people turned up as did counter-protesters. This led to numerous confrontations, disorder and 8 arrests. Although Robinson and his associates claim that the demonstration was attended by a cross section of society, including families and children, videos clearly show that the majority of attendees were white middle-aged males, many were members of Far-Right groups including the EDL and Robinson seems to have recently rebuilt some bridges with them. It is unclear whether he intends to march with the EDL on Saturday in London, but this is a possibility.
Since the Finsbury Park terror attack on people leaving a Mosque a few days ago, Robinson has condemned the attack but was also dismissive of the possibility that he contributed at all to a climate of hate. He has previously made derogatory comments about the Finsbury park mosque and two weeks before the attack he was quoted as saying “militias will be set up & angry people will “clean out this Islamic problem”.
NICC COMMENT: Other individuals linked to the Far right (and indeed the EDL) have responded to the Finsbury Park Mosque attack in a very similar way to Anne-Marie Waters (above, who is a prominent Far Right supporter and is linked to Pegida and other groups). They do not openly condone the attack but essentially are blaming Islam. COMMENT ENDS.
Football Lads Alliance (FLA)
The FLA have also arranged a protest in London this Saturday. They are a relatively closed group but believed to be a collective of football supporters from various premiership clubs. A recent post from one of their members on social media stated: “Right so the Football Lads (and ladies) Alliance – Unite against extremism protest march has just been confirmed by the police and will be from St Paul’s Cathedral, walking down and across London Bridge to finish at Borough Market. A minute’s silence will then be held to remember those killed in recent terror attacks. This will then be followed by talks by the people in charge and ex-military personnel. ROY LARNER the Millwall fan attacked at Borough Market will be leading our march alongside members of the Sikh community. This march welcomes anyone from any background race colour or creed to unite as one to show the government we will not stand for extremism in our great country. Be at St Paul’s for 12.30pm Saturday 24th June. We will be leaving from Harlow train station at Approx. 10am”.
Police information contradicts this slightly as it suggests the FLA will be joining the EDL in the Westminster area. The Met suggest that over 1000 people are expected. NICC COMMENT: The post (above) suggests the FLA will be in a different part of London – their focus being the London bridge area, not Westminster, however, there is a strong possibility the two main groups
will merge at some point during the day in order to swell their numbers. The FLA portray themselves as non-racist and non-far right, but social media suggests otherwise and in particular the group ‘Pie ‘N Mash Squad’ have stated their intention to join them on Saturday (they are a Far Right group affiliated with the EDL). COMMENT ENDS.
There are a number of anti-fascist groups intending on joining a counter-protest on Saturday. Most notably Unite Against Fascism (UAF). They say “We call on all who oppose the fascists to stand against such horror as seen in Finsbury Park and ensure that the racists do not divide us”. Exact meeting place and time are not yet known but they are likely to be gathering from 10:00.
At this time approx. 250 people have confirmed as attending – the Facebook events page can be found here. Another group with 150 attending can be found here.
The fact that two protests with like-minded causes could merge and swell numbers, the current political climate and the result of the Manchester protest a couple of weeks ago suggest that numbers could be more than has been seen at recent Far Right marches. The Far Left are still likely to outnumber the Far Right and with heightened tensions on both sides due to recent events, there is a strong possibility the opposing sides will clash (unless the Police are able to keep them separate). The Police have assessed these events as:
– The likelihood of pre-planned serious disorder is assessed as LOW (May occur occasionally)
– The likelihood of spontaneous disorder is assessed as MODERATE (Is as likely to occur as not)
– The likelihood of civil disobedience such as marching on the road, sit downs and moving onto secondary protest locations is assessed as LOW
– The likelihood of pre-planned disorder is assessed as MODERATE (Is as likely to occur as not)
– The likelihood of spontaneous disorder is assessed as MODERATE
– The likelihood of acts civil disobedience such as marching on the road, sit downs and moving onto secondary protest locations is assessed as HIGH (Likely to occur)
These are not recommendations. The conclusions in this report are intended to assist the reader in making an informed decision on their security requirements.