Arrests Made At EDL Protest

By BethPH Last edited 88 months ago
Arrests Made At EDL Protest

Yesterday's English Defence League protest saw 60 arrests made after altercations with police, local residents and anti-fascist demonstraters.

The BBC described the atmosphere as 'rowdy' and reported 'shouting and incendiary chants' while the Guardian described racist abuse directed at tourists and local residents. Hundreds of EDL protesters were prevented from travelling when staff at Kings Cross closed the station - RMT members working at Liverpool Street previously said they would close that station if the EDL gathered there.

EDL founder Stephen Yaxley-Lennon attended the protest in disguise before revealing his identity during a speech to the crowd. Despite his presence at the protest being in breach of bail conditions set after he was convicted of leading a street brawl last year, he was not among the arrests made.

Unite Against Fascism are claiming victory after the EDL were prevented from entering the borough of Tower Hamlets.

Photo by McTumshie

Last Updated 04 September 2011