Sixteen people were arrested after EDL demonstrators clashed with police as they protested the Tower Hamlets, an Islamic hellhole of shari’a rule in East London. Skirmishes broke out as EDL leader Tommy Robinson addressed the crowd, telling them he had broken his bail conditions to be at the protest. He was not one of those arrested.
Thanks to BNI reader, Saxon, we now have the video of Tommy’s speech:
Here you can see the Dhimmi Leftist Brits denouncing the EDL and defending the Fascist Muslims who are trying to steal their county.
Mercury – The EDL had told Scotland Yard it planned to lead a “static demonstration” in the wake of a 30-day ban by Home Secretary Theresa May on marching in six areas. There had been fears of potential unrest ahead of the protest, centred on the deprived inner city borough of Tower Hamlets.
Mrs May also banned marches in Newham, Waltham Forest, Islington, Hackney and the City of London. More than 3,000 officers were made available amid fears of violence and clashes with opposition groups including Unite Against Fascism.
Police vans from forces including Cumbria, Lancashire and Grampian could be seen on the streets. Campaigners have been in ongoing negotiations with police chiefs in the wake of tough measures introduced by Mrs May. It is the first time since the Brixton riots 30 years ago that police have requested powers to stop marches in London.
Scuffles broke out as Lennon addressed the chanting crowd, many of whom were waving banners and flags. He said: “I’m meant to sign on at a police station on a Saturday, I’m not doing that. I’m not allowed to go to a demonstration, I’m not doing that.
“The credible outcome is I will be put on remand in prison for my democratic right. That’s what’s going to happen and when I go to court if they let me out of court with any bail conditions that restrict my democratic right to oppose militant Islam, I will break them the minute I walk out.”
For anyone who is still wondering why the EDL are going to Tower Hamlets, we’ve compiled our top ten reasons:
EDLThe demonstration has been a long time coming, and so it’s probably worth reminding everyone of the reasons why Tower Hamlets was chosen. The London Borough was famously described as Britain’s Islamic Republic, and perhaps more so than anywhere else in country, it illustrates that the dangers of the unchecked growth of radical Islam: divided communities, extremism, and politicians looking increasingly clueless.
In an article originally published in October 2010 we highlighted numerous cases which demonstrate how Tower Hamlets has become not only an Islamic ghetto, but a place where radical Islam is increasingly calling the shots. ‘Islamisation’ may not always be a term that is easy to define, but for the residents of Tower Hamlets it is an everyday reality.
1. To stand up for freedom of speech
We believe that radical Islam, the government’s response to it, and the wider Muslim community’s continued failure to seriously come to terms with it, are all worthy of criticism. These are already good reasons to protest. But the moment fair-minded criticism is censored, the more important it becomes. The more the concerns of ordinary people are ignored or demonised, the more important it becomes that their voices are heard. We will do our best to represent all of those people, and make the criticisms that need to be heard.
2. Because England should not have any no go zones
If there are areas of the country where people fear to go, then it is important that we demonstrate to those who would impose these segregated ghettos upon us that their divisive and supremacist ideas are not welcome here.
3. Because England certainly shouldn’t have any Sharia zones
Sharia, the Islamic Law that The European Court of Human Rights has ruled “incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy”, and under which non-Muslims and women are treated as second class citizens, would likely see those found guilty of homosexuality or apostasy (leaving Islam) face the death penalty. Of course, we’re a long way off the formal adoption of anything so extreme, but with an increasing number of Sharia courts being allowed to rule on family matters, and fanatics claiming that they will police the Tower Hamlets ‘Sharia Zone’, the time has come to send a very clear message: no Sharia here!
4. To protest against the tide of violence and discrimination that has erupted in Tower Hamlets
Whether it’s the threat of violence by Sharia-advocates, the harassment of women who do not choose to wear the headscarf, the continuing attacks on homosexuals, or even the vicious attack on an RE teacher for daring to teach Muslim girls, there are no shortage of examples of how radical Islam continues to inspire intolerance, discrimination and violence. But what is being done to address the problem?
5. To oppose radical Islam
When people think of radical Islam, they often think of the extremists who are willing to go to such lengths that they become involved in acts of terrorism. But for this kind of extremism to be possible there has to be a background of radical opinion. There has to be a culture, an atmosphere, and an underlying radical ideology that gives birth to these Islamic extremists, and which is responsible for a series of lesser crimes. This is exactly what is growing in Tower Hamlets.
6. To expose how deeply entrenched radical Islam has become in Tower Hamlets
The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, was elected amongst a storm of controversy and was supported by a number of unpleasant characters, including ‘Red’ Ken Livingstone and George Galloway. Although openly regarded as an extremist by the Conservative Party, they’ve not as yet managed to dislodge him. Rahman was also aided in his mayoral campaign by the Islamic Forum of Europe, a Supremacist Islamist organisation that fully supports the implementation of Sharia, and has considerable influence over the controversial East London mosque, which is known for routinely hosting hate preachers. The Islamic Forum of Europe is incredibly active within Tower Hamlets, and their youth division, the inventively-named Young Muslim Organisation, is based in the area. It is these types of organisations that the media and politicians must do a great deal more to expose.
7. To maintain our commitment to peaceful protest.
If simply exercising our democratic right to peaceful protest exposes us to hatred and hostility, then it is important that we are not intimidated, that we do not give up, and that we recognise that our opponents’ actions will do more to damn them than our criticism ever could. Keep Calm and Carry On!
8. To combat and expose misrepresentation of our goals
There will still be those who claim that we have no genuine interest in exposing radical Islam and are, instead, only interested in demonising all Muslims, dividing our communities, or ‘stirring up trouble’. This could not be further from the truth. We represent people from diverse communities who would be horrified at the idea of discriminating against people simply on the grounds of their religion (or even their race). The accusation that we are just troublemakers is simply offensive, because it dismisses legitimate concerns and perpetuates a dangerous stereotype of all critics of Islam as mindless thugs. These empty claims say more about our critics than they do about the EDL, and we hope to make that clear come Saturday.
9. To expose the failings of the government’s counter-extremism initiatives
The government should embrace a peaceful, anti-extremist movement that not only represents the views of tens of thousands of people, but which also plays a key role in combating the supposed rise of far Right extremism. The very fact that they do not demonstrates that politicians’ have their priorities completely wrong. They would rather engage with Islamic extremists than they would listen to the country’s largest anti-extremist protest movement. Hopefully they will begin to listen this time.
10. Because we owe it to everyone who has suffered at the hands of radical Islam, or has had their freedoms curtailed because they have made criticisms that members of the political establishment have not wanted to address
Whatever our critics may claim motivates our supporters, we know that we represent decent, ordinary people. We do not represent people of any particular colour or creed, and we do not subscribe to any one political ideology. Black, white, gay, straight, Left, Right, Muslim, non-Muslim: all should be united against radical Islam, all should be permitted to speak, and all are welcome to protest under the EDL banner.
We look forward to welcoming our international supporters, many of whom will recognise how important freedom of speech is if we are to formulate successful strategies for combating radical Islam. We also look forward to meeting members of the local community and speaking with new supporters.
The only divisions we wish to create in Tower Hamlets are between radical Islam and the rest of the community. Radical Islam can only be expelled from this country if its grip on the Muslim community is loosened, and for that we need the help of government, the media, and British Muslims.
It’s about time they all stepped up to the mark.