They hadn’t broken any laws or created a disturbance, they were arrested ONLY because of what the ‘thought’ police feared ‘might happen’ (if the muslims showed up to burn poppies and curse the war heroes again as they did last year).
UK DAILY MAIL (H/T Chervil & bains) Nearly 200 EDL protesters were arrested near the Cenotaph yesterday in further evidence of a tough line on disruptive demonstrations. Police surrounded a pub packed with English Defence League supporters two hours after wreaths were laid at the nearby Whitehall monument.
Scores of young men were arrested on suspicion of breaching the peace. (No, they were arrested for what fascist police thought they might possibly be thinking of doing, not for anything they actually did.)
Senior officers were determined to ‘preserve the dignity’ of memorial events and had warned trouble would be ‘dealt with robustly’. (Unlike the do-nothing way they dealt with the muslims who actually did start trouble last year?)
They said anyone seen insulting the memory of the war dead would be seen as a threat to public order and detained. (But when muslims insulted the war dead, police ignored them) Ministers have already signalled their desire to protect the dignity of memorial events by outlawing Muslims Against Crusades. (The EDL was there to make sure the muslims didn’t destroy the dignity of the events as they have done several times in the past)
But there was no sign of its leader Anjem Choudary after counter-terrorism police raided his home and an Islamic centre overnight. The Armistice Day police operation came just two days after the Met refused to allow a camp get a foothold in Trafalgar Square during a student march.
Hundreds of officers surrounded the Red Lion pub, which is opposite Downing Street, as tensions rose yesterday afternoon. Police had corralled EDL supporters into the pub at around 11am after fears they would target the camp outside St Paul’s.
But trouble soon flared inside as foreign staff (what foreign staff – Pakis?) were abused. Police forced the EDL supporters outside where they were ‘kettled’ against the building and many arrested.
One EDL supporter claimed on an internet message board that the group was armed with guns and threatened to take Britain ‘back into our own hands’. (CRAP. They are never armed, but I wish they were) The official EDL website had ordered members to conduct themselves ‘respectfully and responsibly’. (And they did. Can’t say the same for the police)