Bottles, fireworks and smoke bombs were set off as 1,500 officers tried to contain pro-Muslim fascists who came out to counter protest thousands of English Defence League supporters holding a demonstration against Islamization in Luton today. Police were on duty to make sure EDL demonstrators did not enter the Bury Park area of Luton, where most of the town’s 30,000 Muslim population live. They also were there to prevent any Muslims attacking the EDL.
Daily Mail The town centre was flooded with police as tensions mounted that the right wing organisation’s members might clash with a counter demonstration by a 1,000-strong group from Unite Against Fascism at the same time in the usually busy shopping area. Two people were arrested on suspicion of public order offences, police said.
Bedfordshire Police said the day of action had concluded peacefully, despite ‘isolated incidents’ of disorder including smoke flares being set off and bottles being thrown towards police officers.
A police spokeswoman said a group of people from the counter protest, which formed under the ‘We Are Luton’ banner, had attempted to break away from the main march but were pushed back by officers.Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Richer said: ‘Overall the policing of these protests has been a resounding success and is testament to everyone involved including the community themselves and our partners.
‘It is disappointing that we saw disorder from some members of Unite Against Fascism, who were part of the ‘We Are Luton’ march, who attempted to break out of the agreed protest route.
‘I was very disappointed that the EDL chose to come to Luton again today so soon after their previous protest in February last year which caused large scale disruption to the people of the town and loss of trade for its businesses.
‘I would like to stress that what happened in town today does not represent the real Luton. The Luton I know is a town where people get along well together, celebrate our diversity and work together to overcome challenges.’ (CRAP. Muslims make it uncomfortable at best, dangerous at worst, for non-Muslim to walk around in Luton)
The EDL has held demonstrations across the country since it was formed in Luton in March 2009 as a response to Muslim radicals, who disrupted a home-coming parade by the Royal Anglian Regiment.