English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson said: “They’re chopping our soldiers’ heads off. This IS Islam. That’s what we’ve seen today. They’ve cut off one of our soldier’s heads in the streets of London. Our next generation are being taught through schools that Islam is a religion of peace. It’s not. It never has been. What you saw today IS Islam. Everyone’s had enough. There has to be a reaction, for the government and police to listen, to understand how outraged the British public are.”
Guardian (h/t realist) Members of the English Defence League congregated near Woolwich Arsenal station on Wednesday night after plans for a protest were circulated on social media. Scores of supporters of the English Defence League allegedly chanted anti-Muslim slogans in Woolwich hours after the beheading of a British soldier and the shooting of his two suspected assailants.
About 100 men, including some wearing balaclavas printed with “EDL”, engaged in running battles with police for less than an hour.
A police commander said officers cited section 60 of the Public Order Act, which allowed them to stop and search individuals within a specific area without evidence of a crime being committed. (Except if they’re Muslims)
The men congregated near Woolwich Arsenal station with flags bearing the cross of St George after plans for a protest were circulated on social media. Hundreds of police including riot police were stationed around Woolwich. The first clashed began just after ten before the men were pursued and blocked in at a pub close to a local mosque.
Elsewhere, two men were arrested after separate attacks on mosques. A 43-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of attempted arson after reportedly walking into a mosque with a knife in Braintree, Essex. The secretary of the mosque, Sikander Saleemy, told Channel 4 News he felt it was a “revenge attack”. (Well, DUH!)
“We absolutely condemn what happened in Woolwich, but it had nothing to do with us. (Oh here it comes, violence has nothing to do with Islam…except violence IS always about Islam) It was an appalling act of terror – but it wasn’t Islamic in any way. I wish it wasn’t described like that, because sadly people will now start to blame Muslims.”
Meanwhile, police in Kent were called to reports of criminal damage at a mosque in Canterbury Street, Gillingham, at 8.40pm. A spokesman said a man was in custody on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage.