On Saturday 4 February 2012, the EDL peacefully protested in Leicester in their first national demonstration of the year.
Tommy Robinson, leader of the EDL, had previously spoken about the reasons for the Leicester demonstration in his January New Year ‘video diary’ message.
Top of the list was the racially motivated attack on a white, English girl, Rhea Page, by four Somali Muslim girls, which occurred in Leicester city centre, as reported by The Telegraph and captured on CCTV.
Tommy Robinson speaks
Speaking in Leicester to supporters of the EDL, Tommy Robinson reminded everyone why they were there. In reference to the attack on Rhea Page, he said: “To anyone who hasn’t read it yet, you hear the story – it’s unbelievable, OK. They shouted, “Kill the white bitch”. Were these people charged with religiously or racially motivated crimes? No they weren’t. No they weren’t. OK. So they beat an innocent English man and woman, walking home. They beat them for ten minutes. They jumped all over them and they shouted “Kill the white bitch” And when they were let off in court, the reason why they were let off, is because they were Muslim and they were not used to drinking alcohol!”
Again he mentioned what he calls the two-tier justice system in the country.
He mentioned the case coming up on Monday 6 February at Liverpool Crown Court of the alleged Muslim paedophiles and how the mainstream media had kept quiet about this.
He read a banner saying ‘Justice for Charlene Downes’ and spoke about this disturbing case. “If you try and explain to anyone the circumstances and the story behind this, it is like a sick horror film. It is unbelievable what has happened to these girls.”
According to the BBC “Police estimated about 800 people attended the EDL march and about 200 marched in the UAF event.”
‘This is Leicestershire’ reported 100 less EDL supporters, compared to the BBC.
The police reported that there had been no arrests directly relating to the EDL protest.
Unite Against Fascism (UAF)
Unite Against Fascism is a far-left organisation that holds counter protests against the patriotic EDL’s demonstrations against Muslim extremism.
The ironically named UAF, as reported in The Telegraph, only believe in allowing marches by organisations that share their far-left political views.
In the same article, Brendan O’Neill of The Telegraph wrote in August last year “UAF has issued what must rank as one of the silliest political statements of the year so far.” In the article he asked the question “Just how dumb is Unite Against Fascism?”
The clichés that the UAF usually uses to describe the EDL include 'fascist', 'racist' and 'nazi'.
Signatories to the UAF ‘Founding Statement’ include Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, (who recently got herself into trouble for making ‘racist’ remarks, when she tweeted “White people love playing ‘divide & rule’. We should not play their game”) and Jeremy Dear, former General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) who previously described himself as a Socialist in an interview with Press Gazette magazine.
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