On Saturday, 20th February 2010, members of the leadership team of the English Defence League were arrested as they traveled to Scotland to support the Scottish Defence League demonstration. While in prison, some EDL members are being targeted by imprisoned radicalised jihadist gangs, and have been beaten as prison authorities "turn a blind eye."
That's how bad things are in the UK. The protest in Edinburgh by the Scottish Defense League was held last weekend. Attendees were warned that the Scottish police were very different from English police and that they should be wary. They were also told that the police would be stopping people getting to the demo (we have seen that tactic used in Germany and Denmark.)
EDL Members Held on the Buses
Tony Williamson has comprehensive coverage of the protest here:
Read it all. Unbelievable.
We were forewarned by local people that the Scottish police were very different to English police and that we should be wary. We were also told that the police would be stopping people getting to the demo. I put that down as rumour mongering basing it on the assumption that police, even if they planned to do that, wouldn’t tell people about it. Also, I am a great believer in our fine democracy and in our inherent right to protest.
Now, of course the communists (Socialist Worker Party using their ‘front’ of UAF) were putting the usual lies out about our membership, saying that we were a bunch of neo-nazis, fascists, and other unsavoury characters. The fact is that a large amount of our number are former or current armed forces, hard working people, or just ordinary people from different walks of life that would like to protest about what we perceive to be a problem with radical Islam in this nation. However, as usual, we just laughed off their weasel words, preferring to let people see for themselves that we are neither racist nor fascist, in any way at all.
At first, the English police gave us a bit of a hard time, as they too believed the propaganda of the ‘unwashed hippy types’ to be the truth. Now of course they see the EDL in an entirely different light, though of course they do recognise that EDL does have some problems, which are largely in part due again to the lies of the communists in that it has attracted some unsavoury types. However these are very much a small minority and they are being cleared from the group very quickly. We do not, and will not associate with racists. Two of our four speakers at our last demonstration were made up of a Sikh and a black supporter. No racist organisation would have Sikh and black speakers. Their speeches were very well received. We also raised over £1,400 for charity at the last demo (towards a soldier who had lost three of his limbs in Afghanistan).
Now, back to Edinburgh.
We had planned to meet up with one of the Scottish folks and from there go into the town together by train. Firstly to keep our vehicles away from the communists, and secondly to have more people together (safety in numbers) in case we got attacked by some of the so-called ‘Antifa’ thugs.
We were due to arrive and meet at 10am, at 9:30am. He called me to say he had been arrested and could no longer meet us. He was later released without charge (seven hours later, well after the demo was finished). They do believe him to be one of the top SDL people, but the truth is he isn’t, he is just a member. However that point is unimportant, he was still arrested purely to stop his right to protest.
We got into the train station and immediately a large group of police officers descended on us (we later found out that they had observed us on CCTV at the train station where we boarded, and were waiting for us, we had committed no crimes or caused any disturbance of any kind). Out of our group of around thirty or so, only six got through without the police noticing us.