Kev Carroll, co-founder of the EDL, speaking about why the EDL is marching today
Despite the promise of violence, death threats and disruption by Islamic supremacists and their leftist tools, the EDL successfully marched in their Freedom rally, and maintained a calm and peaceful assembly. The EDL marched for freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, individual rights and equal rights under the law.
Despite fallacious reports by the Goebbels-inspired media, there were fourteen arrested, all anti-freedom agitators save for two EDL attendees (and one charge was so trumped up: "an old man was also taken into custody after he was found at what police described as 'on enclosed premises'"). The media never tells you who was arrested, just "14 arrested at EDL demo," implying they were EDL arrests. Lie.
The leftists trashed the city and assaulted police. They also set fire to rubbish bins (very occupy-ish). The EDL, on the other hand, was well-behaved. The media reports arrests, never distinguishing who was arrested or why. The media reports violence, but never describes who was responsible. Check out the media lies at Yahoo here -- this despite the fact that the left and the Islamic supremacists "overturned rubbish bins, set on fire, lumps of concrete were ripped off the wall and thrown at the police."
The BBC reported on the EDL freedom march this way: "Missiles have been thrown and 14 people arrested during two demonstrations in Bristol."
But it was the anti-freedom fascists who were throwing missiles or who "overturned bins."
Some 300 supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) marched from Redcliffe Wharf to Queen Square.
A counter demonstration at the same time by We are Bristol took place at Castle Park.
Avon and Somerset Police said "some missiles have been thrown" but they were now scaling back their operation as demonstrators returned home.
On Twitter the force said it had responded to missiles being thrown and it had been "working to calm things down".'Bins overturned'
The violence broke out after both rallies had finished.
The routes of both marches had been pre-planned to ensure demonstrators were kept apart.
"Rubbish bins were overturned and set on fire, lumps of concrete were ripped off the wall and thrown at the police," BBC reporter Nigel Dando at the scene said.
He added that a group of people in Victoria Street had tried to charge police lines and that about 60 police in full riot gear had been at the scene.
"There is a bit of standoff at the roundabout between Victoria Street and Redcliffe Way as the EDL supporters attempted to get to Temple Meads but police have stopped them at the moment," he said.Avon and Somerset Police said it would facilitate peaceful protests
Fourteen arrests were made for alleged offences including a racially aggravated public order offence, refusal to remove face coverings after being asked to do so by police, assaulting a police officer and unlawful assembly.
All those arrested remain in custody, Avon and Somerset Police said.
It had drafted in officers from other police forces and there were about 1,000 officers on duty.
Avon and Somerset Police said it would facilitate peaceful protests, but would tackle anyone who became involved in violence or disorder.
A separate and unrelated march organised by the city's gay community set off from Berkeley Square at 11:00 BST.
The colourful procession snaked down Park Street to College Green for the Pride festival.
Leftists were here -- their signature burning rubbish