posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 11:33
News in this morning of another EDL thug convicted for attacking an innocent person.
Salvatore Allegro is the man convicted of the assault. He is good friends it seems with South East Alliance (SEA) leader and former EDL Essex leader, Paul Prodromou.
The two of them marched together and issued threats to people in Brighton recently, when the "March for England" project was driven out of town, once more, by locals who object to racism and fascism.
Prodromou has changed his name to the more Anglo-sounding "Pitt" when he is on activities with his fascist friends. Salvatore, apparently, sees no reason to.
People with names like Prodromou and Allegro are often bounded about by the EDL and their fellow travellers as proof that the EDL & co are not racist. Is it actually not more of a case that the "assimilation" that the EDL and friends keep demanding of people, is actually a further code word for being as racist and as thuggish the rest of them?
posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 09:30
The "North West Front Line Firm" are heading to Burnley this Saturday to, in their words, "stop the Islamification of Britain."
What with the recent re-emergence of the EDL and in particular it's leader Stephen Lennon, the various satellite groups that sprung from the EDL when it was in free-fall are now, themselves, fighting for survival.
Expect to see the same old faces as you always do, drunken thugs, who will stand for hours in and outsidde of a pub shouting and chanting racist abuse and then fighting among themselves afterwards.
Now in its fourth year, the counter-Jihad street movement has achieved absolutely none of its original aims, but a couple of individuals have put a few quid in their pockets' at least. In the main, that seems to be what lies behind most of these groups anyway; the sale of second-rate merchandise and a grubby understanding of hedonism.
The same group behind this demonstration are the same people that went to Ashton Under Lyne last weekend, where four of their supporters were arrested. It could have been more, perhaps it should have been.
The North East Infidels have pledged their support along with Casuals United and other, tiny groups of fascists to the demonstration.
The North West Infidels, one of the more active groups on the extreme right are the main driving force behind this demonstration. Six of their number are currently on bail while another half a dozen were raided by the police in the wake of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 07:08
Over the last few weeks supporters of the BNP and EDL have been spearheading a campaign against a Shropshire County Council decision to sell a former church building to the Bangladeshi Welfare Society for use as a Prayer Centre.
There has been a facebook page set up to oppose the plans which carried so many vile threats that three people have been arrested. There have been protests, including a Casuals United demonstration a week last Saturday which attracted 30-40 people.
However, the good people of Shrewsbury are refusing to let the extremists have it all their own way. Following a really successful HOPE not hate meeting in the town last Wednesday, attended by 26 people, a letter has been drawn up in support of the Prayer Centre which will be presented to the Chair of the Council’s Planning Committee ahead of their meeting on Thursday.
The letter, which has so far been co-signed by 558 people in Shrewsbury, focuses on the right of all faiths to have a place to worship. It has gained the support of a wide cross-section of the local population and received a good write-up in the Shropshire Star newspaper.
The letter can be read here:
The letter was considered an important and immediate response to the social media campaign being waged by local extremists and it was a desire to show that the EDL and BNP supporters did not speak for the majority of local people. And certainly, from the feedback both we received and that on the local newspaper website, many people felt pleased and relieved that this initiative had been undertaken.
Another local HOPE not hate meeting is already being arranged and it is hoped that the letter will provide a platform for more general myth-busting and positive campaigning in the town.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 14 June 2013, 09:46
HOPE not hate is currently have a wide-ranging discussion with its supporters about our future direction and priorities. The meetings were initially set up to talk about the rise of UKIP and if, and how, we should respond. However, given recent events there has obviously been a lot of interest in the re-emergence of the EDL following the Woolwich murder and our views about Islamist hate preachers.
I have done two meetings this week, one in Shrewsbury and last night in Luton. Both were really interesting and thought-provoking. It was the first time we have had a HOPE not hate meeting in Shrewsbury so it was great that 26 people attended. In addition to the national picture, many wanted to discussed the controversy surrounding the purchase of a building for use as a prayer room. A number of ideas came out of the meeting to dispel myths and show solidarity with the local Muslim community.
Luton is obviously a town I know well, so it was good to catch up with a few old friends. I was surprised about the frankness and honesty of the problems within Luton and a real determination from some in the room to tackle some of the difficult issues that all too often get overlooked.
The biggest meeting of the past week was in Leicester, where over 70 people attended.
There are more meetings next week, including those in Oxford, Reading, Brighton, Eastleigh, Preston, Thurrock, Stockport, Sheffield, Southampton, London, Harrow, Bournemouth, Lancaster and Dudley. There are probably one or two others that I have forgotten.
I number of new local HOPE not hate groups are being formed as a result of these meetings and details of these will be released soon.
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posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 8 June 2013, 15:59
Just when we thought it had all come to an end, the EDL never fail to let us down with a display of unadulterated drunken violence.
The police initially moved the EDL away from The Swim Inn and down Victoria Street.
Violence soon broke out with the EDL attempting to attack the police lines. So far two arrests have been made.
Bottles and missiles were thrown at the police, with one of the bottles hitting one of their own protestors, Martin Addy from Castleford.
Addy received a nasty cut to the head at the hands of his own and unfortunatley for him local paramedics could not reach him because of the imposed road closures.Luckily, a local couple gave him much needed first aid as his EDL mates had abandoned him.
The police seem to have lost control somewhat with the EDL now heading down West Street towards the city centre.
Let's not forget, this was supposed to be a show of respect by the EDL for the murdered soldier Lee Rigby, it seems the EDL just can't help themselves when it comes to violence.
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 8 June 2013, 14:30
Whilst we have been concentrating on the EDL protests in Sheffield and Lincoln we have overlooked a planned protest in Shrewsbury.The EDL are holding a protest against a proposed Islamic centre . I say "overlooked" it looks like the EDL overlooked it themselves. Huge demo lads !
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 8 June 2013, 14:17
In Lincoln Anti mosque protestors initially gathered in the George and Dragon pub with a large group of counter protestors gathering in the Cornhill area.
The racists then moved to City Square with a couple of the yobs approaching the counter protestors looking for trouble.
Chants of 'burn the mosque' and 'who the f**k is Allah' broke out amongst the crowd, however, they weren't to go unchallenged. One brave elderly lady confronted the protestors calling them 'disgusting'.
Members of the march then left City Square and attempted to march to the proposed site of the mosque on Boultham Park Road but police blocked them.
Some of the protest speakers addressed the crowd. One said "The reason we don't want a mosque is that we don't want Islam in this county". Another speaker was a serving soldier.
One speaker known as 'Wolfie' said: "Muslims want to take over the world, they want world domination.Another speaker said: "Make no mistake, we can change things, next time there won't be hundreds, there will be thousands.I'm telling the council to take this as a warning as we will bring this town to a standstill."
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 8 June 2013, 13:58
Well despite all the bluster the EDL "event" appears to be over.EDL leader Stephen Lennon aka Tommy Robinson is claiming over 1000 turned out for the EDL, however, people in Sheffield are telling us that there are less than 500. The EDL walked to the Cenotaph, disgraced the area for five minutes and then returned to what they do best, getting drunk in the various pubs. The heavy police presence are only letting shoppers through into the Barkers Pool area, stopping anyone who the believe looks like an EDL supporter. Some of the EDL are currently kettled in the Victoria Street area at the top of West Street. All in all, it was a pretty pointless exercise by the EDL, huge police presence at a massive cost to the public with local trade damaged for the second weekend running. Well done Tommy you plank !
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 8 June 2013, 13:23
Things are starting to happen in Sheffield.Numbers are debatable, but there appear to be around 500 EDL in the city centre with large numbers of police in position around Barkers Pool with plenty more in reserve down the various side streets. The EDL contingent have marched towards the Cenotaph and then have changed direction up towards the shopping area on Division Street which leads onto Barkers Pool. Counter protestors are now venturing towards the Cenotaph with the intention of reclaiming the area. Spotted with the EDL mob is Sheffield's resident BNP idiot George Crapper, complete with his homemade "Nationalist Security" body warmer.
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 8 June 2013, 12:55
While we have our eye on Sheffield we are also monitring several other protests being held around the country.One of them is an anti Mosque protest in Lincoln, which has been organised by the East Anglian Patriots, which in reality is the EDL. There is a heavy police presence in the city with a large number of police at the railway station. Small pockets of protesters roam the city chanting "No More Mosques" while a group of counter protestors gather at speakers corner. Police have asked local cafes and bars to remove any furniture from outside in case any trouble erupts. Let's hope it doesn't
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 8 June 2013, 11:58
Sam Mayhew, Thurrock BNP organiser has quit the party.The reason for his sudden departure is unclear and leaves what is left of Thurrock BNP in disarray. Mayhew was seen as one of the fewnnew faces in the BNP and was also active with the Young BNP.
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 8 June 2013, 11:13
South Yorks police are estimating that the EDL presence will be in the region of around 500.At the moment, small groups of EDL are wandering around the city centre, all is calm at the moment. We have been sent a photo of Tommy and his toddlers as he lords it in Sheffield. Nothing says “respect” like dressing in shorts, no socks and trainers!
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 8 June 2013, 10:48
With the EDL returning to Sheffield today, South Yorkshire police are taking now chances when it comes to protecting the city centre.Steel barriers have been erected to preserve the cenotaph on Barkers Pool and all the adjacent side roads have been blocked off. The EDL appear to be congregating in the Banker's Draft pub, there are approximately 100 of them so far. Liverpool division have just arrived to bolster the numbers. Also in the pub is EDL leader Tommy Robinson aka Stephen Lennon. So far the police presence at the pub is non existent.
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 7 June 2013, 18:37
Just a few of the comments saved from various EDL divisions regarding the Muswell Hill Islamic centre that was destroyed in suspicious circumstances.
Firefighters tackling the blaze claim they saw EDL graffiti painted on the building.
Are the EDL racist thugs ? Do bears poop in the woods ?
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posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Friday, 7 June 2013, 13:03
Salma Yaqoob, the former leader of the Respect Party and current spokesperson for Birmingham Central Mosque, was a guest on last night's Question Time.
Salma was quite happy with how the appearance went, apart from a threat from somebody to cut her throat.
The threat was one of a series of quite disturbing threats made against Salma and the Muslim community eminating from a character (unsurprisingly) linked to the EDL and its satellite groups.
The threat to cut Salma's throat was made by one Steve Littejohn, believed to be from the Merseyside area. Littlejohn also wrote that he would "quite happily walk into a Brum [Birmingham] mosque and plant a nail bomb".
One would think that the police would be quite keen to talk someone making those sort of threats against Salma and the Muslim community in general.
That being the case, perhaps they might recognise the person identified by our colleagues at EDL News as the person believed to be using the name Steve Littlejohn to post threats like those shown with this story against Salma and other Muslims.
Let's see if the police can find and either charge this "Steve Littlejohn" or eliminate him from their investigation quicker than the EDL can attempt to disown him or deny all knowledge of him.
Update: This matter is now in the hands of the police so we have obscured certain details
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posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Thursday, 6 June 2013, 11:46
Paul Telford can often be seen minding the BNP's leadership, more often than not, the BNP's leader Nick Griffin himself.
Below are some comments from Telford regarding the alleged arson attack on the Muslim centre in North London.
Perhaps Telford, like the rest of the BNP, thinks this could be the start of their "civil war".
It won't be, Mr Telford, by the way..
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Thursday, 6 June 2013, 10:41
A lot is currently being said about the alleged arson at a Muslim centre in Muswell Hill in North London. Our own statement on the issue can be read here
What is unsettling is just how many EDL supporters made threats to carry out attacks on Muslim places of worship in the immediate aftermath of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, two weeks ago.
Last night, so soon after the alleged arson in Muswell Hill, the EDL's chief in Newcastle, Alan Spence, once also a senior activist in the BNP, decided it was the right and appropriate time to highlight Mosques in Newcastle and Tyne and Wear for his followers.
Bad timing? Or just bad taste?
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 5 June 2013, 16:06
HOPE not hate are shocked and dismayed about reports of a firebomb targeting a Muslim centre in North London. There can be no excuse for violence and political extremism. This attack, at the Al-Rahma Islamic Centre, was seemingly designed to incite fear and anger on the streets of London. Whoever is ultimately shown to be behind this attack, it's clear the EDL and other extremist groups are fostering a climate of hate that allows outrages such as this to be perpetrated.
The people behind this attack are as hate-filled as the Woolwich killers. The people who inspired this attack are little different from those who inspired the Woolwich killers. This is the politics of hate.
We need to stand by the Muslim community to show our solidarity with the belief that an injury to one is an injury to all. We must ensure that this tragic event does not create a cycle of extremism and retribution. HOPE not hate will continue to campaign against all forms of extremism and stands with the mainstream who have so strongly declared in recent days that "We are the Many".
posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Tuesday, 4 June 2013, 10:52
We never have anything nice to write about the BNP's Thomas Imrie. Imrie is apparently Nick Griffin's most trusted confidant in Scotland. He's also a sex tourist who likes to go to Thailand, and despite his membership and associations with a number of racist organisations, pays for sex with Thai women.
On Sunday the BNP sent out another begging email, surprisingly this time, asking for members as well as funds. That they needed new members must have struck them sometime on Saturday afternoon, when only 133 BNP members and supporters bothered to travel to London to listen to Nick Griffin.
In response to the BNP's email, which unsurprisingly banged on and on about a conspiracy between Muslims and others to deny the BNP a race war, Imrie, (who also like to be known as "Choo-Choo" by all accounts,) decided that the best way for the far-right to respond to their ever decreasing fortunes is to drive around in cars with "sniper crews.. to pick off the lefties and show them what violence is about."
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posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Sunday, 2 June 2013, 08:46
Yesterday in London the BNP claimed to have been demonstrating against terrorism.
The BNP does seem to have a rather selective view of terrorists judging by this flag of the Ulster Volunteer Force that was on their tiny demonstration.
I guess the days of the BNP trying to kid the Irish community in the UK that "Paddy bashing" is a thing of the BNP's past, are well and truly over.
What a surprise.
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posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Saturday, 1 June 2013, 21:18
Held on Lambeth Bridge for an hour and hurried out of Whitehall before he could desecrate the nation's war memorial, BNP leader Nick Griffin's plans for for a major London march and demonstration by the BNP today ended in disaster.
On Thursday night, as his plans for a march in Woolwich came crashing down around him, Griffin had turned to his arch nemesis Stephen Lennon, leader of the rival English Defence League (EDL), for help.
Unsurprisingly, the EDL leader rebuffed him. Since the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, there has been a desperate race by the two competing group's to cash in on the tragedy. Today, the EDL declared themselves the winners.
133 BNP supporters and members- thousands less than Griffin had promised them, waited for two hours under a hail of abuse and even women dressed as badgers until Griffin could show his face.
Griffin spoke of Kung-fu Muslims, "reds" and a host of bizarre other things until the point when the Metropolitan Police pulled the plug on him shortly before 1600hrs. He was not even allowed to lay his tatty wreath at the war memorial. His supporters were furious with him for making them wait. Among his biggest detractors was the BNP's under-fire National Organiser, Adam Walker.
Griffin knew deep down that this humiliation was coming. Everybody did.
Tonight the BNP are licking their wounds at a cheap buffet in a pub in south London. Griffin, unsurprisingly, reserved his most bitter hatred for the EDL leader Stephen Lennon, who abandoned Griffin after suffering year's of abuse from the BNP chief. This afternoon the BNP re-hashed their Jewish conspiracy theories about the EDL and no doubt, the rest of the world
The horror of their day will last for a lot longer.
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posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 1 June 2013, 13:07
Bill Weir, an EDL supporter from the North East has made a shocking admission.Weir, who spoke at the EDL's Newcastle demonstration last saturday has admitted that the flagging EDL has gain from the death of Drummer Lee Rigby.
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posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 1 June 2013, 12:56
A UKIP supporter has launched a disgusting attack on the family of Lee Rigby.
Dorset based UKIP activist Marty Caine is well known for his fierce and bullish defence of UKIP on Twitter. Aside from UKIP he also advocates the violent thugs of the EDL. Last night when quizzed about the brave rejection of the EDL by the grieving Rigby family Marty Caine gave this revolting response: " Because like a lot of idiots they believe that EDL are right wing fascist I suppose" Surely Nigel Farage and UKIP have to kick out this sick individual from their party ?
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posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Saturday, 1 June 2013, 12:04
The EDL failed to soil Manchester's war memorial when local councillors refused to be moved from the site.
Down in London, hundreds are now gathered to welcome the BNP to the world's most diverse and wonderful city..
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posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Saturday, 1 June 2013, 10:36
Twenty EDL thugs are currently hiding inside Manchester Victoria station.
Outside, members of the Infidels, including their thug leader Shane "Diddyman" Calvert are having a very difficult time...
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