I wrote this about the English Defence League here:
Since everyone who stands up for human rights and freedom against Islamic supremacism and violence is branded a racist nowadays, it’s useful to look at the evidence. Here is a group that is so racist that it has featured a Sikh speaker, has a youth group that bears the slogan, “Black, White and Brown Unite,” and says: “We welcome members from all over the political spectrum, and with varying views on foreign policy, united against Islamic extremism and its influence on British life. Everyone from those whose ancestral roots are in pre-Roman Britain to immigrants just arrived yesterday will be welcomed into the EDL with open arms as long as they are willing to stand up with us for English values and against Islamist hate.”…
But there is more. As the photos above from its pro-Geert Wilders demonstration yesterday show, the EDL is standing up for human rights, for the freedom of speech, for Western civilization, for Israel, and for the defense against the global jihad and the Islamization of Britain. There is no credible evidence that this group is racist or fascist in the slightest degree. And it is standing as a virtually unarmed David against a Goliath of the British establishment, government, media, and police muscle. They are being vilified and smeared as well as brutalized and railroaded. Yes, it has come to this, and it has come to this quickly, and all free people who are in the U.S. and elsewhere should take careful note, because it is happening quickly here as well.
The EDL deserves the support of all free people.
Photos above from Pamela, who also has published this eyewitness account:
Brilliant photos, mine are not so good, but I have 2 photos of someone holding up a pink triangle. This was the symbol the nazis forced gay men to use to denote they were homosexual. Now used as a symbol of pride! So EDL has proved it is all encompassing. If my avatar is clicked here, the photos will be available on that blog.
I joined EDL last month after researching their website and videos. I was impressed by the young people of all faiths and colours. They were also holding a banner which said they support Israel. That is what clinched it for me.
I joined and was welcomed. I went on the discussion sites and left some messages. I said I was Jewish and I also contacted the leaders. Having seen videos of the deranged islamonazis on the rampage on marches, I admit I was fearful – specially as the police did not act against them as they shouted anti-semitic abuse.
I was going alone and wanted to get joined up with similar people. No doubt they were to busy but I received no reply.
I went anyway and arrived at Tate Britain. There were about 50 EDL members completely corralled by police at the front. There were more police than demonstrators. The EDL members stood there quietly and good humouredly for about 2 hours.Facing them on the steps of the museum, were a crowd of belligerent young people as well as at least 20 photographers: it resembled a colisseum.
I went inside the museum to get a drink and saw a young man sitting there looking a bit disconsolate. I smiled and sat next to him asked why there were so many police. He said there are ALWAYS so many.
I did not say I had come to the demo. Actually I was scared. I did not know how they would receive me.
So I walked slowly along the route they were to travel, just a short distance up to Parliament Square. I wanted to see if there was a counter demo. The Prime Minister was giving evidence across the square. There were police on horseback and police dogs.
As I approached Parliament I could see a small group of the counter-demo. There were about 30 people most as EDL said, unwashed students, on the Parliament side, about 4 groups of youthful commies and old hippies with teeth missing, trying to climb onto the barricades. Actually the police were good, as far as I could see. They engaged with the scum before EDL came in sight, stopping them getting near them.
As your report said, the ONLY ones to get arrested were the mini-fascists, screaming abuse. EDL were completely surrounded by police but also their own people. They were dignified and calm.
As soon as EDL came into sight, the fascists started screaming “Nazis go home”. I immediately went to the nearest policewoman and said that I am making a complaint; that they were allowing the other demo to shout racist language, that the EDL are against islamic racism. She said they are filming them all and will press charges later. I have written a letter to the Chief Constable about this. This is crucial.
The police squeezed the fascists into a small area, behind their vans, so that they couldnt even see the EDL demo.
I know there were at least 300 EDL because they took more than 10 minutes to pass, quite slowly.
I took my camera out and began to take photos, of people who were shouting abuse at EDL, as well as EDL banners. I was thrilled when I saw someone waving the pink triangle. But the police would not let me join the march at this stage. One guy on the march was angry at me and I told him I was on his side. I was surrounded by the fascists. They were mainly white and only a couple of muslims, the girl shouting at police next to the traffic light and someone dressed as an “imam”.
The EDL were “siphoned” off to one side on some grass. The little fascists then kicked off and I think that was when they were arrested. I could not see through the dense police presence. As for Geert Wilders, he had already made his inspirational speech by then. I hope he was aware of the EDL and their banners with his face on.
There is much more at Atlas Shrugs. Read it all.