I understand that you recently put five Muslim men on trial and convicted three for passing out “homophobic leaflets.” They were tired under a new law that was passed in March of 2010 that intended to curb “hate-speech”, including homophobia, while protecting “Freedom of Speech.”
While I am, in no way, going to give value for or against the issues, I do find it interesting that this law has been applied to this group of men - who were calling for a change in law and not vigilantism - versus the English Defense League (EDL). Not only is the EDL filled with white-supremacists, but it seems that it is allowed to continue its racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic diatribes publicly, but it looks as though the UK government is paying an estimate £800,000 out of its pocket to protect their planned March (along with the group Unite Against Fascism) in Leicestershire next week.
At the sentencing, the judge said to the men“You have been convicted of intending to stir up hatred. It follows that your intention was to do great harm in a peaceful community.”
These words would have carried more weight were they applied equally, and to everyone who “intends to stir up hatred.” From these (in)actions, I guess it’s not hatred when it’s directed towards ‘brown-immigrants’, huh? Only when it’s directed towards (presumably white) gays…
“Imagine there’s no Muslims, It isn’t hard to do, nothing to kill or die for, 1000 of them worth one Jew”
This was posted today by the leadership of the English defence League on their official fan page to 18,000 supporters. THIS is the real EDL. Please share.
Proscribe the EDL.
Publicity stunt nongs set a poppy on fire, and the media wanks over it for months until their arms’re fit to fall off. EDL sets a journalist on fire, and… well, we’ll see. Think this’ll be ‘public interest’-y enough?
Part of me wants the EDL to get as much publicity as possible. I want the whole country to see what kind of nonsense they spout.
Sadly, I fear too many people are willing to accept a big lie if it means they get to blame a scapegoat.
Sooooo glad we ran them out of Scotland years ago.
The day the EDL didn’t come to Tower Hamlets
By Hazel Cheesus
So to summarise yesterday - The EDL had spent nearly 6 months planning on coming to Tower Hamlets for ‘The Big One’ into ‘the heart of militant Islam’ ‘the lion’s den’.
Six months of riling up their followers with lies about Tower Hamlets for an event they claimed that “the last two years of demonstrations could arguably have been dress rehearsals for this one.”
“We go where we want & when we want, so lets show our strength in numbers & unity”
The Home Secretary banned the march, but allowed a static protest.
The day before the event, they still had no idea where they were going to be. The night before the event, they still hadn’t managed the logistics of transport, parking, catering or where they would be directed. Even individuals who were driving, didn’t seem capable of opening a map, or calculating where they would park for ‘The Big One’.
The EDL claimed they would be holding their static protest in Sainsburys carpark in Whitechapel.
Sainsburys said abso fucking lutely not.
Divisions had to cancel coaches due to lack of interest. Oxford claimed they’d had their tires slashed on the way there. The EDL managed to muster 1000-1100 of it’s followers on the day. Out of an organisation which claims 100K members.
All the pubs they planned to drink in refused them and actually closed, losing money, rather than serve the EDL. Only the shittiest, sleaziest strip joint in Kings Cross kept their doors open.
99% of them came from outside London, not knowing a jot about the area, the people, the geography. All they knew was what the EDL Leadership and each other told them, which so far was nothing but lies about the area and nothing about the actual day.
They believed that long standing on-going tube repairs were happening ‘on purpose’ to prevent the EDL from reaching their destination.
RMT said they would close the stations on health and safety grounds. Both Kings Cross and Liverpool Street were closed for a time. To get them to the protest location, the underground allowed the police to escort them, whilst preventing the public from using the trains.
When the EDL had stopped setting people on fire, and had been drinking for approximately 4 hours, the police guided the EDL to Aldgate – not in Tower Hamlets, but in the City of London and set up an area for them to congregate.
In the meantime, as of 10am, Tower Hamlets was filled with people of all colours, religious, political persuasions, activists, residents, Londoners and others numbering 1500 (more than the EDL) who were mingling, dancing, waiting for the EDL.
Tommy turns up at his EDL meeting point NOT IN TOWER HAMLETS, on the arm of Roberta Moore, who it had been stated had left/been kicked out of the EDL, Tommy was confusingly disguised as a Rabbi, and the EDLers didn’t seem to give his performance that much credence.
Even more strangely, Robert ‘Rapey’ Bartholomeus was there. And even more strangely than that, they’d managed to drag Abdul out from under his rock to present as the only muslim who has ever or will ever support the EDL.
This is Robert. He runs the EDL Jewish division. He isnt English, he isnt Jewish and in his more frank moments he has been known to wish Rape apon EDL angels. With him is Abdul, He is a ‘lapsed Muslim’, sectarian bigot and almost completely unaware of who he is, where he is, and what the EDL are about. A very vulnerable individual who, as a proud Rangers supporter sings about killing catholics on youtube videos. I cant explain the misfits the EDL attracts and neither can they.
Despite their claims of a multicultural fan base, Abdul was the only non white face in a crowd of 1000 EDL supporters.
Tommy spoke for 10 mins, incited some violence, goaded the police, broke his bail conditions and got arrested, although it’s said that he evaded arrest, the stories there get confusing. The EDL threw bottles and firecrackers at the police.
I think the Steward is more commonly known as a ‘criminal’ but then Roberta makes her own mind up about stuff like that, cos she’s bat shit. The convicted bomber she adores so is actually a freedom fighter and deeply misunderstood b the CIA…
The anti EDL group maintained a wall of people, in Tower Hamlets saying ‘they will not pass’.
After Tommy’s performance, the EDL were rounded up and painfully slowly guided towards Tower Bridge, to be sent home. Stopping to have the odd impotent scuffle with police and take some tourist pics of the capital city they know nothing about. Best chant of the day? “Whose bridge? Our bridge!”
The anti EDL group celebrated and had a victory march. Not one arrest.
The EDL did not achieve their goal of demonstrating and ‘having it’ in Tower Hamlets – they didn’t even know where Tower Hamlets was, so I can imagine they’d’ve found it a tad difficult.
Bar one coachload, who for god alone knows what reason, after the EDL were supposed to have left, managed to convince their coach driver to turn around and drive up Whitechapel Road, so they could shout abuse at the locals. They claimed the coach broke down outside the mosque. An EDL ‘angel’ came out to abuse people close up, was assaulted, and was abandoned by the rest of her EDL ‘family’. Some local muslims helped her up and onto her coach again. The coach itself was vandalised.
The coachload of EDL supporters were arrested.
So, the EDL lied about the march.
They lied about the area.
They lied about Roberta and the Jewish Division.
They lied about their numbers.
They lied about their multicultural fan base.
They closed down two of the busiest stations in London.
They closed down busy tourist trade run pubs.
They tried to set alight to a journalist, causing minor burns.
They punched another journalist giving them a black eye.
They were seen seil heiling.
They were drunk and disorderly.
They attacked police.
Tommy dressed as a rabbi.
Tommy broke his bail conditions.
Tommy got arrested.
The EDL didn’t come to Tower Hamlets.
The ‘Lion’s Den’ is safe.Thanks to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pakistani-JewsChristian-for-Rubys-ego/112644978835409, Psyber Wala, janie Jones, still laughing at the EDL,
Keep Britain tidy!