Against them is the Unite Against Fascism, who appear to be partly government funded.
Police had to segregate the EDL from the UAF at a recent march the EDL held in Manchester. I missed most of that in the news due to being out of the country, unfortunately.
The EDL leaders and some members protest in balaclavas "to protect themselves from reprisals when they are back at home". The EDL leadership appear to be mostly based in Luton.
From the EDL website; we have nothing against British Asians. Indeed, we want above all to welcome them as fellow Englishmen, and deplore only hate preachers [...] We understand that many Asians or their ancestors came here to escape oppressive laws in other countries, and we hope that in the future they will stand with us
against bringing those laws here to Britain.
So, the UAF shout them down as racist Nazis (from the UAF website- Anti-fascists in Manchester are busy mobilising against plans by the racist English Defence League (EDL)) and the press seem to be keen to portray them as a "far-right" organisation.
And yet - The EDL is firmly committed to peaceful protest, and has no intention to engage in violence in any form.
I'm confused as hell. Ostensibly they are not a racist, violent organisation, or purport not to be.
There's something strange going on here; I can't put my finger on it yet though. In short they look like a bunch of National Front skinheads, but everything they are saying is at odds with that.
What have I missed in the news the last couple of weeks?
Is it likely that they will politicise and start fielding candidates in council / general elections? Are they BNP lite, and if they do politicise, will it shrink the BNP membership?
Interesting times indeed. What are your thoughts on the EDL? Racist nutters in disguise or peaceful protestors with bad PR?
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