|An EDL 'Warrior'|
Local community groups, along with a whole host of various Anti-Fascist organisations, set up a cordon and protected the area, which includes the famous Brick Lane and Cable Street (scene of another famous anti-fascist event), and when it was clear the EDL would come nowhere near, proceeded to hold a carnival-like celebration party for the day.
A robust policing operation corralled the EDL and the offshoot NWI (North West Infidels) from Liverpool Street, Kings Cross Stations and their Coach Park at Tooley Street to a single point at Aldgate for a 'static' demonstration - then back again to their dispersal points.
|EDL trapped at Aldgate|
Already (at 6.20pm) there are recriminations appearing on EDL Facebook pages, with the EDL now saying that they "never intended to go to Tower Hamlets anyway".
For a National Event, with only about 1000 EDL members showing up, this has been a very dissappointing day for the 'warriors'. Is this really the best they can do? Even better news is that EDL self-appointed 'leader' Stephen Yaxley AKA Stephen Lennon AKA 'Tommy Robinson' was arrested today for breaching his bail. (Post Script - this info came from the EDL itself but was found to be incorrect. But Stephen Yaxley did breach his bail conditions and 'will hand himself in' according to EDL)
- Images and reports from The Guardian here and here.
- Victory Video is here.
- Photos here and here.
- Very good minute-by-minute report is here.
- UAF summary of the day is here.
- and finally, an ITV News Report ...