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Brighton hinted at it, Bristol seemed to continue the pattern but today's misguided outing to the London borough of Walthamstow showed the extent to which the English Defence League is now in a steep downward spiral.

This was intended to be a re-run of Tower Hamlets – a mission into darkest Muslamic country to liberate a corner of England. In the event around only two hundred fash made the trip down – to be confronted by a multi-racial crowd of over two thousand.

After getting pissed up and fighting amongst themselves at King's Cross station the EDL gathered at Blackhorse Rd tube station. They were then marched in a mobile kettle along Forest Rd, the initial stage of their intended route to the Town Hall. The UAF were behind police lines occupying half of Forest Rd. Autonomous anti-fascists waited just down from the crossroads. The EDL approached at a snail's pace entirely surrounded by cops.

As soon as the hapless leaguers came in sight the Anti-Fascist Network's banner was unfurled – triggering scuffles with the police and a couple of arrests. The cops soon realised that if a handful of anti-fascists were going to cause that much bother then getting the EDL past the UAF demo was going to be more trouble than it was it worth. The answer was to divert the EDL down the side-streets and try to smuggle them to their rally point.


Meanwhile, realising that the EDL march had been blocked anti-fascists started breaking away in small groups getting round police lines to the rally point. Soon hundreds had gathered in front of a gazebo decorated with England flags and staffed by the EDL's top boys. Unfortunately for them their minions were being held up by police a few streets away leaving leaders Tommy Robinson and Kev Carroll to have a rally/garden party behind police lines that barely got into double figures. The leaders attempted to string a few words together over their P.A. system, but were completely drowned out by anti-fascists. After they were bombarded with missiles and with the baying crowd threatening to break the police lines, the EDL's police liaison officers told them to leave the area. Rumours that Kev and Tommy later indulged in a bit of sulky mutual recrimination and even handbags at dawn have so far been confined to the socialist press.

Eventually the fash were herded to the relative safety of a side street where police allowed them 15 minutes of unplugged whining before slowly marching them back. The EDL were remarkably silent for this once vocal organisation and at time's it felt, appropriately enough, like a funeral cortège. Locals came out to disrupt the sombre mood and give them some abuse to send them on their way. One anti-fascist told SchNEWS “They recruited no-one, didn't seem to have a point to their demo and basically looked like thuggish idiots. They're not even frightening anymore”.


Having been thoroughly humiliated by anti-fascists most EDL were probably looking forward to getting home, unfortunately for them though their day didn't end there. The MET seemed to decide to kick 'em while they're down and proceeded to kettle them for a few hours before finally nicking them all to 'prevent a breach of the peace'. They were then apparently bused into the centre of London and released minus their coaches which plod had already sent packing.

Unsurprisingly many of the EDLers took their frustrations out on each other, with numerous arrests for fighting amongst themselves, including EDL steward and March for England regular Dave Bolton getting a kicking. The infighting moved online in the aftermath, with members declaring they won't go on another demo (so much for 'No Surrender!') and openly calling for a change of leadership. The more loyal members have directed their anger at the police for not forcing the march through, which is pretty pathetic for an organisation that claims to 'go where we want, when we want'. Many of the same EDL members who threatened to arrive tooled up and hoping for it to 'kick off' are now moaning on Facebook about the lack of police protection when it did – be careful what you wish for.


For other accounts of the day check:

Malatesta - malatesta32.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/they-dont-think-its-over-it-is-now/

EDL News - edlnews.co.uk/index.php/latest-news/latest-news/809-edl-suffer-humiliating-defeat-in-walthamstow

Vice - vice.com/en_uk/read/edl-in-walthamstow-english-defence-league

Police help unfurl an antifascist banner
EDL leader
There are 30 comments on this story...
Added By: fizzy lemon - 2nd September 2012 @ 3:29 PM
//i wonder how the natioanl demoinWallsall will go?
Added By: Anonymous - 2nd September 2012 @ 7:27 PM
The BNP are thuggish idiots but so are the anti-facists who seem bent on just having a good scrap in the street - who this website loves to glorify.

Make a stronger point with non-violent protest and just expose them as the violent, racist and generally daft buggers that they are.
Added By: Anarchiste. - 2nd September 2012 @ 7:42 PM
Is it right to have your child taken from you because of your political persuasion?
Added By: Jo Makepeace - 2nd September 2012 @ 7:47 PM
A big hello to our repeat comment monkey Anarchiste - we were worried you'd forgotten us.

Sorry to hear that they took your kids away - was it because of your anarchist beliefs or your nationalist ones?
Added By: Anonymous - 3rd September 2012 @ 12:43 AM
Added By: Malatesta - 3rd September 2012 @ 11:31 AM
thanks for the plug. great piece too!
Added By: Jo Makepeace - 3rd September 2012 @ 11:46 AM

@malatesta - You gonna link to it then?
Added By: tommyknocker - 3rd September 2012 @ 1:56 PM
Nice shades Tommy Tit.
Added By: Anarchiste. - 4th September 2012 @ 10:41 AM
Is it right to have your child taken away for your anarchist persuasion?
Added By: Jo Makepeace - 4th September 2012 @ 11:05 AM
Is that what happened Anarchiste? We're sorry to hear that. Send us the full details and we'll do our best to publicise your plight. Unless it turns out to be a load of cobblers obviously.
Added By: jonny - 4th September 2012 @ 2:11 PM
Establish white civil rights now!
Added By: dear jonny - 4th September 2012 @ 2:31 PM
I'm white, I've got civil rights.

Well that was easy.
Added By: Anarchiste. - 4th September 2012 @ 8:02 PM
Mob rule. Good eh?
Added By: E17er - 5th September 2012 @ 9:09 AM
I happened upon the demo as a local resident. This is a really fair report of what I saw. There were a few nut jobs demonstrating agains the EDL but the vast majority were locals - I've never seen so many people I know in one place - families, teenagers and a good few OAPs of all creeds and colours who just didn't want people coming from outside our 'manor' to cause trouble. The fact these interlopers didn't enjoy it pleases me immensely. Please don't come back.
Added By: Ernie Milkfellow - 5th September 2012 @ 9:37 AM
Join the white civil rights movement and force the government to
acknowledge European cultural identity.
Death to Marxism!
Added By: Jo Makepeace - 5th September 2012 @ 9:37 AM
Mob rule - isn't that exactly what the EDL are all about?

They're pissed off because they wanted to march into a 'hostile' area and tell them what's what, but instead they were sent packing by a crowd 10 times their size and mostly made up of locals. It was direct democracy in action.

Briefly the EDL threatened to get the far right so excited they'd forget they hated each other more than blacks/jews/muslims/gays, but ultimately massive egos and a couple of failures is more than enough for them to collapse in on themselves. Combined with a resurgent left wing street movement and it's not looking good for Tommy and his boys.
Added By: Otto Kaminsky - 5th September 2012 @ 3:53 PM
Dear Miss Makepeace,
If you hate European culture so much then why don't you go and live in some inadequate third world shithole where they have epidemics of AIDS,paedophilia and gang-rape every night as soon as the sun goes down and they all start chimping out on each other?
No wonder they all want to come here and live in white man's land!
Added By: Jo Makepeace - 5th September 2012 @ 4:41 PM
Good point Otto ... tell me where do the Kaminskys hail from originally?

Your link doesn't go anywhere either - rather like your argument
Added By: Anthony - 6th September 2012 @ 1:03 PM
I think he means:
or http://dienuwesuidafrika.blogspot.co.uk
or http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.co.uk
Added By: Blotto Kaminpanzee - 6th September 2012 @ 4:09 PM
I want to chimp out with you Otto.
Added By: Uncle Joe - 9th September 2012 @ 8:35 AM
Added By: Jo Makepeace - 9th September 2012 @ 1:41 PM
The EDL didn't go to Walthamstow to "open a debate on the country they were born in", they went to stir up racial tensions. It doesn't take much time to skim the pre-demo Facebook postings of many EDL members and, combined with their history of committing racially aggravated attacks, make a judgement about their intentions.

The EDL have the freedom to go where they want, but locals have the freedom to oppose them too. Unsurprisingly SchNEWS has more sympathy for the locals' point of view, but our social Marxist views (whatever they are) were completely unaffected by the events.

When the EDL managed to go on rampages in the past they loved it then, as soon as the boots on the other foot, they whine about being freedom loving peaceful types who just want an honest debate about the dangers of religious extremism.
Added By: Uncle Joe - 10th September 2012 @ 6:44 PM
Added By: inspired by truth - 10th September 2012 @ 8:34 PM
it seems to me after reading some of the posts above that most members of the EDL and BNP are far from intelligent and educated. so how do you debate with the barely literate?

When the EDL come to town i find it inspiring that communities come together and show us all what 'big society' really means, surly this is a big lesson in such troublesome times of what people power can achieve. so a few scuffles to help send the hateful EDL running scared out of town is not worth loosing any sleep over and probably not the reason they are running scared. (whimpish, like little children who've lost there mummies, like a wet depressed dog etc!!!)
Added By: bloxwich - 12th September 2012 @ 12:38 AM
The thought of Anarchiste breeding is repulsive. Please tell me it's not true
Added By: Freddy - 19th September 2012 @ 12:23 PM
Regarding Uncle Joe,
The marxist's game is to dismiss European culture as extremist so
that they can carry on multiculturalising it.
The lesson to be learned is that when you acknowledge the Zionist jews they will then refuse to acknowledge your cultural identity.
It's the same routine all over Europe, or anywhere that is controlled by a Zionist bank.
Added By: Anarchiste. - 20th September 2012 @ 7:23 PM
A working class hero is something to be.
Added By: Gary the Sparrow - 21st September 2012 @ 12:20 PM
The SWP are government- funded Marxist brownshirts that pretend to
be anti-government but are in fact workng for the government as government agents to keep people divided and confused.
Have you ever noticed how the SWP always has lots of money?
Have you noticed how they always seem to have all the banners,printers,premises,books,leaflets,pamphlets etc?
If the SWP were genuinely anti-government then the government would be taking them to court every ten minutes to try to drain them of finances like they do with the BNP, and try to criminalise their members.
This nevers happens,does it?
Have you ever noticed how the SWP never campaign for the establishment of white civil rights?
Added By: Anonymous - 18th January 2013 @ 11:34 PM
"Let them speak, and anybody wit any intelligence will realize just how twisted and ridiculous their view is." Bet they said that about Hitler?
Have to trust that Tomorrow NEVER Belongs To Them.
Added By: Anonymous - 18th January 2013 @ 11:38 PM
"Have you ever noticed how the SWP never campaign for the establishment of white civil rights?" Tends to give away where you are coming from.
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