EDL Birmingham

Matthew Collins - 12 10 14
EDL supporters in Birmingham

EDL supporters in Birmingham

Let’s be generous and say 300 supporters joined the EDL demonstration in Birmingham today. As pre-arranged, they gathered at Bar Risa on Broad Street to top themselves up from their cans of Special Brew already consumed on their journey there.

At around 1pm they set off on their epic 5 minute walk to their ‘Rally’ at Centenary Square. Within 100 yards their march came to an abrupt halt as they decided, in their own inimitable way, that the lone anti-fascist protester on route needed attacking! Luckily for him, the police were on hand to intervene and usher him away. The remainder of the well supported counter demonstration were tucked away in Chamberlain Square.

That static location and huge Police presence ensured the two rival factions could not face each other, but at least it meant the EDL were not free to roam around wonderful, multi-cultural Brum! In the square the speeches began with the latest incumbent Chairman, Steve Edowes, finally addressing his followers and proving he’s not mute. Perhaps being in his native West Midlands helped him recover from the shyness he’d been showing to date? As is usual, so many of EDL members just can not help themselves and simply have to resort to type.

A 17 year old, slight built male member of the EDL LGBT division was punched in the chest by another thuggish, bonehead EDL supporter in a totally unprovoked assault. It left the poor victim in tears and traumatised for the rest of the afternoon. It’s not clear if it was the Star of David flag he was draped in or his Sexuality that sparked the red mist in his fellow EDL attacker?

Midway through the rally, 3 Asian youths were led by Police away from the edge of the square on Broad Street. This led to a mass exodus from the square of EDL supporters who rushed to throw missiles and insults at the trio and thereby leaving the square almost empty! The Police swiftly gained control again and the EDL shuffled back to more drones of wisdom from their speakers, the demo was pretty much over by 2.30 as supporters began nodding off and drifting away! Next scheduled National Beano for the EDL is in Luton on 22nd November.

Will their numbers be even more pathetic than this? Will Tommy Robinson / Stephen Yaxley-Lennon make a surprise appearance on his own doorstep? Watch this space!!!!


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