A supporter of the English Defence League has admitted throwing a firecracker into a crowd of anti-Jubilee protesters after he was caught on camera by Sky Tyne and Wear.
Anthony Crawford, 22, of Elmway, Chester-le-Street, admitted guilty to lighting a firecracker before throwing it into a group of demonstrators at Grey’s Monument in Newcastle on June 4, 2012.
The incident took place when a crowd of more than 100 English Defence League and National Front members moved in to intimidate and attack a small group of anti-Jubliee peaceful protestors. EDL members were also seen making Nazi salutes.
Since its inception in June 2009, the English Defence League has made a number of claims about what it stands for and what it is trying to achieve. Let us examine some of those claims in light of the news story above.
The EDL has claimed on numerous occasions that it is an organisaton solely opposed to Islamic extremism. Yet on Monday 4th June 2012 members of the EDL viciousy attacked a peaceful demonstration in Newcastle, which had absolutely nothing to do with Islamic extremism.
The EDL has also claimed that it is a peaceful organisation. Yet, as in the example above, violence seems to follow the EDL wherever it goes, whether it be Luton, Blackburn or up here in Newcastle. And this is not a one off. EDL supporters have been accused of attacking the Peacefully protesting Occupy Newcastle camp at the monument last November and also Union members.
The EDL claims to defened British and English values. Two of the most important of those are the right to the peaceful expression of one’s views and the tolerance which is the cornerstone of our democracy. The appalling, intolerant reaction of members of the EDL to the demonstration at Grey’s Monument in Newcastle in June, seems to have more in common with the fascist policies of hardline Islamic regimes, such as that in Iran, than anything to do with English or British values.
The news story above highlights yet again just how un-English, intolerant, violent and hypocritical the EDL really are.
See: Sky News