Despite enlisting racists from around the country, last Saturday saw the EDL turn out yet another dwindling demonstration in Millfield, Sunderland.
Less than 100 people turned up (see photo) As usual, drunk and disorganised, the EDL were out to stir trouble and protest against a the Millfield Mosque again.The EDL protest resulted in 3 arrests, reportedly :a 27-year-old man was arrested for possession of cannabis, a man aged 38 was arrested for threatening behaviour and a 16-year-old boy was arrested for a breach of the peace.
Very few members of the public even saw this pointless protest which the EDL claimed was 600 strong.
Yet again a supposedly peaceful English Defence League demonstration is nothing of the sort and has been accompanied by criminal behaviour. It is also clear from words of Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth that local people are sick of demonstrations in their area, causing disruption and the potential for serious division within their communities. It does appear that rather than merely being peaceful protests, EDL demonstrations are in fact nothing more than attempts at intimidation of local Muslims and an attempt to sow the poisonous seeds of division in local communities.
As for the EDL claiming that Northeast England was its own, then that really is stretching credulity to breaking point. The Northeast has always been a strong anti-fascist region; and the drunken, violent behaviour from the EDL reported above will no doubt help to keep it that way.
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The Police have launched a probe into racist abuse during a football match between Newcastle’s and Man City earlier this month.
at St James Park. Northumbria Police have called for any witnesses to come forward.
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An interesting approach has been taken to encourage people to report hate crime by developing a smartphone app.
The Hands Off My Friend App is available part of an anti-bullying campaign and allows people to anonymously report a hate crime when it happens. It is specific to reporting in districts of Northern Ireland.
See App , BBC
A BRAVE shopkeeper in Hebburn who was threatened by a race-hate customer, has fought back by hitting out with a bat after being threatened and subject to racist abuse.
Sarbjit Kuar was working alone at the Hedgeley Store in Hedgeley Road, Hebburn, when Kenneth McGuigan began complaining about the prices of beer and shouting abuse. Newcastle Crown Court heard how the shop owner felt more and more under threat as McGuigan’s behaviour escalated in November last year, and decided to fight back, arming herself with a bat and taking swings at her. After the incident McGuigan continued to taunt of Mrs Kaur on his Facebook page.
McGuigan, of Salem Street, Jarrow, admitted a racially aggravated public order offence. He also pleaded guilty to an earlier, unrelated charge of theft of DVD boxsets from a 14-year-old boy.He was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with supervision.
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POLICE have launched an investigation after a man pushed a lit firework through the door The Jamia Mosque in Darlington.
CCTV from the scene shows two hooded adult males arrive at the mosque before one pushes a lit firework through the letterbox into the entrance vestibule. Full story here: Northern Echo
HARTLEPOOL United fans were last night urged to help police in their search for racist yobs who racially abused two Shrewsbury Town players during a football match September 22nd.
Fans entering the ground have been handed leaflets by the club urging them to help police identify the offenders.
See Hartlepool Mail