The Guns of the EDL

Joel Titus: EDL Youth Leader
Joel Titus: EDL Youth Leader

When right wing extremist Anders Breivik went on his murder spree in Oslo last month, attention predictably turned to England and the far-right extremist English Defence League (EDL), the organisation that inspired the killer.

Despite claiming that his organisation had no official contacts with Breivik and that he condemned the actions of the mass murderer, EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon claimed in a number of interviews with journalists that in his opinion, the UK was only five years away from the same sort of right wing outrage happening here.

Up and down the country for the last two years we have witnessed dozens of attacks on Muslim and progressive communities as Lennon’s private army of racists grew further and further out of control even encouraged fleetingly, by sections of the national media.

News broke last week that finally, the EDL was to be monitored by the same counter terror unit set up after the 7/7 terror attacks. Hope Not Hate has long called for the EDL to be monitored in the same way that Islamic terror groups are.

We are now publishing these photographs of senior EDL members and activists to prove once and for all for any doubters, that the EDL are not just a pressure group with legitimate concerns about radical Islam. They are the flip side of the same coin.

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon says we are five years away from a Breivik styled massacre here. We believe they are already a terror group in the making.

Mark Turnbull: Gateshead ex BNP member

Mark Turnbull: Gateshead ex BNP member

Shane Martin: Jarrow EDL

Shane Martin: Jarrow EDL

Connor McCoy: Jarrow EDL

Connor McCoy: Jarrow EDL

Bob Fleming: Colne EDL

Bob Fleming: Colne EDL

Brian Hayes: Bolton EDL

Brian Hayes: Bolton EDL

Anthony Phipps (Centre), Birmingham EDL

Anthony Phipps (Centre), Birmingham EDL

Josh Simpkin, Wigan EDL

Josh Simpkin, Wigan EDL

Jim Sowerbutts, Stoke-on-Trent EDL

Jim Sowerbutts, Stoke-on-Trent EDL

Liam Snaith: Middlesbrough EDL

Liam Snaith: Middlesbrough EDL

Steph Wright: from Alloa SDL

Steph Wright: from Alloa SDL

James Clarke: Nottingham EDL Organiser

James Clarke: Nottingham EDL Organiser

Jonathan Simon: London EDL

Jonathan Simon: London EDL

 From Hope Not Hate.  30.08.11. posted by Sam King.

Editorial. Liverpool Anti-fascists is generally critical of groups like Hope Not Hate for their non-confrontational approach to fighting fascism. Nevertheless, for reasons which should be blindingly obvious, we feel justified in posting this piece here. As Marmite recently pointed out , the far right has consistently failed to break through the  glass ceiling of public support. That fact alone must make para-military terrorist intervention seem an ever more attractive prospect to the extremist thugs of the EDL.

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One Response to “The Guns of the EDL”
  1. talfanzine1 says:

    Interesting, but not surprising really, there’s always been crackpots among the fash who like to play with guns.

    One curious sentence in that article though is the reference to “Muslim and progressive communities…”

    What does Hope Not Hate believe to be a ‘progressive community’, is it defined by ethnicity?

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