EDL commander intimidating protests against Asian MEP jailed for 18 months in UK. EDL commander intimidating protests against Asian MEP jailed for 18 months in UK

Bernard Holmes, 28, was arrested after members of far right group converged on the property of Mr Karim whilst his wife and two young children were at home.

Claiming they wanted to deliver a letter, they invaded the politician’s driveway and were said to have behaving in an ‘intimidating, threatening manner’ and shouting abuse whilst holding up placards from the EDL.

Police were called to the house in Burnley but were too late as the mob had already moved on to carry out a string of ‘flash demonstrations’ in Blackburn and nearby towns led by Holmes.

This is not the first time Mr Karim has experienced harassment from far-right groups like the EDL: In 2010, Mr Karim said he was forced to hire a private security firm for round the clock protection due to threats.

Mr Karim, MEP for North West, said he believed he was targeted for religious reasons because the EDL have an ‘anti-Islamic agenda’.

Mr Holmes, who goes under the nickname ‘Mr B’ is the EDL Blackburn division’s ‘commander’ and led the operation on July 2 last year.

Report by South Asian News Agency (SANA).  27.06.2012

Bernard Holmes

 Editorial. The photograph above was not supplied by the South Asian News Agency. It comes from a Daily Mail report of the same incident. However, we at Liverpool Anti-Fascists thought you might want to see what this noble specimen of the white Aryan master race looks like.

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