Anti-racists beat back EDL thugs in Oxford protest
Hundreds of trade unionists, students and anti-racism campaigners were joined by Oxford’s Mayor Councillor Mohammed Abbasi, councillors and parliamentary candidates when they staged a counter-demonstration against EDL thugs on Saturday.
More than 300 people attended the counter-demonstration against the EDL’s gathering of 100.
Police mobilised 500 officers — meaning that yet again the EDL added to the tax burden of residents in the communities it targets.
A police officer was injured by a missile thrown from the EDL demonstration and three men were arrested.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “A Thames Valley Police officer sustained a minor head injury during the operation. He suffered cuts to his head after objects were thrown but is okay.”
The counter-demonstration was supported by trade unions and anti-fascist groups including Unite Against Fascism (UAF).
UAF joint secretary Weyman Bennett said: “The response from the town was brilliant. The mayor and councillors came, trade unionists came.
“The EDL tried several times to attack the counter-demonstration. What was clear was the fact that it failed to divide the town and also that the EDL failed to intimidate the anti-fascists mobilised against the members. It failed in numbers and the anti-racist message prevailed.”