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English National Alliance and EDL march in London

English National Alliance and EDL march in London
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The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts London, UK, 31/07/2010
English National Alliance and EDL march in London
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The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts London, UK, 31/07/2010
English National Alliance and EDL march in London
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The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts London, UK, 31/07/2010
English National Alliance and EDL march in London
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The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts London, UK, 31/07/2010
English National Alliance and EDL march in London
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The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts London, UK, 31/07/2010
English National Alliance and EDL march in London
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The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts London, UK, 31/07/2010
English National Alliance and EDL march in London
07/13
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The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts London, UK, 31/07/2010
English National Alliance and EDL march in London
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The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts London, UK, 31/07/2010
English National Alliance and EDL march in London
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The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts London, UK, 31/07/2010
English National Alliance and EDL march in London
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The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts London, UK, 31/07/2010
English National Alliance and EDL march in London
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The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts London, UK, 31/07/2010
English National Alliance and EDL march in London
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The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts London, UK, 31/07/2010
English National Alliance and EDL march in London
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The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts London, UK, 31/07/2010
  • English National Alliance and EDL march in London
  • English National Alliance and EDL march in London
  • English National Alliance and EDL march in London
  • English National Alliance and EDL march in London
  • English National Alliance and EDL march in London
  • English National Alliance and EDL march in London
  • English National Alliance and EDL march in London
  • English National Alliance and EDL march in London
  • English National Alliance and EDL march in London
  • English National Alliance and EDL march in London
  • English National Alliance and EDL march in London
  • English National Alliance and EDL march in London
  • English National Alliance and EDL march in London

The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts. London, UK, 31/07/2010

The English National Alliance and English Defence League (EDL) marched past Downing Street demonstrating against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia Law courts. London, UK, 31/07/2010

A number of English Nationalist organisations gathered at Tothill Street to demonstrate against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law courts. The group that gathered was only a few hundred strong , the majority of whom were from the EDL. The early gathering in "The Old Star" pub meant that there was a good deal of singing and chanting from the usual EDL repertoire. Whilst the espoused concern is about the rise in Islamic fundamentalism much of the comments from the crowds leads you to believe that it is more basic than that - it is an anti-Muslim message.

The march made its way down Whitehall and to Downing Street where it was met by approximately 20 people with anti-racist tendencies. There was a threat of conflict but it mainly was contained to verbal abuse. There were minor scuffles, and one arrest from the EDL crowd.

The march continued past Trafalgar Square,much to the bemusement of the cheerful cosmopolitan tourists, and then to Waterloo Place. This was a stark contrast to the "chocolate box" view that most of the holiday-makers expect of the capital.

The demonstration ended with a number of speeches by the steps in the place. The low-level agitation that the attendees had with the photographers increased and was in danger of becoming ugly as the event unfolded.

The event passed off with little trouble and was well-managed by the police ensuring that everyone could have their voice heard within the confines of the law, with no violence; Bradford at the end of August will be another matter entirely.

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