English Defence League in stand-off with Police - Aldgate
Members of the English Defence League (EDL) clashed with police at a protest which went ahead despite a ban on marches by the Home Secretary. London, UK. 3rd September 2011
A planned march by the English Defence League, (EDL) through Tower Hamlets on 3rd September 2011 was banned by the home secretary, Theresa May. The home secretary’s “ban” was only on marching and the EDL decided to hold a “static” demonstration in the area.
Police estimated 1,000 EDL supporters assembled near Aldgate Tube after a walk from Liverpool street station, where EDL founder Stephen Lennon addresses the demonstrators present at the protest in Aldgate, in breach of bail conditions.
The Home Secretary had approved the Metropolitan Police’s application to ban all marches in certain areas of London (including Tower Hamlets) for a period of 30 days starting from 2 September.
The EDL "static" demonstration comes after the home secretary, Theresa May, banned the group from marching in Tower Hamlets on police advice.
The EDL protesters were led towards Tower Bridge by mounted and riot police. They were held on the bridge for about an hour before they dispersed.
There were seven arrests during the protest for offences including assault on a police officer, common assault, being drunk and disorderly and affray.