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Maybe, the anti-facists are actually afraid of a debate.
[edit on 5/9/2009 by paraphi]
After an hour of angry skirmishes, police finally trapped around 60 EDL members in Bennetts pub in the city centre at 3.30pm, where they were held for more than an hour.
Meanwhile, a group of 60 Asian men gathered and tried to storm the premises, only being stopped by police using shields and protective headgear.
Moments later the gang re-appeared on a nearby street, throwing missiles and bricks they had picked up from a builder’s skip.
Eye-witness Sarah Edwards, who was locked in a cafe with dozens of other shoppers, said: “We suddenly saw about 200 Asian men running down the street throwing bricks.
“They came from nowhere, and were sprinting towards the pub where the EDL were.
“They wore bandanas over their faces and were shouting and screaming.
Source - Birmingham Post
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Originally posted by mr-lizard
Ultimately the people should be protesting against all the drivel that bombards our daily lives in the form of media such as tabloid newspapers and two-bit tv shows.
This is where both sides get their fuel from.
Simple as that.
We are due to meet in Broad Street in Birmingham City Centre before 12:30 on Saturday 5th September. The Police will direct us to various Public Houses in Broad Street where we will be asked to wait until further instruction. We strongly recommend that nobody arrives in the City before 11:00, and also we advise supporters not to travel alone. Anyone in large groups may be split and asked to wait in different Pubs. Please respect the Police on this. Anyone arriving after this time may be turned away by Police. West Midlands Police have advised us that there will be a Police Presence at most of the City Centre train stations, and some of these will be closed. The closest railway stations to Broad Street are Birmingham New Street Station and Five Ways Station, both of which will be heavily Policed
These are disturbing times for democracy and "freedom of speech" as the UAF (united Against Fascism) organisation sparked violent clashes between members of the public, and anyone they deemed to be involved with the English Defence League, who they have branded 'A racist group of thugs organised by the BNP'.
We at the EDL had planned a peaceful demonstration against Islamic Fundamentalists in Birmingham on the 8th August, but the UAF turned up and occupied the position in which our demonstration was planned to be held.
This forced us to relocate our peaceful demonstration to another location nearby, but many of our members were un-aware of the developments, hence the poor turnout.
The UAF stirred up the local crowd into thinking that we were the BNP, or a racist group which we are not. Our message is very clear - Remove Islamic Fundamentalists from our streets, and Remove ALL practice of Shari'ah Law in England.
The UAF had NO place, or reason to counter demonstrate against us whatsoever, unless they have a hidden agenda and support these vile issues that are spreading through our Country like the Plague.
The UAF have a history of provoking violence, but this instance has bewildered belief. The only possible reason for this provocation would be to put the blame for the violence onto the EDL, and this is exactly what they have tried to do.