Sep 5 2009
Pro-Islamist Muslims clash with English Defense League Pro-British protesters in Birmingham, England.
Apparently, it’s OK to be pro-terrorist but not OK to be pro-British. Winston Churchill is turning over in his grave.
There were angry clashes in a city centre today as (Non-BNP) right-wing protesters fought with anti-fascist campaigners in a busy shopping street. A planned demonstration by The English Defense League in central Birmingham descended into violence as the group charged along New Street, close to the city’s main train station.
‘There were about 250 people in total, fighting and throwing bottles at each other,’ one onlooker said. Dozens of riot police worked to contain the disturbance and a police helicopter hovered overhead.
A police spokeswoman said there had been ‘pockets’ of trouble. West Midlands Police said it would deal with anti-social behaviour or criminal activity connected to the protests ‘robustly’ after a demonstration last month turned violent.
Earlier this week the force, along with Birmingham City Council, obtained an order from the Home Secretary banning protesters from the Bullring area of the city, under section 14a of the Public Order Act. Under the same legislation, Chief Constable Chris Sims passed an order restricting the protests to two locations – Lancaster Circus and Old Square.
Publishing details of the protest plans on its website, the English Defence League (EDL) had urged supporters to avoid being drawn into violent clashes. The league claims not to be a racist group and says it has no ties with the British National Party.
It said: ‘As many people are now aware, we at the English Defence League are holding a demonstration in Birmingham on Saturday 5th September to oppose Islamic Extremists.
‘We would like to state that anyone who wishes to cause trouble, or use this demonstration to voice any other issues other than Islamic Fundamentalists, Radical Islam and Sharia will be turned away. ‘We are not a Fascist organisation, and urge anyone who knows of anybody who is intent on causing trouble on the day to contact us.’
‘We must add that any trouble caused by anyone demonstrating with the English Defence League will be arrested or removed, and could destroy the hard work that has been put in by the English Defence League’s organisers and West Midlands Police and ruin the day for everyone. ‘
The spokeswoman added: ‘Other sporadic outbreaks of disorder have occurred around the Bennetts Hill and New Street area of the city, during which missiles have been thrown.
‘Police officers have been deployed across the city to deal with these outbreaks of disorder and contain them to prevent further disturbances.’ UK DAILY MAIL
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