EDL brought this flag to Halifax rally, how peaceful
The self-proclaimed ‘peaceful’ far-right English Defence League recently came to Halifax and brought together over 100 protestors.
The group organised a rally against child grooming, but according to news and photos, it all seemed like a pub crawl and a day out (I looked on Facebook and the admin actually called it a ‘top day out with lads’).
Although I think the attendance numbers were exaggerated, one thing really made me question was when the same page admin on Facebook claimed police were ‘heavy handed’.
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He or she wrote: “Yes the police was heavy handed pushing and shoving patriots to react then arrested followed but other then that they was no reports of anyone kicking off or trashing the town like people said we would.”
I seriously doubt the police were heavy-handed, but even if they were, would you blame them if someone walked around with a flag that read “WE ARRIVE – WE F*** S*** UP – WE LEAVE”?
The flag sort of ruins the point of the protest. And six people were arrested for breach of the peace, racially aggravated public disorder and indecent exposure. Not so ‘peaceful’ really.
With no anti-EDL rally or opposition to stir tensions, I guess no-one had to be there to expose them. They made a fool out of themselves.
By Bob McArthy, Halifax.
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