This evening, Tuesday 15th June, around 6pm roughly fifteen EDL were spotted drinking outside the Grave Maurice Pub next to whitechapel station. They had to be protected by police as within minutes locals descended down, led mainly by british asian lads, the EDL had to be rushed into the tube with the station doors being shut as a few hundred locals let them know what they thought about their presence.
The area has been buzzing all night with hundreds of locals congregating outside and around the area of the East London Mosque on Whitechapel Road, continuing into the night vigilant groups have been keeping an eye out for any unwelcome elements.
The EDL claim they are against Islamic extremism and not Muslims in general, a sentiment articulated well by their leader Tommy Robinson cancelling their counter-demo on 20th due to The Troxy Venue pulling the conference hosting controversial religious speakers, but once again the rhetoric falls flat when we see members of the EDL coming to an area for no reason but to provoke.
Why were they around? Maybe they were returning back from a day’s drinking down in Barking at the returning soldiers parade which was heckled by a tiny fringe group, possibly linked to former Islam4UK, called Muslims Against Crusades. Provoking the crowd – which is as we know the sole aim of small fringe groups of this nature to gain some media headlines – they were attacked by a couple of EDL who managed to get pass police lines. Possibly high on this success a few members thought it brave to test the waters of whitechapel?
Whatever the case the EDL need to learn that tiny fringe groups like Islam4UK and Muslims Against Crusades who, as can be seen in Barking, can barely muster 50 odd do not represent the many Muslim communities we have in London and across Britain. Working class areas like Whitechapel where many ordinary Muslims and non-Muslims live and work in complete harmony will not tolerate divisive groups like the EDL, we live in an area steeped in a history of poverty and hard graft but also a history of standing up for ourselves. You can try and blame this on “angry asian/muslim boys” or “hotheads” but what these young lads represent, alongside all the locals who also joined them, is the East End spirit.
By coming here the EDL have once again shown that they are out to provoke, not to stop the spread of religious extremism but to fan the flames of division through their own rowdy behaviour, well let tonight be a lesson for you. If you come to Whitechapel or Tower Hamlets it’s not the UAF who are going to be out to wave placards at you. And before all you EDL start frothing at the mouth and commenting on here about being attacked for wearing England shirts let it be known that most of the lads round here, like a lot of the Muslim locals, have St. George Crosses flying from their motors in the spirit of the world cup. So you might not see them coming…
For those of you EDL members who are talking about still coming to this area on June 20th despite your leadership cancelling, be warned you will not be welcomed.