Alongside all decent people in the UK, the EDL is shocked and horrified at what has been happening across the country for the last few nights. The rioting that has broken out all over the country should be a massive wake up call.
We’re not going to jump out of place and blame this on Islam (that will surprise a few people) and we don’t really have a view on the racial aspects of the riots except for the following observation. For two years the EDL has staged legitimate protests and there has never been any significant criminal damage. Almost all of our demonstrations have been met with an overwhelming and vicious police presence that included dogs, horses and numerous cases of batons wielded against peaceful EDL members. We have countless reports going far back in time from our own stewards who have been assaulted by the police while they themselves were keeping order.
We know it’s not the rank and file police who are responsible because we know we have huge sympathy in their ranks. There is something very rotten being fed down from the top, however. It’s obvious that, perhaps because of a perceived “un-whiteness” of the current criminal looters, the police have not been ordered to crack heads.
Maybe individual police officers are too fearful of being later blamed if they injure someone but the reality is the human rights of these violent criminal looters have been placed way above the right of decent people to walk the streets, to sleep soundly in their beds and to expect the police will protect their businesses and livelihoods.
Society is seriously damaged: respect for the institutions of the state has been significantly eroded. Patriotism and pride in one’s nation have been branded offensive and perhaps this is the result. We don’t know if the same shadowy forces that ran riot during the G20 “protests” and the student riots but the outcome looks similar. Children are no longer taught to be proud of our history! They’re barely even taught any history and our schools don’t pass on patriotism or respect for our Queen and country any longer.
The EDL offer our deepest sympathy to any of our members and the individuals and businesses who’ve been adversely affected. We hope that paralysing political correctness is lifted quickly. This both silences the EDL’s valid concerns about Islam and simultaneously prevents the police from acting swiftly and decisively to end the current troubles.
The EDL’s thoughts go out to the Police Officers having to face these rioters and put themselves in danger: not the hierarchy but the Police Officers on the streets, in constant danger and this is due directly to the failings of successive Governments.
Just a week ago we were told the EDL was the greatest threat to the continued peace and harmony within England. Doesn’t that look foolish now?
If EDL supporters wish to help please do so in any way that you can. If you are in touch with your local division, please see our recent announcement, otherwise you can find more information on this Facebook page: Post riot clean-up: let’s help London.