Abject Dhimmitude.Â Â When Islam moves in, freedom moves out….
- The EDL were there to Â support their country, Â not Â to disrupt. Why were they arrested ? Why were Â the ‘people’ not arrested who were going to be disruptive and burn poppies? One law for some and one law for others. Even if you don’t support the EDL this stinks.
- The establishment are running very scared of the situation in this country and have no idea how to deal with it when groups like the EDL protest ( loathe them or like them ) so they resort to heavy tactics by the so called Police Force. Â God help this country……
More than 170 “far-right” Â protesters were arrested near the Cenotaph yesterday in further evidence of a tough line on disruptive demonstrations.
Police surrounded a pub packed with English Defence League supporters two hours after wreaths were laid at the nearby Whitehall monument.
“Arrested on suspicion”
Scores of young men were arrested on suspicion of breaching the peace.
Arrests: Police have taken more than 170 English Defence League members in to custody
Senior officers were determined to ‘preserve the dignity’ of memorial events and had warned trouble would be ‘dealt with robustly’.
They said anyone seen insulting the memory of the war dead would be seen as a threat to public order and detained. Ministers have already signalled their desire to protect the dignity of memorial events by outlawing Muslims Against Crusades.
The Islamic fundamentalist group disrupted the two-minute silence last year by burning poppies, chanting inflammatory slogans and clashing with the EDL.
But there was no sign of its leader Anjem Choudary after counter-terrorism police raided his home and an Islamic centre overnight. The Armistice Day police operation came just two days after the Met refused to allow a camp get a foothold in Trafalgar Square during a student march.
Pre-emptive: Officers were hoping to prevent a breach of the peace ‘elsewhere in London’
Kettled: Before the arrests, the demonstrators were herded into a confined area
No-nonsense Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe is keen to avoid being caught out by street protests or bogged down in stand-offs such as the St Paul’s camp.
Hundreds of officers surrounded the Red Lion pub, which is opposite Downing Street, as tensions rose yesterday afternoon.
Police had corralled EDL supporters into the pub at around 11am after fears they would target the camp outside St Paul’s.
Operation: The arrests took place on Whitehall, just yards from the Cenotaph war memorial
Target: The EDL is thought to have been heading for the Occupy London camp outside St Paul’s
But trouble soon flared inside as foreign staff were abused. Police forced the EDL supporters outside where they were ‘kettled’ against the building and many arrested.
One EDL supporter claimed on an internet message board that the group was armed with guns and threatened to take Britain ‘back into our own hands’. The official EDL website had ordered members to conduct themselves ‘respectfully and responsibly’.
The Met made its position clear with a series of messages on Twitter. One said: ‘Individuals seeking to disrupt the two-minute silence will be dealt with robustly. If the memory of dead soldiers is insulted where people have gathered to honour those soldiers there is clearly a threat to public order.’
David Cameron, The Sick Man of BritainÂ
Â “The EDL are terrible people, we would always keep these groups under review and if we needed to ban them, we would ban them or any groups which incite hatred.”
British Prime Minister David CameronÂ
This is what he said about the members of the English Defence League who defended their communities:
“The hon. Gentleman speaks not only for his constituents, but, frankly, for the whole House in deprecating the English Defence League and all it stands for. On its attempt to say that it will somehow help to restore order, I have described some parts of our society as sick, and there is none sicker than the EDL.”
The EDL has understandably taken exception to the Prime Minister’s characterization of them. Below is a statement posted at theÂ EDL website:
No Mr Cameron, It’s You Who Are Sick: Â The Sick Man of Britain