>Far Right EDL Sent To Coventry

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tills, video, print (c) 2009 Jason N. Parkinson. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday 5 September 2009: Far Right group the English Defence League (EDL) returned to Birmingham a month after violent clashes with anti-fascists and locals in August.

The EDL claim they are not racist yet the racist chants in this film, and photographic and video evidence showing some of its protestors doing the Seig Heil Nazi salute would suggest otherwise.

Riot police attempt to contain EDL in a pub

During several clashes between fascist and anti-fascist protestors 90 people were arrested, a local BNP councilor – who just happened to be in the area – got egg on his face and a large section of EDL supporters were contained in a pub by riot police.

But the rear fire door was left unguarded. EDL protestors emerged from the alleyway behind the pub with a amoury of bottles and hurled them into the crowds on New Street.

EDL protestors hurl bottles at anti-fascist protestors

Police commandeered two buses, loaded them up with the contained EDL protestors and apparently drove them to Coventry.

Since Saturday’s clashes the EDL and Casuals United declared war on the press, claiming they were being misrepresented in the media by biased “lefty scum”. A post on the Casuals United website stated all cameras not personally invited by their groups should be “treated as hostile”.

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