Police Clash With Youth After Tower Hamlets Anti-EDL March

The BBC report of the trouble just outside the Whitechapel mosque on Sunday 20 June 2010 paints a very one-sided picture. The truth is the only attack witnessed by this journalist came form one side, the police.

It had been an impressive turnout on the anti-EDL protest. Thousands marched through Tower Hamlets. It was heated, even angry, but peaceful. But when the demonstration ended the tension continued. Several hundred people remained in the street outside the mosque, fearing an EDL attack. The atmosphere was heightened by the continual cruising of police vans and cars. Then came the snatches of individuals from the street. As the youth anger became audible the police charged forwards with batons, pushing and hitting young men.

In an already tinderbox environment, these police actions did nothing but increase the potential of violent disorder. This video should set the records straight to a certain extent and deliver an alternative viewpoint to the BBC report.

(c) Jason N. Parkinson 2010. All Rights Reserved.

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