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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Under the skin of English Defence League (EDL), Neo-Nazi Right Wing Group, See BBC News Video.


Under the skin of English Defence League (EDL), Neo-Nazi Right Wing Group, See BBC News Video.

BBC News Oct. 12, 2009...So, who are the English Defence League (EDL)? Part of the problem with answering that question is they do not quite know themselves. The organisation is about seven months old and only started gathering any kind of momentum after 10 Muslim extremists staged an anti-war demo at a Royal Anglian Regiment parade in Luton in March this year.



The big divisions are in Luton, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff. They are a rag tag group of about 400 self-styled English patriots, loosely affiliated with football hooligan firms. They have a female division and a youth division. The leader of the youth division is Joel, an 18-year-old who lives with his grandparents. His father is Irish, his mother Afro-Caribbean and Joel grew up in multi-cultural Harrow, North London.

The organisation is about seven months old and only started gathering any kind of momentum after 10 Muslim extremists staged an anti-war demo at a Royal Anglian Regiment parade in Luton in March this year. The big divisions are in Luton, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff. They are a rag tag group of about 400 self-styled English patriots, loosely affiliated with football hooligan firms.


They have a female division and a youth division. The leader of the youth division is Joel, an 18-year-old who lives with his grandparents. His father is Irish, his mother Afro-Caribbean and Joel grew up in multi-cultural Harrow, North London. He did not worry about Muslim extremism until he happened upon EDL's website in April. Now he organises the youth division and sells EDL merchandise - adapted hoodies with a mask you can pull down over your face for demonstrations.

Prof Matthew Goodwin is an expert on far right groups and advises the Home Office. According to him the group is at a crossroads. Four hundred people that can be quickly mobilised online and will travel to demonstrations is seen as very useful resource. Within the organisation a debate is under way about whether it should stay as a street based protest movement or something more organised and political. The direction EDL takes next largely depends on who decides to try to hijack it, more from this source..........