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The EDL are thugs and fascists

Issue No. 2175

The British National Party (BNP) and the English Defence League (EDL) are flip sides of the same Nazi coin.

Fascists have built their support through a combination of legal electoral activity and street violence.

Nick Griffin has tried to temporarily rein in the BNP’s most overt displays of bigotry and violence in an attempt to worm his way into the political mainstream.

This has fed the frustration of many Nazi thugs—and boosted the EDL.

The EDL and the BNP deny they are linked, yet leading BNP members were involved in setting up the EDL. Key BNP members and supporters have been spotted at EDL protests.

The EDL has fascists at its core. Its members make Nazi salutes and been heard chanting racist slogans.

EDL members went on the rampage in Luton earlier this year, attacking areas with a large Muslim population.

But they have been beaten back by anti-fascist protests in Birmingham, Harrow and Manchester.

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