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EDL and BNP - 'Tommy Robinson' link

Issue No. 2208

“Tommy Robinson” – spokesperson for the English Defence League (EDL) and a founder member of the group – is a Nazi.

He has been exposed as British National Party (BNP) member Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, from Bedford. He joined the BNP in 2004.

The reason for hiding his identity has been to keep his links to fascism quiet.

There is tension within the EDL about the role BNP members play.

Their presence scares off softer racist elements and breaks the image that the EDL is not racist.

Yaxley-Lennon’s identity was revealed by fellow EDL members on YouTube. They say they are angry with the direction the group is taking and the involvement of Nazis and hard core racists.

The EDL wants to spark a summer of race riots across Britain.

They planned to start with Tower Hamlets in east London – but were scared off by the magnificent response of anti-fascists.

They are now targeting multicultural Bradford and plan to return to Dudley.

The EDL has also attempted to attack a number of left wing events, including a demonstration against the Israeli assault on the Gaza aid flotilla and a meeting with George Galloway in Manchester last weekend.

Anti-fascists must unite to oppose them.

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Tue 29 Jun 2010, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2208
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