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Racist EDL humiliated by protest in Exeter

Issue No. 2239

More than 300 anti-racists confronted the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Exeter last Saturday when it attempted to hold a “Ban the Burqa” protest. Only 15 EDL supporters turned up.

The Devon branch of the National Union of Teachers and the Exeter Anti-Cuts Alliance supported the Unite Against Fascism (UAF) counter-protest.

Anti-racists, including members of the Labour Party, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats, joined the demonstration.

Mike Gurney from Exeter UAF described the event as “a great day for Exeter and for anti-racism. The EDL were humiliated.”

While the EDL is increasing its campaign to intimidate Muslims it is being met with widespread resistance.


The EDL has postponed a protest in Birmingham in March.

The protest was supposedly over the refusal of two councillors—including Salma Yaqoob, Respect leader and chair of Birmingham Stop the War Coalition—to give a standing ovation to royal marine Matt Croucher at a recent event.

But the soldier the EDL wanted to march in support of doesn’t back it.

He said, “They won’t be marching in my name and I won’t be joining them.”


The EDL says that it will return to Luton in July.

The group is desperate to ignite a race riot in the town after its failure earlier this month when it was outnumbered by thousands of anti-racists who will be ready to oppose them again.


Anti-fascists in Barnsley are to march against the BNP this Saturday 19 February as part of the campaign to stop it gaining votes in the Barnsley Central by-election on 3 March.

The demonstration is organised by Barnsley UAF and Barnsley Trades Council.

Assemble 10.30am at Churchfields.

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Tue 15 Feb 2011, 18:48 GMT
Issue No. 2239
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