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Fresh crisis for English Defence League as leader Tommy Robinson quits

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2374

Locals opposed racists in Croydon last week

Locals opposed racists in Croydon last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll, co-founders of the racist English Defence League (EDL), have announced plans to quit the group. 

Robinson outlined his intention to quit in a press release sent out by the Quilliam foundation. 

Quilliam describes itself as an “anti-extremist” group. It mainly targets Muslims. 

The EDL has been linked to mosque bombings around Britain since the death of Lee Rigby in Woolwich in May. The EDL hoped that the murder of the solider would resurrect the flagging group.

In the immediate aftermath of the killing, the EDL managed to hold big protests.

But then anti-racist protests repeatedly outnumbered them and put them under pressure. The protests left the EDL with a toxic reputation.

The announcement that the two founders will leave doesn’t change the reality that they—and the remains of the EDL—will still try to intimidate Muslims.

The EDL was set to march in Bradford, west Yorkshire, on Saturday of this week. Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and We are Bradford have called a counter-demonstration to oppose the racists. 

The Unite union has organised a March Against Fascism in Liverpool on the same day. EDL supporters attacked anti-fascists leaving the union’s offices in the city two years ago.

It’s important that anti-racists mobilise to show they oppose racism—whichever organisation is trying to whip it up.


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Tue 8 Oct 2013, 16:32 BST
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